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Get your semester off to a healthy start

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Welcome back, students!

We hope you enjoyed your winter break. University Health Services (UHS) is here to support your health and well-being. Here are a few reminders to help get your semester off to a healthy start.

 Cold and flu season
We encourage every student to take preventive measures to stay healthy. It’s not too late to get a flu shot. To schedule an appointment, call UHS or log in to MyUHS.

 Be aware of adenoviruses. Adenoviruses are a group of common viruses that cause cold and flu-like symptoms including sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, fever, and/or pink eye. Adenoviruses usually spread through close personal contact such as sharing cups, eating utensils, lip balm, or vaping devices, or touching or shaking hands.

People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get very sick from an adenovirus infection. If you are immunocompromised and develop a fever greater than 100 degrees F, seek care within 48 hours.

Protect yourself and others from an adenovirus infection:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Don’t share cups, utensils, chapstick, or vaping devices
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into your elbow

 Massage moves and acupuncture update
Starting January 21, massage therapy services will move to Rec Well. All massage appointments are 60 minutes and take place at the Natatorium. Massage therapy will have a permanent home in the Nicholas Recreation Center when it opens later in 2020. Also new this semester, UHS will no longer offer acupuncture services. This service may be available to students in the future through RecWell. We’ll keep you posted.

New Suicide Prevention Training Program for students
Students who struggle with mental health are most likely to talk with a friend before talking to anyone else, including a mental health professional. A new, interactive 90-minute, online suicide prevention training program, available in Canvas, prepares students to support their peers’ mental health and intervene to prevent suicide.

Updated UHS website
We’ve retooled our website to make it easier for you to find the services and support that you need. Take a look and let us know your thoughts!

Required programs for incoming students
UW-Madison requires incoming first-year and transfer students to complete three programs: AlcoholEdu, U Got This! and GetWIse during your first semester on campus. Check your wisc.edu email for links to complete the programs before the deadlines.

Be a caring community member
Your role as a UW-Madison community member is important. If a fellow student needs help, we encourage you to assist them and stay until help arrives. Under UW-Madison’s Responsible Action Guidelines, there will be no disciplinary action against students who were drinking underage and helping another student by calling 9-1-1, getting a House Fellow, or flagging down a UW-Madison or Madison Police Officer.

 Mental Health Services evening hours continue in spring semester
Mental Health Services will continue to be open until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the semester (January 21-May 5). The first step to all Mental Health Services is to schedule an Access Appointment by calling 608.265.5600 (option 2) or logging on to MyUHS for 24/7 web appointment booking. An Access Appointment is typically done over the phone but you can request an in-person appointment. During the Access Appointment, you will have a discussion with an Access Specialist who will listen to concerns, ask questions about your symptoms, experiences, and resources, and connect you to the services you need. This appointment is typically 15 to 20 minutes. You can request mental health providers with specific identities, backgrounds, or training during the Access Appointment.

Online mental health resources available 24/7
SilverCloud provides UW-Madison students with no-cost, online, confidential treatment options 24 hours a day. In SilverCloud, you can engage with content paths that address depression, anxiety, stress, body image, resilience, and insomnia and sleep issues. More than 2,000 UW-Madison students are already using SilverCloud. Create an account today!

YOU@WISC is a student connection portal with tools, content and resources specific to UW-Madison student life. Log in to see how UW-Madison can help you succeed, thrive, and matter.

Best wishes for a successful semester, we’re here if you need us.

 Jake Baggott, MLS, FACHA, 1SG (Ret.)
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Executive Director of University Health Services
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