Your Mental Health Checklist for a Great School Year

In order to thrive, we all need support, guidance and resources to help us understand the world and our lives within it, especially when times get tough. And mental health has many dimensions. That’s why Alma College supports students in a variety of ways along the journey to a healthy, whole college experience. Whether it’s counseling, movement, meditation, connection or a nourishing meal shared with friends – we’re here for you.

Wilcox Health Center

Formerly known as the Wilcox Medical Center (and casually known on-campus as “Wilcox”), this facility recently changed its name to reflect its mission of providing complete health and wellness services. It provides quick appointments that are easy to schedule and available in-person, virtually or over the phone. Visit them in-person, call (989) 463-7181 or visit for more info.

Nourish yourself

Alma College Dining Services offers a wide variety of fresh, healthy food options, right at Hamilton Commons. Whether you’re in the mood for a protein-rich breakfast to start your day, a post-workout smoothie, a salad when you get out of class or a fresh-from-the-grill burger to end your night, they’ve got you covered. Alma College Dining Services provides vegan and vegetarian offerings at each dining station in Hamilton, along with good identification of possible allergens and gluten-free options.

Take care of your body

Physical wellness looks different for every person, and awareness of your body’s unique needs is the first step. Thankfully, Alma College offers something different for everyone in this area.

When you’re done working out your mind in class, head on over to Stone Recreation Center (known on-campus as “Stone Rec”) to work out your body. Whether you want to join a group fitness class, set your own pace on the indoor track, get your heart pumping on a cardio machine, pump iron, play a game of basketball (or volleyball or tennis or floor hockey), or play an intramural sport, Stone Rec has got something for you.

Make time to connect with people

Developing personal connections can make you stronger and more resilient, even in times of stress. Friends can help us understand the things we value in life, allowing us to make decisions based on those values. At Alma, you’ll have lots of opportunities to connect with the people you know and others outside your social circle.

There are more than 80 student clubs and organizations — based on interests, identity, religious traditions, civic initiatives and everything in-between — to help you connect with like-minded people.

Every week, there are also all kinds of events designed to bring people together. You can find out what’s happening through Alma Connect, the Student Affairs Instagram account, and the TVs and flyers on the walls around campus. (We’re really excited about Water Palooza on Sept. 3 and the Animal Print Party on Oct. 1!)

Mindfulness and spirituality

For many people, spirituality, religious identity, and spiritual exploration are an important part of mental health. While Alma College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we offer opportunities for students from a variety of religious expressions to practice their faith in a safe, encouraging, and uplifting environment.

Among the weekly activities offered are multi-denominational, interactive, creative Christian worship services, as well as a gathering of interfaith leaders. See more at

For those seeking activities related to mindfulness, the college offers a variety of yoga classes for everyone from beginners to advanced yogis. Find out more at the Stone Rec website.