Be Well

Notre Dame offers a multitude of resources across multiple dimensions of wellness which might be as important as your academic endeavors. Below are some of the offices and organizations that help you be well.

Physical | Emotional | Safety & Security | Financial


The National Grad Crisis-Line (877-GRAD-HLP) has been a supplemental sources of support to on campus resources for grads. For 15 years there has been a trained professional counselor waiting for your call to talk about your grad struggles. As classes resume and pressures mount, be sure to remind friends that hope and help are available 24/7: 877-GRAD-HLP (877-472-3457) Looking for other tools for life skills to help graduate students to thrive:

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University Health Services

University Health Services

Located in Saint Liam Hall, University Health Services offers basic health services including annual wellness and physical examinations and radiology, pharmacy, physical therapy, and laboratory services. Call to schedule an appointment with a physician or walk-in for acute, non-emergency illnesses or injuries. | Website | Contact Info and Hours

Important information for students on the Aetna Student Insurance Plan: If you are on the student health insurance plan, University Health Services is your first stop for all your health care needs. The medical care you received at UHS is reimbursed 100%, meaning you will not be charged for services rendered at UHS (you will, however, be charged a co-pay for prescriptions filled at the UHS Pharmacy). If your medical needs cannot be met at UHS, you will receive a referral to an off-campus provider. You are responsible for paying for off-campus services out-of-pocket until you have met your deductible. After you have met your deductible you are responsible then a certain percentage of the total cost per the details of your insurance plan. If you have questions about the Notre Dame student health insurance plan, contact Connie Morrow


Notre Dame Wellness Center

Spouses and dependent children of Notre Dame graduate students can use the Notre Dame Wellness Center. Services include primary care, pediatric care, urgent care, physical therapy, and lab and pharmacy services. Most commercial insurances are accepted and the appropriate co-payment is due upon service. NB: Students are not eligible to receive care at the Wellness Center and should instead use University Health Services. | Website | Info for Spouses and Dependents 

If you want your spouse and/or dependent children to have access to the Notre Dame Wellness Center, please complete the Grad Student Family Verification Form and return it to the Graduate School.

Sister Maura Brannick, CSC, Health CenterSister Maura Brannick

"The Sister Maura Brannick, CSC, Health Center provides primary healthcare services to uninsured (persons not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private health insurance) residents of St. Joseph County. . . ." The Health Center offers preventative healthcare, treatment for acute injuries or illnesses, health screenings, laboratory services, and prescription assistance. | Website 

Saint Joseph Health Center

"The Saint Joseph Health Center in downtown Plymouth provides primary medical services, while stressing patient education and preventive healthcare for you and your family." Serving the uninsured (persons not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private health insurance) the Health Center offers preventative healthcare, treatment for acute injuries or illnesses, health screenings, laboratory services, and prescription assistance. | Website

Women's Care Center

"Women's Care Center free, confidential counciling, support and education to women facing unplanned pregancies." | Learn More

Saint Joseph County Health Department

Saint Joseph County Health Department

"Our Mission: To promote physical and mental health and facilitate the prevention of disease, injury and disability for all St. Joseph County residents. . . ." | Website
MOST HOSPITALS provide assistance in emergency situations for those unable to cover the cost of medical services. Area hospitals include Memorial Hospital of South Bend and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka. 

The Shirt Charity Fund

The Shirt Charity Fund

"Applications will be considered for undergraduate or graduate Notre Dame students with extraordinary medical conditions who have demonstrated financial need which requires payment beyond their means. Applications can be submitted for medical reimbursement relating to the aforementioned extraordinary medical condition (medical supplies, hospital bills, surgery bills, prescriptions, etc). . . . | Website

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University Counseling Center

"The UCC staff provides high quality counseling services in the context of a brief treatment model to degree-seeking, currently enrolled Notre Dame students during the semester(s) in which the student is attending classes. We also offer outreach and consultation services to members of the Notre Dame Community and off-campus referral assistance for students whose treatment needs exceed our scope of services." Website


McDonald Center for Student Well-Being

"The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being provides prevention, intervention, and education programs and coordinates assessment activities that support the health of Notre Dame students, both at the Center and across campus.Our mission is to cultivate a healthy campus environment where students thrive through the integration of mind, body, and spirit consistent with the Holy Cross charism of the University of Notre Dame.Our vision is to empower students for success in achieving balance anchored in the pursuit of lifelong well-being." Website


Marital Therapy and Research Clinic

The Marital Therapy and Research Clinic (MTRC) provides psychological services for individuals and married and unmarried couples. Services are provided free of charge to Notre Dame students and for a nominal fee to non-student spouses. If you have been feeling depressed, anxious or are experiencing problems in your relationship, therapists at the clinic will work with you to relieve you from distress and help you develop self-confidence to live a more empowered life. They use proven techniques to improve well-being, and provide the best care in a confidential and supportive setting. | Website

