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Well-Being Resources, November 2020

Katherine L. Sermersheim, Ph.D. Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students 

November 23, 2020

Dear Boilermaker,

Thank you and well done! Because of your commitment to the Protect Purdue Pledge we made it to week 14 and the predetermined part of the semester where we all shift to remote instruction. Regardless of the modality of learning you participated in this fall, or your physical location, our team in student life is available to assist you in all aspects of student success. Please know that while we transition to remote learning, your physical and mental health and well-being remain important to us. Please see below for a few examples of resources that continue to be available during our break from campus life and beyond. These efforts of promoting self-care tools are part of the Steps to Leaps initiative, intending to bolster student success by offering tools, resources, and support for all aspects of your life.

  1. Mental Well-Being –A full list of resources available to support all aspects of your well-being.
  2. WellTrack - An interactive self-help tool that is free and available to all Purdue students. This tool offers a mood tracker to help record information about mood, activities, places and relationships that can help individuals notice patterns between moods and other variables. It offers brief video courses to address concerns with anxiety, depression, resiliency and public speaking as well as a Zen Room for mindfulness opportunities and other tools to about mental health.
  3. CAPS - Purdue’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) that will continue to offer services remotely as the West Lafayette campus transitions to remote instruction and heads toward the Thanksgiving holiday and winter break. For additional details see here.
  4. After hours and emergencies: After-hours mental health crisis services that remain available 24 hours a day. Call 765-494-6995, then press 1. Call 911 if your crisis is life threatening.
  5. ThrivingCampus - If you are hoping to connect to a mental health provider closer to your location over the break utilize Thriving Campus; a search tool for mental health providers in your area.
  6. ODOS Student Support Services: Additional student support that may not require licensed therapy.
  7. Student of Concern - Worried about another student? Report your concern.
  8. Protect Purdue guidance on fall departure, transition to remote instruction and winter break.

Please stay well, safe, and healthy during this time away from campus, and know that your success and well-being remain paramount to us.

Happy Thanksgiving! Boiler Up! Hammer Down! Hail Purdue!


Katherine L. Sermersheim, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students
Purdue University
Schleman Hall| Room 207
475 Stadium Mall Drive | West Lafayette, IN  47907
Phone:  765.494.1257| Email:

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