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CU Health and Wellness Resources

CU offers multiple health and wellness services, such as vaccinations, flu shots, pharmacy, sexual and reproductive health and more. This page will focus on the mental health related aspects that CU offers. If you would like to know more information on all the services CU offers, please visit their website here:

Note: Only applicable for current CU students and faculty. CU can refer to other 3rd parties or non-affiliated CU resources depending on circumstances and certain situations. If you have specific questions that were not answer on this page, please contact the appropriate office/department for more information.

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Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

CAPS offer confidential, on campus mental health and psychiatric services for variety of concerns tailored to fit students’ need. | 303-492-2277 | C4C N352

  • Counseling Students can receive short term confidential counseling with a licensed therapist.
    • Individual
    • Couples

Note: Both parties in the couple must be CU Boulder Students to receive couple’s counseling.

  • Psychiatry Students can seek professional help from psychiatrists and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for mental health conditions and issues.
    • Anxiety
    • ADHD
    • Bipolar and depressive disorders
    • Phobias
    • Hallucinations
    • Eating disorders

Note: These are commonly addressed but are not limited to.

Note: All workshops are online until TBD on the coronavirus.

  • Process Therapy Groups Confidential group therapy for students to share and get support.
    • All Gender Process Group
      • Supportive space for students to deepen self-understanding and to explore ways to relate other comfortably regarding depression, anxiety, family dynamics, and other personal concerns.
    • Women’s Group
      • Designed for undergraduates and graduates seeking connection in a supportive and therapeutic environment.
    • Men’s Group
      • Designed for men to connect others to gain support and inspiration while exploring things face as men.
    • General Graduate Process Group
      • Supportive environment for students to examine and explore patterns of thinking and range of symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.
    • Graduate Women’s Group
      • Support graduate women experiencing ranges of stressors common to student life.
    • Graduate Men’s Group
      • Facilitate graduate men’s awareness of self and interpersonal styles of relating to others and focuses on challenging traditional norms.
    • Students of Color Group
      • For students of color to unapologetically show up and share thoughts while giving the opportunity to deepen self-understanding and explore ways of relating to others.
    • Creating Safety to Move Past Trauma Group
      • Help individuals who have had a traumatic experience by developing a sense of strength, security, and empowerment.
    • Transgender and Gender Creative Group
      • Provides space for all CU students of any gender variant and gender queer to focus on personal development, coping skills, and acceptance for each person’s unique journey.

Note: Advance sign up and pre-group screening are required.

  • Skilled-Based Therapy Groups Confidential group focus on specialty areas, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
    • DBT
      • Cognitive, behavioral, and Eastern mindfulness strategies
    • ACT
      • Efforts to avoid, control, or get rid of unwanted thoughts, feelings, and/or sensations of suffering.
    • Fostering Social Relationships
      • Focuses on concerns related to difficulties in relationships, specifically understanding social rules/expectations and verbal/nonverbal communication in interpersonal settings
    • Basic Skills for Managing the Impact of Trauma on Daily Life
      • Focuses on neurobiology of trauma and how it impacts current functioning
    • Grief and Loss Group
      • Opportunity to connect and express the experience of loss
    • Tasting Life
      • Designed for students struggling with eating and body image
    • Living with Uncertainty
      • Designed for students diagnosed with OCD

Note: Advance sign up and pre-group screening are required.

  • Informal Consultations Walk in appointments to speak with a counselor that are informal and confidential.

Note: Not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment.

  • Canine-Assisted Therapy Presence of a dog during counseling sessions

Note: Toby (imaged below) is on campus once a week to visit students.

  • Suicide Prevention Recognize signs and information on how to support someone in need
  • Virtual Reality Therapy Integrate VR with traditional therapy techniques for students facing common mental health issues

Note: Scheduling sessions with VRT is done with counselor’s approval.

  • Eating Disorders Services Provides assessment and treatment plan to students struggling with issues related to food, weight, and body image.
  • ADHD Provide assessment and treatment for ADHD
  • Substance Use Help students avoid pitfalls related to substance abuse
  • SilverCloud Confidential online portal that offers secure, immediate access to online programs for stress, anxiety, and depression.

Note: SilverCloud is a free application for anyone to use. CU Boulder Students have a different way to login for it. Please view this link for instructions.

Collegiate Recovery Center (CRC)

Provides support students in recovery or seeking recovery form substance use and other addictions through support meetings, sober social events, 1 on 1 recovery coaching, and referrals by professional staff experienced in recovery. | | 303-492-9642 | UMC 414

Note: You do not need to be a CU student to seek resources or come to support meetings.

  • Get Involved
    • Student Lounge
      • Space for socializing, studying, meetups with other sober students/members

Note: Only available during UMC open hours and have key access.

