Counseling and Mental Health

Counseling and mental health resources for students

The UW offers students a wide range of health and wellness services, from exceptional medical care and counseling services to recreation classes, safety resources, peer advocates, trainings and more. Make the most out of your Husky Experience here.

Peer Wellness Coaching (PWC) is a service offered by UW LiveWell’s Peer Health Educators for undergraduate and graduate students. Our Peer Wellness Coaches are highly trained and receive supervision from professional LiveWell staff. PWC is a great option for students who are looking to strengthen and enhance their personal well-being, solve problems effectively, and work toward intentional change in their lives and self.

Appointments are free, have no limit, and can be scheduled for zoom or in-person at

Spiritual Care

Need spiritual care to manage stress with a faith-based approach? UW Medicine’s chaplains are trained to serve the spiritual needs of our diverse community. The Department of Spiritual Care at Harborview Medical Center and UW Medical Center offers culturally sensitive emotional and spiritual support to staff, regardless of religious, faith, or spiritual tradition.

The UW Resilience Lab

The UWRL endeavors to bring the UW community into connection with one another through programming that normalizes the wide-ranging experiences of hardship, failures, and setbacks our community members face through the cultivation of kindness, compassion, and gratitude toward each other and ourselves.

UW CareLink

Mental health is an important part of your overall health and UW employees have access to different services through UW CareLink and your PEBB health insurance plan.

With UW CareLink you get free, easy access to short-term counseling.  Highly trained clinicians will listen to your concerns and help you or your family members with any issues you are facing.  To get started call toll-free: 866-598-3978 (TDD 800-697-0353), available 24/7.

UW LiveWell

LiveWell empowers individuals with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about their health and well-being while at UW and beyond. LiveWell uses both the expertise of professional staff and passion of Peer Health Educators to provide evidenced-based health promotion, advocacy education, and prevention services.

Some of the resources available on the LiveWell site include alcohol and drug resources, sex and relationships resources, sustainable living and more.

Washington State Health Care Authority

Your UW medical plan offers mental health services as well as substance abuse coverage. If you aren’t sure exactly what your plan covers, review the certificate of coverage (also called the benefits booklet) for your medical plan. Find your certificate of coverage using the Washington state Health Care Authority website.

Additional tools to manage stress

We all carry and experience stress is different ways. Click here to find resources to help you destress and learn exercises to manage your stress symptoms.