About UGA Well-being Resources

About UGA Well-Being Resources

Through the University of Georgia’s Well-being initiative, Student Affairs provides campus leadership for a broad range of clinical and non-clinical resources to promote student well-being and success, creating a more active, healthy, and successful student body.  

 Through the Well-being initiative, UGA will strive to: 

  • Improve awareness of student well-being as a core priority for our community 
  • Provide more convenient, quality access to care and resources for students  
  • Enhance the speed, efficiency, and quality of programming  
  • Maximize use of available funding, resources, and facilities 
  • Streamline administrative coordination 
  • Be nimble in addressing emergent or hot topic issues 
  • Attract new and additional investments in well-being, including from private donors 
  • Continue our momentum and build on our exemplary efforts to date 
  • Formalize existing campus-wide collaborations, moving toward true integration of resources and services 

Organizationally, the initiative unites vital departments, whose staff are working daily to enhance student health and well-being. Within Student Affairs, the Well-being Initiative is led by the Associate Vice President for Student Well-Being, and includes the following departments: 

  • Student Care and Outreach 
  • The Disability Resource Center 
  • Testing Services 
  • Recreational Sports 
  • And the University Health Center, which includes Counseling and Psychiatric Services, also known as (CAPS), Health Promotion, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention, also known as (RSVP), and the Fontaine Center, which provides alcohol and other substance misuse prevention, early intervention, and recovery support services.  

Together, these areas annually engage in more than a million student interactions, supporting students’ Physical, Social, Financial, Community, and Career Well-Being needs.  

In the two years since the launch of the Student Affairs 2025 Strategic Plan, UGA Student Affairs has advanced wide-ranging efforts to create a more active, healthy, and successful student body, including: 

  • The launch of a new Well-being and Success Network, bringing together well-being partners campus-wide. 
  • Development of a new strategic plan for well-being at UGA, completed with the national JED campus partnership, a leading voice in student well-being. 
  • The introduction of Christie Campus Health as a partner to provide additional, on-demand counseling resources for students. 
  • The launch of new telehealth resources at the University Health Center, including TAO – Therapy Assistance Online—to better meet students where they are. 
  • We have made all initial screenings free for students through our counseling center, CAPS.  
  • Students can also now reach a CAPS staff member directly 24/7—when they need it most. 
  • We launched an exciting new, combined campus well-being fair, Be Well UGA Fest, holding our first event this fall. 
  • We have now raised more than $1 million in private funding through the Sunshine Fund to support students in need, along with additional funding through government and campus partners to support student emergencies. 
  • We have also had numerous communications and outreach successes, including: 
  • A new well-being website for students bringing together campus resources 
  • Integration of well-being resources on the UGA mobile app 
  • New displays of well-being resources in the Tate Student Center 
  • Integrated communications to students throughout COVID 
  • And the inclusion of well-being resources on all UGA course syllabi 

The Well-being Initiative’s sole focus and purpose is to promote student well-being, mental health, and success. To students, know that when it comes to your health and well-being, you have the support you need, any time, any place. Whether you are on campus, studying from home, or studying abroad, UGA is here for you. For more information, visit well-being.uga.edu. 

Proposed Well-being Programs and Resources

Student Affairs is introducing a new series of initiatives and efforts to enhance student engagement and well-being at UGA. As President Morehead shared at the 2022 State of the University address, Student Affairs is now at the center of UGA’s support for student mental health and well-being. 

In that address, President Morehead announced he was designating a million dollars over two years to this important effort. Planned and proposed new programs and resources include: 

Increased access to quality mental health services. 

  • By increasing mental health clinical support for students through CAPS, the ASPIRE Clinic, the Psychology Clinic, and the Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation. 
  • By adding a dedicated group mental health provider to provide proactive mental health education and support for existing and identified student groups and populations, working to improve group and campus norms and promote healthy behaviors. 

Further expansion of well-being support across campus. 

  • By bringing on new Community of Care Coordinators with Student Care and Outreach responsible for promoting student engagement with mental health services and educating faculty and staff to build a community of care across UGA. 
  • By creating additional suicide prevention programming. 
  • By providing new and bolstering existing eating disorders awareness programming and support. 
  • By initiating a new text messaging service for well-being to expand and coordinate proactive outreach and resource provision. 

 Supporting students in being more active, healthy, and successful. 

  • By formalizing a peer mentoring network at UGA to provide training for students through NASPA’s certified peer education program. 
  • By creating a new student well-being makerspace to provide a dedicated space on campus for students to engage in activities designed to enhance their well-being and mental health. 
  • By starting new student innovation grants to support enterprising students and groups to lead well-being initiatives and research projects. 
  • By initiating research grants to engage UGA student and faculty researchers working in mental health and well-being disciplines to improve campus understanding and approaches. 
  • By providing physical well-being grants to students to underwrite costs for participation in positive physical well-being and recreational activities.  
  • By creating a new program to coordinate with campus and local food providers to make “leftover” food available for students with food insecurities.