Center for Wellness

As the response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, The Center for Wellness is committed to maintaining services for students in need of mental health and accessibility support. The Institute is taking necessary steps to keep our campus community safe and healthy.  We are following the recommendations from the CDC to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. 

In an effort to comply with physical distancing recommendations, the Center will be utilizing online services for triage, case management, and more general support.  We ask that students contact the Center at 617-989-4390 to speak to a counselor by phone. With the Center for Wellness providing services remotely, we ask that you do not fax or mail any information to our office. Instead, please submit your documents electronically given the provided links.

Students already connected to the Center for Wellness will be contacted by their counselor to determine how to best provide support or referrals. 

ProtoCall, our afterhours counselor by phone services will continue to be available when the Center is closed during the evening and weekends.  Students wishing to utilize this option should call 617-989-4390 and press #2 when prompted. 

Any student experiencing a mental health emergency should contact Public Safety at 617-989-4444, dial 911, or contact your local emergency department.   

Immunizations

If you have questions regarding your immunizations, please visit the Immunizations Requirement page for detailed instructions. 

 

Virtual Support Groups

In addition, the Center will be offering online counseling support groups. These groups will be running weekly and include: 

 

Two Anxiety Workshops per week – open to any student 

  • The online anxiety group will be held every Tuesday and Friday from 12:00 to 1:00.   
  • To join the Tuesday Online Anxiety Workshop (beginning 3/24/20), please fill this out first. AnxietyWorkshopTuesday 
  • To join the Friday Online Anxiety Workshop (3/20/20) please fill this out first. AnxietyWorkshopFriday 

Interested students can enroll here or contact Carter Paul (paulc1@wit.edu) or David Gaydos (Gaydosd@wit.edu) with any questions. 

 

An Anti-Depression Group: Coping skills and Support when Times get Tough – Open to any student

  • The online workshop will be held every Wednesday from 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • To sign up for the Wednesday group, please fill out this survey: Anti-Depression

This group will offer education, support, and insight through connection with peers, facilitated by a mental health counselor. It is a confidential, and anonymous space to work through feelings of depression including (but not limited to) self-esteem, loneliness, low motivation, challenges of connection/communication, and intrusive thoughts. The group will offer honest, gentle feedback from both therapists and participants about ways that you might be behaving and thinking that may seem unhelpful to yourself, and coping skills to help manage your mood. Participation is not required (although encouraged) if students would rather attend and observe the discussion. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Loren Belforti (belfortil@wit.edu) or David Gaydos (Gaydosd@wit.edu).

 

A Family Dynamics Group - Too Close to Home: Surviving isolation with your loved ones – Open to any student

This is a support group for students who would like to discuss how family dynamics have been impacted by returning home during quarantine. This is a confidential and anonymous space. Emphasis is on mutual support, validation and normalization of the experience of being home with family members, isolated from friends and the world, moving to remote learning, and facing uncertainty in this time. Themes likely to be explored include returning to a place of trauma, exploring the role we play in our family, cultural/generational differences, adjusting to more time at home, grief, caregiver burden, and impact on relationships. Participation is not required (although encouraged) if students would rather attend and observe the discussion. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Loren Belforti (belfortil@wit.edu) or David Gaydos (Gaydosd@wit.edu).

 

Socialization Group – Open to any student 

The Center for Wellness wants to make sure you can maintain connections with peers as much as possible during this challenging time so we will be hosting a virtual socialization group each week for the rest of the semester. 

  • The online socialization group will be held every Thursday 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
  • Please contact Bridget McNamee, mcnameeb@wit.edu, if you are interested in joining to get the meeting password. 
  • To join the Thursday Group, click the link to Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://wentworth.zoom.us/j/2652540956?pwd=MVdIZExvUkkyVjNRUlJ0QjhpNmJpQT09

    Meeting ID: 265 254 0956
    Password: wellness
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    Find your local number: https://wentworth.zoom.us/u/akCbSpoW5

A Virtual Eat and Greet - open to any community member

The Office of Health Promotion and Education is hosting a virtual space to encourage socialization over meals while keeping social distance. 

  • The Virtual Eat and Greet will be held on Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • To join the group, click the link to join the zoom meeting: 

    https://wentworth.zoom.us/j/97411529649?pwd=ODNHdFVEcm9hd1MrSVduMHVPWVhJUT09

    Meeting ID: 974 1152 9649

    Password: 889562

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            +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

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            +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

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    Meeting ID: 974 1152 9649

    Find your local number: https://wentworth.zoom.us/u/aeFJQ5vp1n

 

Weekly Virtual Meditation Group - open to any community member

The Center for Wellness is hosting virtual meditations to encourage mindfulness practices during this time of isolation. 

 

Accessibility Services

Students needing Accessibility Services can be accommodated via Skype or phone sessions and should contact 617-989-4390 to set up an appointment.   

Prospective Student Virtual Office Hours April 7th-June 30th 

Drop in to ask any questions you have about Accessibility Services and the accommodation process at Wentworth:

If you require closed captioning services please contact counseling@wit.edu to request accommodations one week before you are planning to attend a virtual event. 

 

The Science of Well-Being - Free online course

Yale University is providing a free course on the science of well-being. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

Social Media Challenges

Please follow @WITWellness on Instagram and Twitter to find additional resources and social media challenges. 

 

We thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this challenging time. 

The Center for Wellness 

 

How Are You Feeling?

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. Take A Screening

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Assistance

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call or visit:

  • Wentworth Public Safety: 617-989-4444 or 911
  • Samaritans of Boston Suicide Hotline: 617-247-0220 or 877-870-4673
  • Samariteens: 800-252-8336
  • ULifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

The JED Foundation Health Matters Campus Program is designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional wellbeing and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse, and prevent suicide among their students.

 

 

 

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About the Center for Wellness

The mission of the Center for Wellness is to deliver comprehensive support to all students by providing direct services and information, and resources in three areas—mental health counseling, accessibility support and accommodations, and health promotion and education—with the goal of enabling our students to thrive.

Counseling Services offers a safe, confidential environment for students to explore their mental health, and gain awareness and insight into their lives. Services are available to all Wentworth students free of charge on a short-term basis, depending on individual need. Students can also obtain referrals to community resources for issues related to psychotropic medications and more specialized treatment.

Accessibility Services provides support for students with physical, medical, psychological, and learning disabilities to help them participate fully in the life of the community. Staff can help students with a documented disability arrange for reasonable accommodations. To receive services, individuals must voluntarily disclose their disabilities, provide documentation as required by the institution, and request specific services.

The Office of Health Promotion and Education keeps the Wentworth community informed about living healthily on campus and in their lives. Our office promotes the seven dimensions of wellness—emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual—through—campus-wide events and activities, and in consultation with individual students seeking health and wellness resources to enhance their lives.