Mental Health & Wellness

How you feel matters. Success in graduate school depends, in part, on your ability to recenter and find even the tiniest bit of calm amidst the noise. We want you to think broadly about the many things that contribute to your wellbeing, and allow you to feel your best in all areas of your life. Explore mental health and wellness resources below.

Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

Alcohol & Drug Programs
If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drugs, Student Health Services offers a wealth of information on counseling, recovery, screening, and intervention services.

Behavioral Medicine Groups & Workshops
Behavioral Medicine offers various workshops and groups to help you address a variety of mental health related needs. Participating in one of these options will help decrease isolation and expand your support network, while gaining effective coping skills.

Headspace
Headspace is the mindfulness app that helps with stress, anxiety, sleep, and focus. And the best part is, you get it for free as a BU graduate student.

BU Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
BU CARD is a clinic specializing in anxiety disorders and related challenges, such as mood, sleep, concentration, and pain and is open to both adults and children.

Student Health Services Behavioral Medicine
If you’re feeling stressed, worried, or depressed, the experts at SHS Behavioral Health can guide you toward mental and emotional health and stability.

Sexual Assault Response & Prevention (SARP)
The Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) compassionately responds to survivors of trauma and prevents interpersonal violence through awareness and education. SARP provides free-of-charge counseling and advocacy to Boston University students who have experienced a traumatic event, responding to traumas such as sexual assault, dating violence, and other types of interpersonal violence. SARP clinical services include a 24/7 crisis line, advocacy (medical, legal, and academic), individual counseling and referrals to community providers, and group counseling.

Terriers Connect
The Terriers Connect training program teaches members of the Boston University community to identify signs of distress, develop effective skills for communicating with and supporting students, and provide accurate information about referrals to mental health professionals.

Interrupt: A Training for Graduate Students
Graduate students, especially doctoral candidates, face a unique set of challenges when confronted with sexual misconduct. Power differentials, dual roles, gender-based harassment, and the interpersonal dynamics that often exist in a department or cohort can contribute to difficult situations. Interrupt is an interactive training designed to help graduate students identify opportunities, and build the skills, to interrupt sexual misconduct. 

The Danielsen Institute
The Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute offers individual, couples, family & group therapy in an outpatient mental health clinic for persons in the greater Boston area.

Physical Wellbeing

Sargent Choice Nutrition Center
Sargent offers an array of nutrition services and counseling to the BU community, including help with weight loss, food allergies, and sports nutrition.

BU Fitness & Recreation Center
FitRec is free for full time students at BU, with a nominal fee for spouses and children. This phenomenal facility offers individual and group fitness and recreation activities, from swimming to rock climbing to yoga to personal training.

BUMC Fuller Gym
All BUMC students, faculty, and staff have access to the Fuller Gym. Fitness and yoga classes are available by signing up for the Medical Campus FitPass.

Aquatics
FitRec has two pools, designed for all types of swimmers. Choose from SCUBA, aerobics, diving, and swimming classes, as well as as well as a comprehensive program of American Red Cross certification courses in Lifeguard Training and Water Safety.

Sailing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding
Take a beginning or intermediate sailing class, or rent kayaks and paddle boards and head out on the Charles River.

Rowing & Sculling
The DeWolfe Boathouse, on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, is BU’s state-of-the-art facility to sharpen your rowing skills or to learn to row or scull.

Ski & Snowboard Program
Learn to ski or take your skills to the next level with BU’s February ski program at Nashoba Valley. A bus takes you to the mountain, where certified instructors teach group classes. Afterwards, you can hit the trails.

Skating
Glide across the ice at an open skate, or take skating lessons at the Walter Brown Arena on the Charles River Campus.