  • Meetings and Support Groups
  • Membership
    • Additional support and benefits in making commitments to CRC programs
    • Check out the CORE Membership below!
  • Campus Housing
    • CU Boulder students of all ages and academic levels in the CORE Membership are eligible to live in CORE housing, a recovery-focused and sober residence.
  • Event and Activities
    • Regular weekly activities and special events open to all students interested in sober socializing and to allies recovery community
    • Sign up here to be added to the email list.
  • Leadership and Service
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Opportunities to propose ideas for events or activities
    • Opportunities for internships or gaining other professional experience

Note: Donations are welcome to help provide events and activities as well operate the Center.

  • Find a meeting: Refer to schedule above
    • Men’s Monday: All recovery meeting and check in for students identify as men
    • Recovery Talks: Open discussion about life in recovery. Open to all paths of recovery.
    • Faculty/Staff Recovery Meeting: Weekly meetings for CU faculty and staff who struggle with addiction
    • Accountability Meeting: Open discussion for those newer to recovery or exploring sobriety
    • CRC Community Meeting: Weekly CRC meetings to connect, share, support and make social plans
  • CORE Membership
    • Must be in CORE membership to be eligible for CORE housing

Health Promotion

Provides outreach and education on a variety of health topics. Health Promotion collaborates with student groups and campus departments to provide programs and services that positively influence student health. | | 303-492-2937 | Wardenburg 346

Note: There is a Wellness Suite for students living in the Williams Village.

  • Nap pods are in Wellness Suite and Recreation Center as well.

Note: Only in Wellness Suite at Wardenburg.

  • Peer Wellness Coaching |
    • Available to students to help set and achieve wellness goals or make meaningful changes in their lives.
    • Drop-in Hours
    • Use email above to schedule appointment
  • Programs
    • Overdose Prevention and Response Training
      • Recognize and respond to alcohol or drug related emergency
    • Supporting Student Resiliency
      • Focuses on areas critical to student retention and success
    • Nicotine Cessation
      • Offers quit kits and 1 on 1 consultations
    • Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
      • Helps students examine alcohol use and identify changes or harm reduction strategies to reduce risk of future problems.
    • Workshops
      • Party Smart
        • Conversation to have a better time and look out for one another
      • Sleep to Learn
        • Exploring strategies for restorative sleep and the connection to health
      • Exploring Substance Use
        • Safe, non-judgmental space to explore student’s relationship with substance use
      • Stress(less) Programs
        • Aromatherapy: Make your own aromatherapy and understand how it can help
        • Chair massages: 5 minutes chair massages
        • Creative Expression: Coloring, origami, DIY stress balls, glitter bottles
        • Guided Mindfulness Exercise: Learn and integrate mindfulness into daily life
        • Stress Assessment: Learn how stress shows for you and ways to incorporate self-care

Note: Workshops and stress(less) programs can be requested for student groups, organizations, Greek, etc. through their website.

  • Outreach programming
    • Let’s Chat
      • Designed to connect you with other CU Boulder students and health and wellness staff in an accessible setting
      • New topics every week
    • Wellness Wednesdays
      • Weekly events on Wednesdays from 2-4pm to engage in self-care activities and a space to build community
    • Health Huts
      • Health and Wellness activities on Tuesdays from 12-2pm
    • Health and Wellness Trainings
      • Professional Development Series to support student resiliency
      • Mental Health First Aid training to help assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis
    • Fri-YAY Nights
      • Every Friday nights provides a space to make connections, build community, and have fun with the variety-themed events and activities.
    • Health and Wellness Summit
      • Annual event to learn more about the holistic approach to health and wellness and the programs and services available.

Medical Services

Primary Care resource for CU Boulder Students | 303-492-5101 | Wardenburg Health Center

Note: Questions about health insurances please refer to this link or contact them directly.

Office of Victim Assistance (OVA)

Strives to mitigate the impact on any traumatic experiences and empowering victims/survivors by providing support, advocacy, and short-term counseling services. | | 303-492-8855 | C4C N450

Recreation Services

Variety of quality, convenient, innovation, and inclusive ways to help connect yourself and to campus community, such as ice skating, indoor rock climbing, team sports, yoga, swimming, and more! | 303-492-6880 | Student Recreation Center

Note: Another location at Williams Village Recreation Center

Disability Services

Ensures that student receive reasonable accommodations and services to participate equally in the academic environment. | 303-492-8671 | | C4C N200

Red Folder


An online resource tailored for staff and faculty to recognize and respond to students in distress. However, some signs and response can be applicable outside the academic setting, which are listed below. For more information in depth, please visit the website or a different resource.

  • Recognizing signs of distress
    • Physically
      • Marked changes in physical appearance, such as poor hygiene or sudden weight changes
      • Strange/bizarre behavior
      • Visibly intoxicated of alcohol or marijuana
      • Rapid speech or manic behavior
      • Depressed or lethargic mood
    • Psychological
      • Self-disclosure of personal distress
      • Unusual or disproportionate emotional response to events
      • Excessive tearfulness, panic reactions
      • Verbal abuse
    • Responding to a person in distress
      • Stay safe
      • Take your time
      • Stay calm
      • Use active listening
      • Ask direct questions
      • Refer to resources


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