Health & Well-being

Taking care of your mental and physical well-being is of the upmost importance. UNH and the Graduate School provide a variety of resources to promote a healthy and supportive working environment. We work to ensure that there are clear avenues for seeking help and guidance as you navigate a process that, while highly rewarding, can be significantly challenging and stressful. We are here for you!


  • Mental Health Book by Zoe J. Ayres
    Mental Health in Graduate School

    This book explores the PhD experience as never before and provides a "survival guide" for current and prospective PhD students. The book investigates why mental health issues are so common among the postgraduate population, going beyond the statistics, looking at lived experience. Access the e-book through the UNH Library

  • Well-being wheel
    The Well-Being Wheel and Series

    "The new Well-Being Wheel expands wellness to encompass the roles that the places we live, work, and love play in our well-being. I am honored to join the Graduate School in co-designing a well-being series that helps students understand how to access UNH resources that are designed to help them find their version of well-being." - Dawn Zitney, Wellbeing Educator

UNH Graduate School Events and Resources

Well-being Series: How to Thrive at Graduate School

The annual Well-Being series covers a range of topics about how you can take advantage of the university’s health and well-being resources, get a better understanding of your own well-being needs, and manage the stresses of winter in New Hampshire. Check out the four events in the series below!

Key theme for this event: Understanding your UNH health & well-being resources.

Physical and mental well-being are just as important as any academic or career success. In this hour-long workshop, we answer frequently-asked questions about navigating health resources here at UNH: where your student fees go, what resources you can access at no additional cost, and, for those enrolled in the school’s health insurance plan, how to use your insurance, how to find providers that accept our plan, and what to expect for costs. The best time to understand these resources is before you need to use them. Facilitated by: Dawn Zitney, Well-Being Educator/Counselor, Health & Wellness and Caroline Kanaskie, Graduate Assistant and NRESS PhD Candidate.

Event Details: September 27th, 2022, 1:30-2:30pm in the Hamel Rec Center Demo Kitchen room 239.

Key themes for this event: Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, and Spiritual Wellness.

The wellness industry is full of tips to be well and live your best life, but what exactly does it mean to be well? What does it mean to be well as a graduate student or postdoc? Using UNH’s new Well-Being Wheel, Dawn will guide you through an engaging activity that will help you understand your current wellness. You’ll gain insight as to where you are thriving and struggling, what is giving and draining your energy, and how the communities in which you work, live, and play impact your overall well-being. You will leave with a clearer vision of your own wellness, how to find support at UNH, and pathways to keep growing and moving forward. Facilitated by Dawn Zitney, Well-Being Educator/Counselor, Health & Wellness. 

Event Details: October 27th, 2022, 9:30-10:30am in the Hamel Rec Center Demo Kitchen Room 239. Register here.

Key themes for this event: Diet and Nutrition

As the days grow shorter, we enter into the holiday season with many reasons to gather and share meals and time together. No matter which holidays you celebrate, this time can be joyous and energizing, and it can also be difficult and stressful. One of these sources of both joy and stress can be food: how can we navigate nutrition and eating during this season? Our workshop will help you find balance, give yourself grace, and fully enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. Join us for strategies and resources to help you nourish your body and soul during the holidays, deal with diet talk at the table, and enjoy food freely. Facilitated by: Laila Hammam, Registered Dietitian at Health & Wellness.

Event Details: November 17th, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm in the Hamel Rec Center Demo Kitchen room 239. Register here.

Key themes for this event: Mental Health, Seasonal Health

Winters in New England can be difficult physically, mentally, and emotionally. When it gets cold and dark outside, you might experience mood and energy shifts that can make it hard to go about your usual routines. In this session, we’ll bring in some light and levity to the season by learning about new insights, tools, and connections that can shift your mindset and lift your mood and energy level. You’ll leave knowing about ways to nurture yourself through the winter, and the supports available to you at UNH. After the session, you are invited to dinner at Holloway Commons dining hall! Facilitated by Dawn Zitney, Well-Being Educator/Counselor, Health & Wellness.

Event Details: December 6th, 2022, 4:00-5:00pm in the Hamel Rec Center Demo Kitchen room 239. Register here.

Broader UNH Events and Resources

Open to UNH students, faculty, and staff, UNH Health and Wellness is your source for medical services, wellness education & promotion, and public health expertise on campus. The Grad School and Health and Wellness collaborate to host events each semester specifically for graduate students. Look for upcoming events on the Master Calendar feed above, or click "view all events" to see what's happening throughout the semester!

Students at UNH Manchester should visit the Student Wellness webpage to find information on counseling and other services available to them.

The Granite YMCA offers a Wildcat Wellness option for Manchester students in graduate degree programs at a significant discount! Membership at The Granite YMCA is more than just extracurricular activities. Discover the unique community in your combined campus and all that the Y and UNH has to offer. We deliver comprehensive healthy living, learning, and fun experiences for members of all ages. Fill out the Wildcat Wellness application and let us know if you have any questions!

PACS is a team of psychologists, social workers and psychology trainees who are highly skilled at addressing the unique needs of college students, and are committed to enhancing students' ability to benefit from the university experience. If grad school is impacting your mental health, you are not alone. Grad students can go to PACS for urgent same-day counseling, individual counseling and group counseling—grad only groups are available. Learn more about the services offered by PACS.

Included in PACS' work is the Graduate Student Support Group, a weekly gathering to discuss common concerns including creating a work/life balance and providing a space to discuss strategies towards thriving in graduate school. For further information, including meeting times and locations, please click here.

SHARPP provides services to victims/survivors of sexual violence, relationship abuse and stalking regardless of gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation.

Campus Recreation provides outstanding educational experiences through a variety of recreation opportunities that enhance healthy lifestyles in our UNH community. Facilities include the Hamel Rec Center, Whittemore Center Arena, Swasey Indoor Pool, Outdoor Pool, Outdoor Fields, and Mendums Pond. Programs include Group Exercise, Intramurals, Outdoor Adventures, and more. Access to these facilities are covered by mandatory fees. Students need only show UNH ID to enter.

One of the 8 dimensions of the well-being wheel is social wellness. Your social wellness is supported by building positive relationships and engaging with your community. Keep an eye on the Master Calendar for upcoming social events hosted by the Grad School, and check out the Thrive Guide for other ways to get involved in our UNH community and in the greater Seacoast area.