Wellness Promotion Resources
Not sure where to start? Check out Rammy's Resource Navigator and the Student Support Center to help locate campus resources and services.
Alcohol and Drug Resources
Alcohol and Drug Policy
RAM Recovery Student Organization
Call the Office of Wellness Promotion (610-436-0730) to discuss available cessation resources.
Responding to Addiction with Mindfulness-based Strategies (R.A.M.S. group): This group is for anyone who is struggling with substance abuse or other addictive behavior and would like a safe, supportive and confidential space to talk, connect with others, and learn. The group leader will facilitate conversations that focus on recognizing abuse and dependency, identifying ways unhealthy behaviors become addictions, and learning how to use mindfulness-based strategies as a way to safely and effectively cope with stressors. (*R.A.M.S. is not a substance abuse treatment group or 12-step support meeting. Please contact the Counseling Center or visit the Center's website’s resources page for information about these services. Mondays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Counseling & Psychological Services (Counseling Center): Information on individual counseling, group counseling, and psychiatric services
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Student Organization: student-led, student-run mental health club that tackles mental health issues on campus by raising mental health awareness with fairs, educating the campus community with presentations, supporting and connecting students, and advocating for mental health services and supports.
WCU Mental Health Folding Card
Physical Activity and Recreation
Campus Recreation: Find out about campus intramural sports, sports clubs, open recreation facilities,
special sporting events, and outdoor adventures.
WCU Group Fitness/Aerobics: The semester group fitness schedule at the Sykes Fitness Center. You can take as many classes a week as you want for only $20 per semester or $35 for the year.
Gordon Natural Area: Located around South Campus, the Gordon Natural Area provides a break from campus life without ever leaving campus. Walk around Gordon alone or on a guided tour, or cross the road to the Golden Ram Recreational Trail!
Student Health Services: Learn about the sexual health services offered on campus.
Dowdy Multicultural Center
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Office of Services for Students With Disabilities
The Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy
The Center for Women and Gender Equity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WeCU Student Affairs Resource, Support and Engagement
- Medical Amnesty
- Health Risks associated with alcohol use
- Drugs of Abuse Uses and Effects
- Legal Sanctions for marijuana law violations under state law.
- Legal Sanctions for drug violations under federal law.
- The Family Help Book: A Family's Guide to Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Resources in Chester County
- Take a T-Break: University of Vermont
General Wellness Resources
- A-Z topics at Healthfinder.gov: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides a collection of information on over 1,600 health topics.
- Changing Health Habits: ChangeU.net is dedicated to helping you achieve your behavior change goals, whether you're interested in stopping a behavior or beginning a healthy lifestyle.
- Mazzoni Center: Philadelphia's LGBT health care & wellness center.
- The Trevor Project: leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services
Mental Health Resources
- Half of Us: Learn about the warning signs of depression, find help on your campus, and connect with others.
- The Steve Fund: Supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color
- ULifeline: An anonymous, confidential, online resource center for information on mental health and suicide prevention.
- The Trevor Project: The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Nutrition, Food Allergies, and Disordered Eating
- Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA): ABA uses the Twelve-Step Program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of anorexia and bulimia.
- National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA): organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
- Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating by using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA.
- Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program
- The Renfrew Center: Renfrew provides women suffering from nutrition and eating disorders with the tools they need to succeed.
Physical Activity and Recreation
- Chester County Parks: With 4600 acres of public park land, Chester County has a park located near you. Want more options? Be sure to look at State Parks. Bike rental is available at Valley Forge National Park.
- Chester County and Regional Trails: Information on walking and biking trails throughout the county, region, and beyond.
- West Chester Borough Parks: Learn about the Parks and Recreation Department including upcoming events, parks, and more
Recovery & Treatment Centers
- 12-Step Meetings
- 12 Step Meetings at Philadelphia Area Colleges and Universities
- Al-Anon Meetings
- Chester County Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
- Rehab After Work: outpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment in Pennsylvania.
- Guadenzia: help for individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol dependency, mental illness, and related conditions.
- American Sexual Health Association: Provides information for the public and healthcare providers.
- Bedsider: Free birth control support network.
- Get Tested: Locate testing sites.
- Planned Parenthood: providing community healthcare resources and information.
- Sex, etc for Teens: Information about sexual health, including topics on: Male and Female Health, Love and Relationships, Birth Control, Relationships, STIs, and more.
Tobacco & Vaping
- Become An Ex: Re-learn life without cigarettes/tobacco
- For more information about a personal plan, visit Smokefree.gov
- Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People
- PA Department of Health 24-hour Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Ask about FREE medication for quitting tobacco use for PA residents. The TTY number for the PA Quitline is 877-777-6534.
Free Apps for QUITTERS:
- Craving to Quit: a 21 day mindfulness-based program with 2X the quit-rate as other programs!
- Get Rich or Die Smoking: How much money do you spend on tobacco? What could you buy instead?
- Since iQuit: Track how long since you stopped smoking, and money saved.
- A Guide for Parents of First Year College Students: PA Liquor Control Board
- An Attitude of Gratitude
- Celebrating Without Alcohol
- Navigating Peer Pressure
- Pandemic Exercise
- RAM FAM Wellness Resource Guide
- Tips for Talking to Your Student About Sex & Healthy Relationships
- Study Drugs
- Substance Use During A Pandemic
- Substance Use Tips for Parents and Supporters
Have you seen the latest edition of Stall Seat around campus? Stall Seat is the restroom newsletter produced by the Office of Wellness Promotion to connect the campus community with health and wellness information.
Missed an edition? Check out past editions below.
- Fall 2021
- Summer 2021
- Spring 2021: Edition 1
- Spring 2021: Edition 2
- Fall 2020: Edition 1
- Spring 2020: Edition 1
- Spring 2020: Edition 2
- Spring 2020: Edition 3
If you have a topic you would like to see in an upcoming edition of Stall Seat, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your idea. While we wish we could include your events and program information in upcoming editions of Stall Seat, please note that Stall Seat is not a marketing publication to advertise campus events and programs.
WCU Wellcast is a new podcast series from the West Chester University Office of Wellness Promotion. The Office of Wellness Promotion engages students in opportunities to cultivate sustainable skills in health and well-being. We aim to provide you with new and interesting insights on ways to improve and sustain your happiness, health, and well-being while you journey through college.
WCU Wellcast Trailer
WCU Wellcast Episode 1: Positive Psychology featuring Dr. Laura Verrekia
WCU Wellcast Episode 2: Positive Psychology II featuring Professor U
WCU WellCast Episode 3: Bystander Intervention featuring Dana Pfeiffer, Peer Educator at the Center for Women and Gender Equity
WCU Wellcast Episode 4: Motivation and Exercise featuring Olivia Dill, Recreation Attendant at WCU Campus Recreation
Ram Fam Podgram
Ram Fam Podgram’s Podcast: Episode 9: Attending to Mental Health during a Pandemic (Part 2)
WCU Ram Fam Podgram’s Podcast – Episode 6: Wellness Promotion Programming