Residence Life Staff
As part of UMass Amherst’s Residence Life team, you’re in a unique position to provide preventive education, health information and referral for students. You’re often someone’s first contact for health information at school; knowing about UHS and our services can make it easier for you to help others.
Health issues to anticipate
No two people are exactly the same, but many of us share the same health concerns. This web site is a great place to learn more about UHS’ medical, mental health and health promotion services. For information on specific health topics, check out the Health and Wellness section.
Remember, this is general information only and isn’t a substitute for medical advice. Don't try to diagnose or treat anyone; refer them to a health care professional for help.
UHS helps Residence Life leaders present fun-filled activities, schedule speakers, plan programs and create fabulous bulletin boards or displays on health topics. Call the Center for Health Promotion, (413) 577-5181.
About alcohol and other drugs
Unfortunately, you can expect to encounter alcohol and other drug use and abuse. If you’re concerned someone may have a problem with alcohol or other drugs, get advice from your supervisor. They’re experienced with these issues and can connect the person with the resources to help.
Get involved right away if there’s a medical emergency involving alcohol or other drugs.
In a life-threatening emergency, call 911; the police and an ambulance will respond immediately.
All first-year students are required to take MyStudentBody, an online alcohol education course. This program’s a great resource for everyone; check it out so you can guide others.
The BASICS program, located in the Center for Health Promotion, is a nonjudgmental place for students to examine their substance use. Students can come to BASICS on their own or be referred by their healthcare provider; they may also be mandated to attend after violating the Code of Student Conduct.
The Center for Health Promotion also has lots of materials about substance use, abuse and risks; they’re yours for the asking, so come take a look!