THE WELLNESS PROJECT

Innovations to advance your well-being

 

Over the last two years, Yale students and scholars, through channels ranging from reports by undergraduate, graduate and professional school students to a series of town hall-style meetings, asked for more services and support around mental health and wellness. Yale responded, and now we’re launching an exciting initiative: The Wellness Project.

 

This new effort aims to foster an environment that advances students’ well-being through innovative programs – programs that cultivate self-discovery, personal growth, and a compassionate campus culture. We’re introducing a number of features to improve student wellness, including a new student wellness website and a dedicated fund for student-developed initiatives. Thanks to graduate and professional student leadership, we are also expanding gym hours to increase the time available for physical exercise and camaraderie.

 

But these are just the beginning. Integrating new ideas and advances will be critical to the project’s ongoing development. That’s why The Wellness Project will tap into Yale’s entrepreneurial spirit and faculty’s cutting-edge research and programs. Programs like the Emotion Revolution initiative for high-school age youth, launched by the Center for Emotional Intelligence and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, and research including the Yale Stress Center’s exploration of brain-body mechanisms have much to share as we reimagine how best to support students. Staff members with expertise in this area are also generating new program ideas to enhance students’ learning inside and outside the classroom.

 

Ultimately, The Wellness Project envisions a Yale community in which all students embrace wellness as a core value and as a continual journey toward emotional, physical, social, intellectual, professional, and spiritual well-being. It’s part of a new student wellness website that includes commitment to a culture in which all students can thrive and “take responsibility for their personal growth and development, seeking well-being and balance in their lives.”

                                                    

Like forward-thinking programs being developed in wellness and stress reduction at other institutions and workplaces—such as UCLA, whose Arthur Ashe Health & Wellness Center offers resources ranging from “virtual wellness” to acupuncture and massage or Wake Forest University’s Thrive initiative—Yale’s Wellness Project advances a national trend toward a more whole-person and prevention-centered view of wellness.

 

What does wellness mean to you? What do you do to live a healthy life? The Wellness Project invites you to share your ideas, from big-picture research to innovative life hacks, as we advance student health together.