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Student Health and Wellness

Student wellnessGraduate study can get intense at times, so it's important to take care of your body and mind. There are many resources at Duke to help graduate students with their physical, mental, and social wellbeing. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources. If you have wellbeing-related concerns, questions, or suggestions, please contact grad-gsa@duke.edu.

Mental and Physical Health Resources

  • DukeReach is a good starting point if students are unsure where to turn for health, well-being, and safety resources on campus.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps students manage increasing stress or deal with situations best addressed in collaboration with a trained mental-health professional. CAPS staff members are also available to provide counsel on how to be supportive of a peer that you may be concerned about.
  • The Duke Student Wellness Center helps students focus on their individual wellness by looking at the integration of many areas of life, including financial, social, spiritual, intellectual well-being, mind-body, and the environment around them. The center provides individual services, does group outreach, and acts as consultants as well as a hub of information on wellness. (Check out the center's Moments of Mindfulness activities.)
  • Student Health Services provides a wide range of health-care services, many of which are covered by the student health fee. Student Health can serve as the primary-care physician for students and also refer students to specialists within the Duke network as needed. Duke also has an on-campus dental office that serves students, faculty, and staff.
  • Duke offers outstanding recreational facilities, classes, and programs, and we encourage our students to take advantage of these. The Graduate School pays for Ph.D. students' access to Duke recreational facilities during their first five years of study.
  • Tips for managing stress: Some stress is normal in graduate school, but unaddressed stress can lead to more serious issues. Check out this list of tips to help you keep stress from turning into distress.

Social Events

orientation receptionThe Graduate School hosts a number of social events each year to give our students opportunities to relax, have fun, and connect with the rest of the Duke Graduate School community outside of their classes or research. Details are posted on the Graduate School calendar as each event approaches, but here are some of the recurring events each year:

The Graduate School also organizes other events in conjunction with various student groups such as GradParents. Please contact grad-gsa@duke.edu to learn more.

Other Wellness-Related Resources

  • Ombudsperson: Ombudspeople in the Office for Institutional Equity offer neutral and confidential guidance on a variety of issues for all students and faculty at Duke.
  • Financial support: In addition to providing competitive financial support, The Graduate School also offers resources to help Ph.D. students with childcare costs and medical expenses that could cause a hardship.
  • Mentoring: Good mentoring is crucial to success in graduate school and can make a significant difference in student wellbeing. To that end, The Graduate School develops resources and workshops to cultivate a robust culture of mentoring for graduate students at Duke.
  • Workshops: Throughout the year, The Graduate School organizes or funds workshops that deal with various aspects of student wellbeing, such as time management, imposter syndrome, or diversity and inclusion. These events are posted on the Graduate School calendar as they are developed.
  • I Knew I Belonged at Duke When ...: Insights from Duke graduate students about how they found their community at the university.