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Caring for Yourself

We care about the health, wellness, and academic success of all our students.

A wellness wheel diagram


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Think of wellness as healthiness in many different dimensions of our lives. These include the emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual parts. These dimensions are interconnected, one dimension building on another.

Explore the links below to learn about the facets of wellness, and how HCC can support your wellness goals.


Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life's stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. How you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities, your relationships, and your overall mental health. How you react to your experiences and feelings can change over time.

hcc resources

WellConnect
Office of Student Affairs
Suicide Prevention
Affirmative Action & Title IX

community resources

Behavioral Health Network
Center for Women & Community (UMass)

national resources

National Institutes of Health
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Coping with Grief & Loss

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Info Sheet
Active Minds
Jed Foundation
Jordon Porco Foundation
safeTALK
ASIST
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255

A healthy body. Good physical health habits. Nutrition, exercise, and appropriate health care. These make up the physical dimension of wellness. A few ways we can get there might be choosing things that make our body feel good and trimming back the things that bring us down. We can also feel better by creating a routine that balances activity with inactivity, and that is manageable within our obligations and needs. Our body is intelligent, and learning to listen to it more deeply may be very important and empowering.

hcc resources

Bartley Center

community resources

Holyoke YMCA
Local health clinics
Tobacco
Womanshelter/Compañeras (Domestic abuse resources for the Pioneer Valley)
Hampden County District Attorney Office
YWCA

national resources

Nutrition

MyPlate
Food Pyramid

Activity

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Sleep

Healthy People
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Alcohol

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

Tobacco

American Lung Association

Other Drugs

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services

Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention

Love is Respect
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network
The No More Project
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

The spiritual wellness dimension is a broad concept that represents one's personal beliefs and values and involves having meaning, purpose, and a sense of balance and peace. It includes:  

  • Recognizing our search for meaning and purpose in human existence; and 
  • Developing an appreciation for life and the natural forces that exist in the universe.
hcc resources

Prayer & Contemplative Space

national resources

Resources for Body, Mind & Spirit

The intellectual wellness dimension involves many things that keep our brains active and our intellect expanding. In a broad sense, this dimension can involve looking at different perspectives of an issue and taking them into consideration. Through a number of activities you can broaden your perspective and understand diverse points of view.

hcc resources

Courses & Programs
Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services (OSDDS)
Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)
STRIVE
Library
Writing Center
Math Center
First-Year Experience
New Directions

community resources

Area Museums

The environmental wellness dimension involves being able to be safe and feel safe. This can include: 

  • Accessing clean air, food, and water
  • Preserving the areas where we live, learn, and work
  • Occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support our well-being; and  
  • Promoting learning, contemplation, and relaxation in natural places and spaces.
hcc resources

Green Campus

community resources

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDPE) Western Regional Office
Massachusetts State Parks

national resources

Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. National Park Service

The financial wellness dimension involves things such as income, debt, and savings, as well as a person's understanding of financial processes and resources. A person's satisfaction with their current financial situation and future prospects also comes into play.

hcc resources

Financial Aid Office
CashCourse for Financial Education (select "Holyoke Community College")
Veteran Services
Thrive Center

community resources

Federal Work Study (on campus & in surrounding area)

national resources

Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Loans
Smart About Money
Mint

The occupational wellness dimension involves participating in activities that provide meaning and purpose and reflect personal values, interests, and beliefs, including employment.

hcc resources

Workforce Development
Advising, Career & Transfer Center (ACT)

community resources

MassHire

national resources

O*NET

The social wellness dimension involves having healthy relationships with friends, family, and the community, and having an interest in and concern for the needs of others and humankind.

hcc resources

Student clubs
The Bunker

community resources

Western MA Family Centers

national resources

Office of Population Affairs

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