Student Wellness Services

"Let’s Talk" Drop-In Counseling on Thursdays from 11am-1pm
If you want to talk to someone about your feelings of stress, and get some advice on how to handle it, please drop in to "Let’s Talk” on Thursdays anytime between 11am-1pm in Room 015 in CABM which you can access from the tunnel between the Research Tower and School of Public Health.  "Let’s Talk" is a FREE CAPS counseling service offering drop-in hours at a number of locations on campus.

No appointment is necessary. Conversations with our experienced CAPS counselor, Dana Weinstock, are private and confidential. To meet with the counselor please arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays.  If you would like to speak to a CAPS counselor outside of these drop-in hours, contact CAPS at 848-932-7884, press #2 for an appointment at the Research Tower and tell them you are a biomedical graduate student or press #1 for an appointment at CAPS sites.

If this date and time frame don’t work for you, you may go to any of the other ”Let’s Talk” sessions which you can see here. Here are FAQs about “Let’s Talk”

We also offer workshops every Friday from 12-1pm to help with Life Skills and Stress Reduction:


Meditation and Self-Care Workshop - Friday 2/28, Friday 4/10, and Friday 5/29, 1:00-2:00pm, CABM Building, Room 208

Come join Dana, along with your fellow peers while we start the conversation about making time for self-care. We will explore and practice meditation techniques and breathing exercises. We will also learn and discuss how we can use these techniques in various settings throughout the week, and we will discuss and list positive ways to improve our overall well-being.
*No need to sign up*

Time Management and Life-Balance Workshop - Friday 3/6 and Friday 4/17, 1:00-2:00pm, CABM Building, Room 208

Let’s share what it is like to manage a busy schedule. How do we juggle academic assignments, lab and coursework, maintaining a social life, trying to get enough sleep, eating well and exercising, etc.

How do we balance taking out time for ourselves and being a supportive friend or family member? Let’s talk about strategies for managing and prioritizing our busy schedules. 
*No need to sign up*


Healthy Communication and Assertiveness “Talking the Talk” Workshop – Friday 3/13 and Friday 4/24, 1:00-2:00pm, CABM Building, Room 208

Let’s get together and talk about how we communicate. How can we get our needs met while also respecting others both in and out of the lab environment? How can we maintain healthy boundaries? How do we tend to resolve conflicts? This workshop will provide a space for us to reflect on real-life scenarios, and talk about how we might go about addressing issues that come up in our day-to-day interactions.

*No need to sign up*

Stress and Anxiety Reduction “Say Yes to No Stress” Workshop – Friday 3/20 and Friday 5/8, 1:00-2:00pm, CABM Building, Room 208

Join Dana, along with your peers to talk about techniques for reducing stress and anxiety. We will explore topics including triggers for anxiety/stress, breathing and other relaxation exercises, time management, goal planning, and the importance of self-care.

*No need to sign up*


“Stress-Free Zone” Drop-In Workshop – Friday 3/27 and Friday 5/15, 1:00-2:00pm, CABM Building, Room 208

Come join Dana and your peers for a drop-in stress-free zone, to include: coloring books, puzzles, Sudoku, stress balls, motivational quotes, fidget toys, music, and more!

Feel free to join for just a few minutes or as long as you want!

*No need to sign up*


Building Resilience, Failing Forward, and Learning to Manage Expectations Workshop – Friday 4/3 and Friday 5/22, 1:00-2:00pm, CABM Building, Room 208

Join Dana, along with your peers to talk about how to overcome fear of failure in research and our personal lives, how to get back up after falling down, and how to set realistic goals. How can we congratulate ourselves along the way? How can we break down long-term goals into smaller pieces? Let’s talk about our journey together in a safe and brave space.

*No need to sign up*


Counseling, Alcohol/Drug Assistance and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

CAPS is dedicated to serving the students and faculty at Rutgers - New Brunswick by providing comprehensive mental health services to the campus community. CAPS strives to provide services that are designed to help students reach and maintain a positive, productive university experience, ranging from various counseling services, educational and preventive initiatives, training programs, outreach and consultation activities, and to provide guidance on how to contribute to a caring healthy community. As specialists in working with undergraduate and graduate students, we can help students address whatever it is that may be of concern to them. We will do our best to ensure that students get their needs met, through a CAPS group, individual counseling, or a referral to another community resource.

17 Senior St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

For more information on CAPS services for graduate students, click here
For a CAPS brochure, click here

Student and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The University of Behavioral Health Care offers personal counseling designed to help students recognize and resolve issues that may temporarily derail them from responsibilities, provide relief when personal and academic responsibilities collide, and implement solutions for mental health and wellness.  The Student Wellness Program is located at:

Employee Assistance Program
University Behavioral Healthcare
The Walton Building
242 Old New Brunswick Road, 3rd Floor, Suite # 330
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Telephone # 732-235-5930

Monday and Friday 9am-5pm
Tuesday-Thursday 9am-8pm
Daytime: 732-235-5930
Evenings and weekends: 1-800-327-3678

For more information regarding student and Employee Assistance Programs, Click Here

Click below to view recent Student Wellness Program e-file topics:

Student Assistance Facilitator (SAF)

The purpose of the Student Assistance Facilitator (SAF) is to help students who may be suffering from substance abuse and/or mental health problems to obtain appropriate and effective treatment as early as possible. Self-referrals as well as referrals from all members of the RWJMS community are encouraged. In addition, the SAF recognizes the importance of confidential and early intervention in helping with full recovery. The SAF is available to answer questions, to provide information, or to suggest referral.

For more information regarding the Student Assistance Facilitator (SAF), Click Here.

Assistance in the Event of a Sexual Assault

Nationwide, acts of sexual violence are under-reported; victims of sexual assault are more like to suffer academically, and from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, and to contemplate suicide. It is important that the Rutgers Biomedical Heatlh Sciences community have information and resources readily available to address these issues.  The University Office of Academic Affairs, in consultation with UBHC, the Office of Public Safety and U.H. Emergency Department has developed a document titled, “If You’re the Victim of Sexual Assault,” is available here.




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