Safe & Healthy Campus - Wellness

Wellness in student life

IU Bloomington will support a safe, vibrant, and healthy community characterized by a culture of care among and for our students, by making wellness and health central to student life.

This aligns with IU Bloomington Bicentennial Objective Three.

Wellness & health

Goal: Make wellness and health central to student life.

Update: The IU Health Center's Counseling & Psychological Services has increased services and staffing, including adding counselors who speak Spanish, Arabic, and Hindu/Urdu. 

In one space, the IU Health Center, students have access to medical, mental health, and wellness services. 

  • Primary care and counseling providers working together to identify students in distress to ensure that those students are connected with the appropriate provider and level of care.
  • Patients with problem health behaviors are more quickly identified and connected to wellness resources.
  • Multidisciplinary teams work together to ensure appropriate prescribing practices, continuous quality improvement, as well as problem-focused teams addressing problem eating/exercise and body image.
  • A multidisciplinary team of medical and mental health providers is starting a new clinic in 2019 to initiate and maintain hormone therapy for our students identifying as transgender.
  • Exploring creation of an on-campus testing clinic for sexually transmitted infections in 2019. Currently, these clinics are happening in residence halls, high-traffic student centers, or both, on a rotating basis.

Internal patient-facing processes at the IU Health Center have improved.

  • Same-day appointments are now offered and can be booked online.
  • Approximately 60% of students using the IU Health Center are transferring charges to their IU Bursar accounts rather than waiting in line to check out.
  • The IU Health Center building has improved way-finding technology and signage.
  • Students can now more easily provide feedback on visits.
  • A new website is in the works for spring of 2019.
  • The second- and third-floor medical clinic areas will be remodeled to improve patient access and flow, patient privacy, data collection, and use of resources. An information desk will be added to the second floor to ensure that students are able to locate resources and to find their appointments.
  • The CAPS reception and intake area will be redesigned and remodeled to improve patient privacy and flow in 2020.
IU Bloomington’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has launched a new service called CAPS Now, offering students a 30-minute psychological assessment within 48 hours of contact.

Improving access to counseling

The Health Center’s Counseling and Psychological Service has greatly enhanced access to services on campus while greatly enhancing the diversity of its staff. 

  • The IU Health Center's Counseling and Psychological Services program is working closely with IU Health Bloomington Hospital to develop care-coordination procedures for students arriving at its emergency department with mental health concerns.
    • These new processes will help ensure that students are connected with a CAPS counselor following an emergency department visit or following discharge to the IU Health inpatient behavioral health unit.
  • The Let’s Talk Multicultural Outreach Program has expanded and is now available in all five campus culture centers, the Office of International Services, Eigenmann Hall, and academic support units.
  • CAPS has hired more staff of color and counselors from Taiwan, Argentina, and Pakistan, as well as individuals speaking languages that include Mandarin, Spanish, and Hindi/Urdu.
  • A new part-time, female psychiatrist and another part-time Sexual Assault Crisis Service counselor were hired in 2018.
  • Counseling in Residence was expanded to include the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Jacobs School of Music. The program will expand in 2019 to include the School of Optometry.
  • Starting in 2019, the following support groups will be provided at no charge:
    • Healthy Relationships Support Group
    • Self-Care & Support for Survivors
    • Empowering Students of Color Support Group
    • Chronic Illness Support Group
    • Trans Support Group
    • Dissertation Support Group