Health and Wellness
The goal of Babson's Health and Wellness program is to support students by providing information, services and resources that will help them make good decisions about their health and wellbeing. We offer support through individual meetings and group programs to discuss alcohol and other drugs, emotional wellness, stress management, sexuality, healthy relationships, eating concerns, sexual assault and violence prevention, and other topics of interest. Our services are confidential and free.
A Safe Zone for Students
The Health Services staff and Health and Wellness team are committed to making the department a safe zone and works consistently at being allies with LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning) students.
All full-time students are entitled to 10 free counseling sessions each year provided by the Babson College Counseling Center (HRS). The center's staff is composed of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. Call 781-235-4950 for more information or an appointment.
Babson has partnered with the Jed Foundation to deliver an important and valuable online support resource for the student community about depression and suicide prevention. Ulifeline.com leverages the anonymity of the Internet and its popularity among college students to provide students with a direct link to Babson's Health Services and Counseling Program as well as important mental health information.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students) is a non-judgmental, non-moralistic harm reduction approach to understanding the role of alcohol in one's life. It is composed of two, 50-minute individual sessions and is a great way for students to learn more about their relationship with alcohol. These sessions are confidential and free. Students report that they enjoy the BASICS approach, learn a lot and feel better informed to make responsible decisions around alcohol use at college. Students may send an email to the Health and Wellness Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment. Students are also referred through the judicial process, a faculty member or class dean, or a medical or counseling professional.
The Health and Wellness team are available to meet with students individually who are concerned about sexual assault and also provide training to students toward awareness and prevention. In addition, there are many resources available on campus to support sexual assault survivors:
Babson Public Safety
In an emergency, call Public Safety (x5555) who can provide transportation to the hospital, connect you with crisis services, and inform you of your legal options. They can also connect you with the Dean on Call for immediate support and assistance at night and on weekends.
Babson Health Services
Health Services (x6363) provides confidential medical and emotional support, advocacy, and resources.
Babson Counseling Services at HRS
Counseling Services at HRS (781-235-4950) offers confidential counseling, support and resources.
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
If you would feel more comfortable using an off campus resource, call the 24 hour hotline 617-492-7273 (RAPE) or visit them on the web at www.barcc.org . BARCC offers confidential counseling, advocacy, accompaniment to the hospital, legal advocacy and support group programs.
Health and Wellness Peer Educators
The Health and Wellness Peer Education Program offers Babson students a means of giving back to their community while learning valuable leadership skills. Peer Educators are student volunteers who receive extensive training in a variety of topics related to alcohol and other drugs, stress management, mental health, nutrition and exercise, eating disorders, sexual health, sleep hygiene, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, and other wellness topics relevant to the college population. Peer educators learn public speaking, group facilitation, and leadership skills that enable them to provide workshops and run programs to student groups on these important topics in fun and creative ways. As individuals, Peer Educators may collaborate with other student leaders like RAs and Peer Mentors and with organizations like Greek Life and Athletic Teams to offer programming. As a group, the Health and Wellness Peer Educators work with each other to design, create, and offer events to the campus community while being supervised by a professional staff member from Health and Wellness in Health Services at Babson.
Program Structure and Time Commitment
Weekly group meetings are required. For 2011-2012, meetings are Fridays 2:30-4:00 pm. It is expected that Peer Educators will devote between 2-4 hours each week to the program. A full academic year commitment to the job is required, starting in the Fall semester. Peer Educators must be available for two full days of training, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, most likely on a Saturday.
How to Apply
Pick up an application at the Organizational Carnival, request one from email@example.com or download a copy. For more information contact Miranda Nordell at firstname.lastname@example.org.