Carnegie Mellon University

Well-Being Resources

Whether you are looking for a guided meditation group, a wellness-themed academic course, mental health therapy, a religious network to join or workshops and programs that will help you incorporate well-being and self care into your daily routine, you'll find a variety of offerings and opportunities at Carnegie Mellon, in the local community and online.

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Be Well Newsletter
A monthly newsletter about well-being events, news and resources.

Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter
Bi-weekly newsletter sharing events and programs from the Center.

Counseling & Psychological Services D-list
Keep up with the latest events, announcements and programs from CaPS.

Nexus of Civic Engagement Newsletter
Newsletter about civic engagement and service opportunities on and off campus.

Fitness D-list
Newsletter about wellness and fitness events and opportunities on campus.

Spirituality & Religious Life Newsletter
Newsletter about spirituality and religious opportunities on campus and in the local community.

Campus Resources

Safety

Call University Police at 412-268-2323 department 24/7 to request emergency response for any safety concern, including Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

 The CMU-Alert system sends email, voice and text messages in the event of a campus emergency and during periodic tests. 

The companion to the CMU-Alert emergency notification system, Rave Guardian is a free safety app that will turn your student's smart phone into a virtual buddy system. It includes safety timers, helpful links to university resources, and direct communication to CMU Police. 

At CMU, we care about you, your social growth and your well-being. Social safety and prevention resources will help to ensure your social experiences at CMU are positive and memorable ones. 

Basic Needs & Financial Resources

The CMU Pantry is committed to reducing hunger among students by providing nutritious food at no cost. We are dedicated to serving our student community with accessible food resources to promote a healthier, balanced university experience.

Student Emergency Support Funding (SESF) provides grant and loan funding for unexpected financial hardship and maternity loans.

Students who are struggling financially should consult with their HUB liaison.

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs offers short-term emergency student loans and grants for students facing financial challenges.

Mental & Physical Health

Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) supports the mental health needs of the CMU community through a variety of services, including assisting students who need to connect with mental health resources in the community and supporting staff, faculty, and family members who have concerns about the well-being of a student. 

In addition to CaPS, Thriving Campus helps students find a therapist who specializes in higher education. Complete a customized search based on location, insurance, need, preferences and/or therapy approach. 

University Health Services (UHS) provides medical care and referrals for all CMU students, including general health issues, comprehensive care management, nutrition and alcohol/drug assessment.

LGBTQIA+ students can receive general medical care, as well as specialized care, at University Health Services.

CMU Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) strives to connect, support, and engage students (and allies) in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs. 

Violence Prevention & Bystander Action

Office of Title IX Initiatives (TIX) offers professional staff trained to provide support, information, resources, and referrals to all community members impacted by sexual misconduct, domestic violence and stalking.

Carnegie Mellon is committed to ensuring that every community member feels safe and protected. The Green Dot program was conceived in the college campus setting to prevent dating violence, sexual violence and stalking.

The active medical assistance protocol (AMAP) sets forth an expectation that community members take responsible action when the health or safety of a student is compromised due to overuse or abuse of alcohol or illicit substances and/or as a result of hazing activity.

Academic & Career Assistance

The Student Academic Success Center offers tutoringsupplemental instructionacademic coachingcommunication supportlanguage support, and a variety of workshops

The Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) is CMU's centralized career services center that provides services, programs and materials focusing on career exploration and decision making, professional development, experiential learning and employment assistance.

The Olitsky Family Foundation Career Readiness Program breaks down the barriers-of-entry for students with emotional and cognitive differences in their career-search process. 

Pittsburgh

Through the sponsorship from many funding bodies across campus, all graduate and undergraduate students can gain free access via the Arts Pass program to many of Pittsburgh's museums with just a swipe of their Carnegie Mellon ID. 

Pittsburgh Connections engages students in outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and cultural awareness throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania to help students develop and maintain a physically active lifestyle, build leadership skills, and increase their appreciation of the region.

Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) provides many ways for students to engage on and off campus.

Mind, Body & Spirit

Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Available to CMU students, faculty and staff, Headspace is your tool for mindful living.

CMU creates opportunities for spiritual and religious practice and exploration for individuals all along the spectrum of spiritual and religious development, including programs and initiatives that increase students' knowledge of the diversity of the world's religious and spiritual traditions.

Group X (Group Exercise) offers up to 60 weekly free fitness classes, including Zumba, kettlebell, HIIT (high intensity interval training), strength training, cycling, yoga, strength and cardio classes, kickboxing, dance and more.

Ethics & Integrity

Members of the CMU community are responsible for reporting unethical or illegal behavior through supervisors, other appropriate university officials or through the Carnegie Mellon Ethics Hotline.

Reports of violations of the university’s academic integrity policy should be made to Office of Community Standards and Integrity (OCSI).

The Hazing Prevention and Response website provides information about how to report hazing, CMU's policy and Pennsylvania state laws against hazing, hazing prevention and education resources, and past CMU hazing reports.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion offers resources and programs for students who align with historically underrepresented or marginalized identities such as women, LGBTQ+, transgender and gender non-binary, racially and ethnically underrepresented, and those who are first in their families to attend college.

