Wellness

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To make the most of your education at Bridgewater, you need to maintain good health as well as physical, emotional and personal wellness. We offer a range of vital services and support to help you achieve these goals. Whether you need health advice, assistance in a crisis, or care for a specific illness or condition, our helpful and experienced staff members are at your service.

* IMPORTANT UPDATE, RE: Meningitis * 

Dear Campus Community,

The Wellness Center at BSU is writing to inform you that 2 students at UMass Amherst were recently diagnosed with bacterial Meningitis Serogroup B and are currently being treated. Meningitis is a serious infection that progresses rapidly and can result in death if not treated promptly.

The Wellness Center advises the campus community to take health smart precautions. Don’t swap saliva. Avoid sharing food, drinks and personal items that contact saliva, including drinks from punch bowls. Wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth—germs spread easily this way.

If you have had recent contact with students from UMass Amherst and are experiencing sudden onset of fever, stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, mental confusion or changes in behavior such as confusion, sleepiness or unresponsiveness, you should be seen by a healthcare provider immediately.

The Meningitis B Vaccine is available at various retail pharmacies in the area and may also be available through your local health care provider. As with all vaccines, protection is not immediate and should be thought of as a wise precaution for several years to come.

Additional information on bacterial meningitis may be found at: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/m-o/meningococcal-college-students.pdf, or by calling the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at (617) 983-6800.

Sincerely,

The Wellness Center's Health Services Staff

Health Services

From mid-August through May, the Health Services professional staff provide short-term clinical health care to the members of our community.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services enhance our students’ physical and emotional wellbeing by offering preventive outreach programs and counseling services to help with adjustment issues and other psychological difficulties.

Outreach

Through BSU Peer Educators, a select group of trained students, we provide workshops and presentations to students, staff, faculty and other campus groups and organizations interested in topics ranging from substance abuse to social issues.

Recreational Sports

Get moving and join one of the many intramural and club sports at BSU! The Thornburg Fitness Center is a great place to get a workout in!

BSU CARE Team

The Bridgewater State University CARE Team is a multidisciplinary team of experts and points of contact that intervene daily on behalf of students. The team meets regularly as a mechanism to improve coordination and communication for the academic success, health and safety of the community.