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Wellness Education and Prevention

This area of Wellness Services focuses on the overall wellness of our students.  We help students realize they can make responsible and educated choices about their health and wellness by providing programming and presentations about all aspects of wellness.  Wellness Services' Prevention, Outreach, and Education staff plays a vital role in campus compliance initiatives involving alcohol and other drugs, Title IX, Clery Act, and suicide prevention.

Bearcat Peer Education

Bearcat Peer Education is a premier leadership opportunity within University Wellness Services that utilizes the expertise of students who are trained to provide educational programs and outreach on various wellness topics.  Their mission is to provide an effective peer network to encourage, support, and promote healthy living for all students.  We have five student organizations within Bearcat Peer Education:

  • Active Minds
    • A mental health advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness about mental health concerns and promoting student resiliency.
  • It's On Us
    • A student group whose aim is to build a Northwest community free from sexual and relationship violence by engaging all students, including young men, and activating the largest student organizing program of its kind in grassroots awareness and prevention education programs in three key areas: Peer-to-peer education, bystander training, and survivor support.  This group is completely free and open to anyone who is interested.  Typically meets once a month and has at least one event per month.
  • Student Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC)
    • The Student Wellness Advisory Council is a group of diverse students from all corners of campuswho are typically (but not always) nominated by peers, advisors, faculty and staff to represent the student community in Wellness Services' affairs.  This group works to advise and help direct changes and efforts Wellness Services provides to Northwest Missouri State University as well as bring new ideas and events that can better serve our students and campus community.  Typically meets once a month or as needed.