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 increase focus and build on 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:
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.
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.
Members of The Wellness Project committee will continue to work with students, faculty, and staff to identify and plan programs or services that can be prototyped in academic year 2015-2016. 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
School of Medicine ‘20
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
Director of Communications and University Events, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
School of Nursing, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ‘20
American Council on Education Fellow
Program Coordinator, Communications, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Senior Associate Athletic Director, Payne Whitney Gymnasium
Assistant Secretary for Student Life, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Director, Yale Well Initiative & the Good Life Center
Chair, The Wellness Project Committee; Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Director of Wellness and Health Education at Yale Health
Associate Director, Office of Graduate Student Life
Deputy Press Secretary, Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Communications Director, Human Resources
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ‘18
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
Associate Vice President for Yale Hospitality
Associate Athletic Director for Student Services
Director, Office of LGBTQ Resources; Senior Lecturer, WGSS
Two undergraduate members to be appointed