Mental Health Resources
In collaboration with the School of Pharmacy (SoP), the Psychology Research & Training Clinic (PRTC) offers psychotherapeutic services to SOP students free of charge during the academic semesters. When needed, the clinic will work with students to help them over the summer, and students can contact Karen Kopacek (firstname.lastname@example.org), SOP Associate Dean for Student Affairs, for help with accessing this service in a manner that meets their needs. All services are offered at the PRTC, located in the Brogden Psychology Building (1202 W. Johnson St., Madison, WI 53706). All SoP students are eligible to receive an initial evaluation and psychotherapy sessions. In the rare event that PRTC services are not appropriate, PRTC staff will work with you to find suitable treatment. PRTC services and records are confidential, and no identifiable information is shared with the SoP or any other University of Wisconsin entity without your consent.
Graduate and Professional Student Assistance Specialist
The Graduate School and the Dean of Students Office jointly support a staff position focused on graduate student needs. Elaine Goetz-Berman serves in this role, which includes support, advocacy, and resource referral for graduate students. Elaine’s approach to working with graduate students centers on her specialized knowledge about the unique academic and personal challenges they face. Elaine also works closely with faculty & staff in graduate programs to consult on graduate students of concern.
Every currently enrolled UW–Madison student immediately has access to three 30-minute sessions with a Uwill counselor. Students register for a Uwill account with their wisc.edu email address. Students are usually able to get their first session within 24 hours.
University Health Services – Mental Health Services
UHS offers a safe and confidential environment with a variety of support services available free of charge and open to all graduate students living in Wisconsin. These include individual, couple/partner, and group counseling, as well as stress management and psychiatry services.
Let’s Talk confidential and informal 20-minute consultations with a mental health provider are available every weekday. For in-person sections, students can just stop by the location. For virtual sections, sign-up is available.
Those living out of state may access specific workshops, crisis support, Let’s Talk services, and care management for connection with care and resources in local communities or at UHS. Mental Health Services offers both Telehealth (via phone or Zoom) and in person appointments and services.
An Access Appointment is the entry point to services at Mental Health Services and is done over the phone. To schedule an Access Appointment, students should call Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 (option 2) or log on to MyUHS for 24-hour appointment booking. To ensure students are getting the earliest appointment, UHS recommends calling to schedule this. These access appointments will last about 20 minutes.
If there is a risk of suicide or immediate concern about the wellbeing of yourself or another student, call UHS 24-hour crisis service to speak with an on-call counselor at 608-265-5600, option 9. If a situation is immediately life threatening, call 911.
In addition, UHS hosts a variety of group counseling opportunities. Here are a few of relevance to graduate students:
- Grad Resilience (will resume in January 2024: Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm) – This is a series of rotating 1-hour virtual lunch discussions for current graduate students. Each section presents strategies to navigate a feature of graduate culture with the opportunity for participants to share experiences and ask questions.
- Graduate Students Support Group (will resume in January 2024: Mondays 1:00-2:30) This group will examine the sources of stress, ways of coping, and the value of peer support in adjusting to the challenges of being a graduate student. Topics may include time management, financial stress, relationship concerns, burnout, isolation, and maintaining balance.
- Dissertators’ Group (will resume in January 2024: Mondays 3:00- 4:30pm) A supportive group environment focused on the emotional, behavioral, and organizational challenges associated with the dissertation process.
- International Students Support Group (will resume in January 2024: Fridays 3:00-4:30pm) For international students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies. This group strives to provide a space for international students to share their experiences, as well as build connections, resilience, and a sense of belonging.
The groups listed above are just a few examples. Additional groups address LGBTQ support, relationships, depression, anxiety, and other topics. Groups typically meet one to two hours weekly and may run from four to 12 weeks per semester. These groups fill up very quickly, so students should enroll in these groups at the beginning of the semester.
Additional UHS Resources include:
- Wellness Initiatives – UHS’s interdisciplinary program is designed to assist students’ pursuit of healthy mind, body, and spirit. Programs address healthy living, nutritional counseling, mindfulness, exercise consultation, yoga, massage, stress management, and more.
- Sexual Violence Prevention Program – UHS provides an online sexual violence and misconduct prevention program, which all incoming graduate students at UW-Madison are required to complete.
- Survivor Services – Survivor Services provides confidential support for students who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking. Services include information and referral, individual and group counseling, and advocacy and accompaniments.
Additional support and resources on campus include:
- Dean of Students Office – This office is a primary resource for connecting students who are navigating personal, academic, or health issues, to supportive campus and community resources. They are committed to fostering a caring environment for all students. Responsibilities include responding to same day drop in concerns, the Student of Concern Report, the Bias Reporting Process, as well as many other issues affecting student wellbeing. Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:00pm, room 70 Bascom Hall. You can also call at 608-263-5700 or email email@example.com.
- University Veterans Services – Student veterans transitioning to civilian life face unique challenges. The mission of University Veterans Services is to support military-connected students by fostering personal transitions and pursuit of academic success.
- Ombuds Office – University employees, including graduate students, can seek guidance regarding workplace concerns without fear of reprisal and at no cost to them.
- In addition to utilizing UHS’s services, graduate students who hold assistantship appointments may seek mental health services covered by their health insurance plan.
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- Emergency Financial Assistance
Emergency grants and loans are available to students enrolled in School of Pharmacy BS, MS*, PhD or PharmD programs who are experiencing financial hardship.
- Employee Assistance Office
Personal counseling, workplace consultation and well-being coaching and training (free to UW–Madison faculty, staff, graduate student employees, significant others, and family members)
- External Fellowship Database
The graduate school maintains a database of external fellowships you may be eligible to apply to.
- Faculty Directory
Pharmaceutical Sciences Division Faculty directory
- Family & Parent Resources
Childcare services and childcare financial assistance info
- Health & Wellness
Resources to assist graduate students in taking care of their health and wellness
- Office of the Dean of Students
Support for students who are navigating personal, academic, or health issues. Central site for reporting issues of hate and bias, sexual assault, and hazing.
- University Registrar: Deadlines at a Glance
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Transportation & Maps
Driving, riding the bus and cycling are common ways to get around the city. Madison is known for its excellent biking paths. All UW-Madison students receive a free bus pass to utilize the City of Madison Metro Bus System. The Dane County Regional Airport serves the Madison area.