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COVID-19 Update

Health Promotion is currently accommodating presentation and outreach requests online via Zoom and is available by phone at 509-335-9355 and via email at Health Promotion staff is respecting the mandate for social distancing by teleworking.

Health Promotion Overview

We provide community strategies and programs to support individual and community well-being, including enhancing mental wellness and reducing violence and substance abuse. Stay up on news, events, and trainings by subscribing to the Health Promotion Connect newsletter.

Workshops for students

We provide workshops to support student health, happiness, safety, and success.

For any questions about programs and outreach, please contact us.

Stress reduction and mental health education

Emotional wellness is a lifelong process of developing awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. Emotional wellness helps you have satisfying relationships, deal with conflict, and bounce back after challenging or stressful times.

Stress reduction program highlights:

  • Stress Management: College students frequently deal with high levels of stress. Learn how to identify symptoms of stress early and techniques to reduce stress before it becomes unmanageable. Participants learn mindfulness and ways to change their mindset about stress to use it as a tool instead of a trigger.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: You’ve heard about all the incredible effects of mindfulness and meditation – greater health, longevity, concentration and focus, satisfaction with life, happiness, emotional regulation and so much more! Join us to learn how to use meditation basics throughout the day and reap these positive, stress reducing benefits.

Mental health education and training:

  • Mental Health First Aid: This certification course teaches participants to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and how to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Training: This training teaches participants warning signs of suicide and how to respond appropriately in a suicidal crisis. Participants learn active listening skills that can help manage any situation of crisis.

Violence prevention

At WSU, we believe that everybody has a role to play in addressing violence. Our efforts will only be effective when we work together as a community of Cougs.

Violence prevention program highlights:

  • Count on Cougs: This violence prevention program focuses on making our campus safer by empowering bystanders to become active members in our community to reduce sex- and gender-based violence.
  • Relationships: Our workshops on relationships help you recognize differences between healthy and unhealthy behaviors within intimate relationships. You’ll also learn about campus resources and tips for supporting a friend involved in an abusive relationship.
  • Sex- and Gender- Based Violence: These workshops unpack stalking, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. Students will understand the impact of violence on victims and communities and learn support and reporting options available to victims and survivors.

Substance use

Our work with alcohol education focuses on identifying and improving environmental and personal factors that support responsible use of alcohol. We do research to develop effective interventions, evaluate campus programs, and consult campus-wide to guide best practices across the domains of campus life.

According to 2016 National College Health Assessment data, most WSU students perceive that less than 4 percent of students do not consume alcohol. In actuality, roughly 18 percent of WSU students choose not to drink. Of those students who do consume alcohol, about 58 percent do so responsibly (having 4 or fewer drinks).

Alcohol-related program highlights:

  • Alcohol Safety: This workshop will teach you to identify warning signs of alcohol overdose, legal facts, and how to care for someone safely until advanced medical help arrives.
  • Drinking Responsibly: No one wants their best friend to get hurt or harm someone else. Alcohol is a common thread between the majority of violent acts, student deaths, and academic deficiencies. However, alcohol is not inherently bad. Learn about a variety of alcohol related topics, including the effects of alcohol, bystander Intervention, what to do during medical emergencies, and WSU drinking norms.