CaPS recognizes that the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work and counseling are entrenched in supremacist ideology that has caused significant harm to marginalized communities. CaPS intentionally works toward the undoing of this ideology in their clinical work by engaging in socially-just, anti-racist practices.

Accommodations

The Office of Disability Resources provides accommodations for students with needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

International Students

Office of International Education (OIE) is committed to supporting, promoting and celebrating individuals in an intercultural environment. OIE taff advocate for and facilitate international and cross-cultural experiences, perspectives and initiatives.

Graduate & Postdoctural Students

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs website provides resources for current, prospective, incoming and postdoc students.

Domestic Partners, Families & Spouses

From health insurance to campus engagement opportunities, CMU strives to support partners, spouses and families as an important part of the Carnegie Mellon community.

CMU's Physical Health Resource

University Health Services (UHS) offers primary medical care including allergies and immunizations/vaccines, nutrition services, routine exams, prescription refills, sexual health, LGBTQIA+ health and more. Additionally, it offers health education on many topics and issues such as substance use, stress management, violence prevention, sexual and sleep health, and nutrition. 

UHS also offers medical, dental and vision insurance services. Medical health insurance coverage is required at CMU.

People Who Can Help

Associate Deans, Academic Advisors & Program Coordinators

Academic advisors, college associate deans, and graduate student program coordinators are committed to helping students achieve their full potential. If a student is struggling, advisors, program coordinators and associate deans can help students navigate academic impacts and connect with relevant resources. Contact information for these individuals is listed in each student's SIO (under the Resources tab).

College Liaisons

College liaisons are experienced Student Affairs staff who work in partnership with students, student support resources coordinators, advisors, faculty, and associate deans in each college to cultivate a positive Carnegie Mellon student experience.

Council of Religious Advisors

The Carnegie Mellon Council of Religious Advisors (CoRA) supports and encourages religious life within the campus community by providing a variety of services, including counseling, educational programs, conferences, worship, discussion groups, social events, and religious instruction. Council members work from their own traditions while also collaborating on interfaith programs.

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students provides central leadership of the metacurricular experience at Carnegie Mellon, including divisional strategic planning, coordination of student support and crisis intervention, and facilitation of divisional assessment. It also provides free legal consultation, Tartan Emergency Support Funds, and interest free student loans.

Housefellows

For undergraduate students living in university housing, the housefellow serves as the primary Student Affairs advocate for their residents. Housefellows are well-connected with campus resources and are committed to the ongoing care and well-being of our students. Housefellows can engage campus resources and assist students with personal or academic difficulty in any form.

Hub Liaisons

The assistant directors in The HUB serve as liaisons for specific colleges and assist enrolled students with key aspects of the enrollment process. Find your assigned HUB liaison on your Student Information Online (SIO) resource page or on The HUB website.

Peer Health Advocates

Peer Health Advocates (PHAs) are a group of student employees engaged in health education at University Health Services. They host campus events and develop content aimed at improving the well-being of all students.

The Plaidvocates

The Plaidvocates is a peer health and wellness advocacy program for student-athletes that supports the well-being of CMU’s varsity athletics community. The Plaidvocates are educated and trained throughout the year to listen, promote and provide support and information on stress and time management, nutrition, alcohol, drug use and other health related topics.

Resident Assistants & Community Advisors

Each house community is served by one Community Advisor (CA), who provides leadership for the vision, direction, and daily activity in each of our residential house communities. Each floor in the residential communities is served by a Resident Assistant (RA), who develop supportive relationships with individual residents and create strong floor and house communities. Learn more on the Housing and Residential Education website.

Student Academic Success Center Staff

Academic coaches, tutors and Office of Disability Resources specialists, as part of the Student Academic Success Center (SASC), provide course-aligned support including peer tutoring, collaborative learning groups, and study group formation in addition to resources like academic coaching, writing, and language support for native and non-native English speakers.

Student Leadership, Involvement, & Civic Engagement Staff

Connecting with others is a big part of well-being. Staff in the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) and the Nexus of Civic Engagement can help you get your involvement journey started or provide guidance once you are already involved on campus.

Student Support Resources

The Student Support Resources team offers an additional level of support and expertise for students who are navigating any of a wide range of life events. Student Support Resources staff members work in partnership with campus and community resources to provide coordination of care and support appropriate to each student’s situation.

Academic department have a variety of student advisory boards, working committees, and social and academic clubs that focus on well-being. Contact your specific college or department to learn more.

Alcohol and Drug Brochure (pdf)

CMU’s alcohol and drug policies, as well as information about the physical and psychological effects of alcohol and drug abuse.

The CMU Cares Folder is a pdf guide of resources for faculty and staff to help students who may need assistance, guidance or help. It is currently being redesigned. Please use this website for well-being resources and information until the new folder is published.