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Welcome to Campus Health and Wellness

Washington State University Tri-Cities Campus Health and Wellness provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students to strive for balance and wellness. Wellness is an active, ongoing process which involves becoming aware of and taking steps toward a healthier, happier, more successful life.

Mission: The Washington State University Tri-Cities Campus Health and Wellness initiative promotes, maintains, and improves the health and well-being of the campus community in support of the academic mission. This will be accomplished through enhancing personal health and development; supporting the campus community through education and public health activities; and, providing a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Vision: To lead students, faculty, and staff toward a healthy campus environment that promotes student learning, scholarly and professional success and enhances all aspects of well-being.

Values: The Campus Health and Wellness Initiative will create a healthy campus where:

  • The campus community engages in healthy and protective behaviors
  • The campus community promotes personal and professional wellness
  • Health initiatives reflect the diversity of our campus community

FOR EMERGENCIES: Call 911

Health care services are not available on the Tri-Cities Campus

Are You in Crisis?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
WSU Employee Assistance Program:
1-877-313-4455
Tri-Cities Campus Counselor
509-372-7153

Click “Visit ULifeline” below and take a self-evaluation and learn about additional resources

Learn more by clicking on a section below

Mental and Emotional Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  •     Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  •     Pulling away from people and usual activities
  •     Having low or no energy
  •     Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  •     Having unexplained aches and pains
  •     Feeling helpless or hopeless
  •     Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  •     Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  •     Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  •     Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  •     Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  •     Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  •     Thinking of harming yourself or others
  •     Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

Students in need of short term mental health care on campus information is available by calling 509-372-7153 or clicking here

Faculty and staff can contact Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-800-313-4455 or click here for the EAP Website

Suicide Prevention

Recognizing these warning signs might help prevent a suicide attempt:

  •     Statements indicating suicidal thinking
  •     References indicating a desire to die
  •     Depression or other mood changes
  •     Withdrawal from friends/family
  •     Drug or alcohol abuse
  •     Impulsiveness or recklessness
  •     Anger and anxiety
  •     Feeling trapped and hopeless
  •     Suffering a major loss or life change
  •     Access to self-destructive means

If you think someone you know may be considering suicide:

  •     Take all comments about suicide seriously.
  •     Ask directly, “Are you having thoughts of suicide? Or Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
  •     Do not let anxiety of a “yes” response prevent you from asking.
  •     Tell the person you care and you want to help.
  •     Do not leave the person alone – If someone poses an immediate threat to self or others, call 911
  •     Guide the individual to contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
        Press 1 for military/veteran’s services

Here is a new resource that includes tutorial videos, information on the warning signs, tips, and personal stories: SeizetheAwkward.org

Violence Prevention

At Washington State University Tri-Cities, we strive to create an environment of safety and accountability. People experience these forms of violence regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, or disability. There are some groups that experience violence at rates higher than others, but it can happen to anyone. Sex- and gender-based violence (such as sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking) can occur here just like on any other college campus.

State law and university policy prohibit all forms of sex- and gender-based violence.

Resources for students and faculty are available by clicking here

Plain language definitions are listed below.

Relationship violence is harm or threat of harm in an intimate relationship. It can also be called domestic violence or dating violence. This can include (but is not limited to) physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

Stalking is a course of conduct directed toward an individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel afraid. Stalking can occur in person or through technology. Most victims are stalked by someone they know, such as a current or former partner.

Stalking interactions can mirror behaviors that many of us engage in every day, with one major difference: these interactions are unwanted and intimidating, and cause someone to fear for their safety or the safety of people around them.

Sexual assault is any sexual activity lacking clear, knowing, and voluntary consent. This can include nonconsensual sexual intercourse or other physical contact. Sexual assault most frequently occurs between people who know each other. They may be friends, romantic partners, co-workers, roommates, classmates, or casual acquaintances. They may have just met at a party or online.

While a significant portion of sexual assault on college campuses includes the presence of alcohol or other substance, sexual assault can also occur outside of a typical party scene.

(WSU Health and Wellness Services, Pullman)

Cougar Cupboard (Food bank for students)

The Federal Drug Administration defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year”.

WSU Tri-Cities provides free non-perishable food items to needy students. This program helps bridge the gap for students so they can successfully meet the basic needs of their family.

Fill out an application by clicking here

Cougar Cares (Student support team)

At times, students may encounter challenges that can impact all aspect of their lives. Please fill out the Cougar Cares form here if you have a concern that you would like the team to address.

If there is an emergency or the student is in immediate danger, please call 911 immediately and then contact Student Support Services at 509-372-7433.

Personal Food Security and Wellness Project

Personal Food Security and Wellness Project

The Personal Food Security and Wellness project seeks to deepen the understanding of food insecurity among students, faculty, and staff, and mobilize efforts to ensure the campus community at Washington State University Tri-Cities is food secure. The project will include a campus-wide food security survey, expansion of our existing food bank and community garden, campus wellness education, and development of a robust campus and community educational partnership pertaining to food security and related life skills.

Project team members:
Sarah Newcomer, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education
Jordyn Creighton, Student Financial and Support Services Manager
Cheryl Farabee, Community Garden Leader

For more information on activities and how you can be involved- contact Sarah Newcomer (Email: sarah.newcomer@wsu.edu; Phone 509.372.7170)

Learn more about the project here

Health Care Services in the Tri-Cities Area:

Kadlec Regional Hospital
Kadlec Clinics
Tri-Cities Community Health
Lourdes
Lourdes Counseling Center
Grace Clinic