Counseling, Health & Wellness at Aquinas College

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Wellness

What is Wellness?

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a more successful and fulfilling existence.  Each dimension is significant and interconnected to the other dimensions.

“Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.” ~ The National Wellness Institute

Why is Wellness Important?

Wellness matters at Aquinas College because we cannot achieve our fullest existence as individuals or as a community if we are not well.  Prioritizing wellness allows us to actively practice the four Dominican pillars that support our community: prayer, study, community, and service.  Additionally placing a focus on wellness builds a sustainable, inclusive, and multicultural community that can grow together.

“Mindfully focusing on wellness in our lives builds resilience and enables us to thrive amidst life’s challenges.” ~ The National Wellness InstituteWellness Dimensions

Wellness Dimensions

Aquinas College recognizes the following 9 dimensions:

Basic Needs

In adition to the wellness dimensions, Counseling, Health & Wellness services recognizes the importance ensuring that students' basic needs are met.  The basic needs we work to address are:

  • Food
    • At our front desk, we have a variety of "grab-n-go" snacks.  Stop in and grab something, no questions asked.
    • We also have a food pantry in our office for students in need of meals.  This is a free and anonymous service.
  • Clothing
  • Shelter
  • Safety

Additional Resources

For additional local wellness resources and programs, please visit the Dominican Center at Marywood

For additional wellness information and resources, please visit the following websites:


Can You Help Our Students?

Are you a 501c3 non-profit mental health resource organization who could benefit our students? If you would like to be included on our wellness webpage, contact CHWS@aquinas.edu to inquire further. In order to save you and our staff time and effort, please understand the criteria to be considered:

  • be a non-profit organization
  • provide evidence-based resources
  • provide access to the people and credentials behind your resources through your website
  • acknowledge spiritual aspects of wellness