Inner Resources Room
305 Saint Liam Hall, M-F,  8:00 am–5:00 pm

"The Inner Resources Room is a tranquil environment where not only Notre Dame students but also faculty and staff can participate in a variety of self-guided relaxation and performance-enhancing activities. To reserve the room at 305 Saint Liam Hall, stop by to sign up for a half-hour or hour session. On the day of your appointment, bring your Notre Dame ID to give to the University Counseling Center receptionist."  | Website

Let's Talk

Let's Talk

Let's Talk is a FREE, confidential consultation offered by the UCC to all current graduate and undergraduate students at Notre Dame.  Common concerns that are discussed include stress, sadness, academic concerns, family and relationship concerns, and financial struggles, but no topic is off-limits.  Just walk-in during the times listed  – no appointments necessary!

Mondays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: LaFortune Student Center 220
Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Fitzpatrick Hall 258
Thursdays, 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.: Coleman-Morse Center 229 | Website


Office of Alcoholic and Drug Education

"The Office of Alcohol and Drug Education (OADE)/Wellness coordinates the alcohol and drug abuse prevention and student wellness efforts on campus for both undergraduate and graduate students. The office provides educational services for Notre Dame students who are seeking assistance with alcohol and/or drug issues related to themselves, or family members, or are seeking information on health and wellness." Website

Alcoholics Anonymous

There are AA meetings in South Bend and Mishawaka. Find out more about them here.

Graduate School Ombudsperson

Send an email to the Graduate School Ombudsperson. 


As you know, many grad students experience enormous pressure - professional, personal, and financial.  If you or anyone you know is feeling anxious or just need to talk, help is available. 1-877-GRAD-HLP is a national crisis line staffed by trained counselors who understand your unique pressures and know how to help.  For more information about the crisis line, check out  


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Safety and Security




Notre Dame Security Police

"The University of Notre Dame Security Police Department, located in Hammes Mowbray Hall just east of the Power Plant, is fully authorized as a police agency by the State of Indiana. The department employs both sworn police officers and non-sworn campus safety officers who patrol campus and respond to emergencies." Visit the NDSP website for information on crime prevention and safety, crime statistics and alerts, procedures and preparedness plans for emergencies and severe weather, and information about parking on campus. The Notre Dame Security Police website has many practical safety tips.

One important service offered by NDSP is SafeWalk, in which an officer or trained student will escort you to or from any point on campus.  This free and confidential service is available 8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. during the academic year and can be accessed by calling 574-631-5555. | Website


Notre Dame Fire Department

"Serving three colleges and 15,000 citizens – and a population that swells to over 100,000 during a football game – the members of the University of Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) devote a significant portion of their lives by working 24 hours shifts to safeguard the Notre Dame Community." Located on the corner of Holy Cross Drive and St. Joseph Drive, the NDFD is responsible for emergency responses, fire safety inspection and education, and fire protection service maintenance. | Website

Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP)

Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention

"Appointed annually by the Vice President for Student Affairs, Notre Dame’s Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) offers advice and guidance to the Office of Student Affairs on how to assist and support victims of sexual assault. It facilitates collaboration and communication among the different departments and student groups working to address sexual violence and spearheads a variety of rape education/prevention initiatives." | Website

Risk Management and Safety

"The Risk Management & Safety Department is dedicated to providing quality service and professional advice in the areas of safety, occupational health, environmental protection and risk management.
Our main duties include safety and health inspections throughout campus, University insurance, hazardous waste services, workers compensation, health and safety training, personal protective equipment, emergency response for hazardous incidents, and consulting services." | Website

Parking Shuttle Schedule

Beginning August 11, 2014, Notre Dame is providing a shuttle bus to safely transport students, faculty and staff from remote parking lots to centrally located spots on campus according to the following parking shuttle schedule.

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Financial well-being impacts all other aspects of your well-being, physical, emotional, and mental.  Check out these resources to increase your financial literacy: 

University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security is a research center that provides lists of resources for financial tools and financial coaching, as well as webinars.  Since the organization is a policy institute, it also has plenty of interesting academic research on issues of financial literacy and management. | Website


FDIC Money Smart 


Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low- and moderate-income individuals enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships.  Research shows that the curriculum can influence positively how customers manage their finances, and these changes are sustainable in the months after training.  This computer-based instruction requires registration. | Website


Carnegie Mellon Financial Literacy


"Personal financial literacy is more than just being able to balance a checkbook, compare prices or get a job.  It also includes skills like long-term vision and planning for the future, and the discipline to use those skills every day."  Along with general financial literacy resources, Carnegie Mellon's Office of Financial Aid provides helpful information about types of loans and loan management. | Website


Indiana University Money Smarts


This easy-to-navigate website provides quizzes and weekly podcasts to help you learn to manage your finances, from student loans, to your first car purchase, to life after graduation.  | Website