About Yale Well

This site is a web-based guide to wellness information, resources, and opportunities for all students at Yale. One area of the site is dedicated specifically to information about mental health and clinical care, much of which can also be found on the recently updated Mental Health and Counseling department website, the primary source for information about mental health care for students. As a result of Yale’s continued emphasis on the importance of a holistic education—one that develops the emotional, social, spiritual, and physical aspects of an individual as much as the intellectual mind and professional character—you will find that the site also hosts information about the many resources and services for wellness at Yale. Wellness resources include the Yale College Community Care (YC3) program, a new program available to undergraduate students to expand mental health and wellness support. Opportunities also exist for physical activity, spiritual and religious practice, participation in student organizations, peer-to-peer counseling, and more. You will also find information about wellness resources in New Haven and the work of  Yale Well, an initiative to promote and encourage wellness in students’ lives across the university.

Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student living on- or off-campus, your time at Yale is filled with learning, challenges, and great growth. I encourage you to make use of the wide-ranging resources at our university and to embrace fulfilling opportunities and choices as you chart a lifelong journey toward wellness.

As conversations about wellness continue and the work of Yale Well develops, please visit this site to remain updated on wellness initiatives at Yale. 

Be Well.

Kim Goff-Crews
Secretary and Vice President for University Life

This site was produced by the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for University Life with contributions from Mental Health and Counseling at Yale Health, members of the Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Yale, Yale Well Committee, the Mental Health and Counseling Advisory Committee, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, the Graduate Student Assembly, and the Yale Law School Mental Health Alliance. 

Mission, Vision and Committee Members

In 2013 and 2014, the Yale College Council, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and Graduate Student Assembly, and the Yale Law School Mental Health Alliance released reports on mental health at Yale. In these reports, student leaders, on behalf of their constituents, expressed concerns regarding information and access to clinical mental health services on campus. Since the release of these reports, key administrators and staff have addressed and continue to respond to many of these concerns, supported by significant student, faculty, and staff contribution and consultation.

Students, and the Yale community as a whole, acknowledge that support for mental health services is only one piece of a larger effort to enhance student well-being and to encourage a culture of holistic wellness at Yale. The student reports, along with conversations between students and administrators, have reinforced the importance of fully promoting and supporting wellness—in all its forms—as one of the principal elements of student and scholarly life at Yale.

In the summer of 2015, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews convened a group of students, faculty, and staff to reinforce and enhance existing efforts for student wellness at Yale. As of August 2015, the committee has crafted a mission and vision for an initiative called “The Wellness Project,” now known as Yale Well:

Vision
The Wellness Project envisions a Yale community in which all students, as individuals and as members of the university, embrace wellness as a core value and as a continual journey toward emotional, physical, social, intellectual, professional, and spiritual well-being.

Mission
To foster an environment that supports and advances students’ well-being, in all its dimensions, through innovative programs, opportunities for self-discovery and growth, and the cultivation of a compassionate campus culture.

As the Project grows and evolves, please check this site for information and updates on these initiatives. In the meantime, use the wellness-related information under the How to Yale Well tab of this website to learn more about opportunities to be well and stay well at Yale. Whether you are interested in learning yoga, attending a religious or spiritual service, developing stress-reduction techniques, or participating in a student organization committed to wellness activities, there are many ways to enrich your life and to practice well-being at Yale and in New Haven.

The Wellness Project Committee

Ricky Belizaire
Community Wellness Specialist

James Benson
Director of Culinary Excellence, Yale Hospitality

Stephen Blum
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, AYA

Dr. Marc Brackett*
Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Senior Research Scientist in Psychology; Faculty Fellow, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

Heather Calabrese
Director of Communications and University Events, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Coreen Coia
Yale College Student Support Counselor 

Ryan Croteau
Program Coordinator, Communications, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Evan Cudone
GSAS 2023, Computationl Biology & Bioinformatics

Andrés Fernández Álvarez
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Yale School of the Environment 

Andrew Forsyth
Assistant Secretary for Student Life, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Amber Garrard
Senior Manager, Office of Sustainability

Lucy Gilchrist
YC’24, Yale Student Mental Health Association

Kimberly Goff-Crews
Chari, The Wellness Project Committee; Secretary and Vice President for University Life

Ryan Hagan
Associate Athletic Director, PWG & Campus Recreation

Lauren Horner
Health Educator, Student Wellness

Radeesha Jayewickreme
YC’22, Yale Student Mental Health Association

Haja Kamara
Community Wellness Specialist

Lisa Kimmel
Director of Wellness and Health Education at Yale Health

Sharon Kugler
University Chaplain

Angelyn Makomenaw
Yale College Student Support Counselor 

Jennifer Mendelsohn
Associate Director, Office of Graduate Student Life

Christian Milian
Woodbridge Fellow, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for University Life

Adam Millman
Senior Director, Residential Dining 

Shruti Parthasarathy
YC’24

Karen Peart
Deputy Press Secretary, Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Lalani Perry
Assistant Vice President, Internal Communications

Emma Seppala
Co-director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Rajita Sinha*
Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neurobiology; Director, Yale Stress Center

Rafi Taherian
Associate Vice President for Yale Hospitality

Alexa Vaghenas
Woodbridge Fellow, Good Life Center

Saijel Verma
YC’23

*faculty advisor