The Mount Wachusett Community College Wellness Committee promotes physical and emotional well-being among members of the campus community through relevant activities, information sharing, and resources.
Our vision is to foster the adoption of a wellness culture across the college, and to offer such benefits as improved health, greater feelings of well being, heightened personal performance, reduced sick leave and reduced medical expenditures. Online Health Assessment Tools and other Wellness Related Resources
Wellness at Mount Wachusett Community College
This program, still in development stage, is based on the Massachusetts Plan for Worksite Wellness. The vision of the Massachusetts Worksite Wellness Initiative is that all worksites in Massachusetts will provide social, cultural and physical environments that support optimum employee health and well-being. Our mission is to promote worksite wellness through information, training, regulation and technical assistance. The goal of this process is to create a detailed plan for the wellness program, identify the steps needed to realize that vision, document those steps in a plan that works, and is easy to understand and implement. The program has three goals related to three outcome areas: employees, worksites and communities.
- Worksite Wellness program strategies will improve the health and well-being of all employees across the Commonwealth.
- Worksite Wellness will result in healthier worksites that result in positive returns on investment for employees and employers.
- Worksite Wellness will support the creation of healthy communities and improved health systems and public policies that improve population health.
Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts
The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts is an organization of Massachusetts health promotion professionals and business leaders dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles for all employees of Massachusetts through health promotion activities at the worksite.
Living Right May 2015- Your health and wellness awareness bulletin.
Living Right June 2015- Your health and wellness awareness bulletin.
MWCC Health Services will support, honor and promote Health and Wellness as an opportunity for students and staff to enjoy their academic life.
Domestic/Dating Violence & Sexual Assualt Resources
Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
- Clery Center: The Clery Center for Security On Campus is dedicated to preventing violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college and university campuses across the United States, and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes.
- Campus SaVE Act: The Campus Save Act is the most recent, and far reaching, in a long line of laws that protect students from sexual violence and harassment.
- Not Alone: Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools.
- Sexual Violence – Victim’s Rights and Information: Information to assist members of the College community with understanding the rights, protections and services available to victims of sexual violence.
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Sexual and Domestic Violence Resources
- Resources for Massachusetts Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Live Your Life Well Resources
- The SHINE Initiative: The SHINE Initiative develops funding and strategic alliances to improve public awareness and understanding of mental health issues, research and treatment.
- NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Helps individuals in suicidal crisis within the United States to contact the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.
- SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: Aims to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, and features information, news, and resources.
- Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance: DBSA offers information on depression and bipolar disorder as well as listings to patient support groups across the USA.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Non-profit organization provides information and support for patients and health professionals, with details of conditions, and lists of resources.
- HelpGuide: Take control of your health, relationships and emotional well-being.
- The Trevor Project: Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth.
- US Dept of Veteran Affairs – Mental Health: Authoritative mental health information and resources for Veterans and their families.
- AddictionCenter: Addiction Center offers comprehensive addiction information and guide to the dangers of abusing alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs and more.
- SmokeFree: Smokefree.gov is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking.
- Help Guide to Quit Smoking: A Guide to Kicking the Habit for Good.
- CDC – Quit Smoking: Comprehensive tobacco prevention and control.
- Quitting Smoking: 10 Ways to Resist Tobacco Cravings.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.
- SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
- The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) – Services available to all victims of all crimes.
Wellness Committee Members
- Heather Mulry, Director/Human Resource, Wellness Committee Chair
- Todd Bennett, Transfer Counselor
- Julie Capozzi, Associate Professor
- Lisa Diamond, Academic Counselor
- Maria Gariepy, HR Generalist
- Janice Gearan, Professor
- Constance Helstowski, Director/Payroll and Benefits Manager
- Margaret Jaillet, Assistant Dean/Health, Science & Community Programs
- Diane King, Coordinator of Health Services
- Jose Mangual, Academic Counselor
- Melissa Manzi, Senior Academic Counselor
- Sheila Murphy, Professor
- Paula Richard, Adjunct Faculty and Fitness Center
- Limari Rivera, Academic Counselor
- Diane Ruksnaitis, Vice President/Human Resources & Payroll/Affirmative Action Officer
- Tracy Sheridan, Staff Assistant/Human Resources/Payroll
- Steven Washkevich, Director/Fitness & Wellness Center
- Lisa Williams, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management
On campus DIAL 111
When you need Emergency assistance, whether it be medical or civil, please locate a telephone and DIAL 111. Be prepared to give operator the following information.
Do not call the Health/Wellness Center for emergency services as this wastes valuable response time. The 111 line is always open for emergency use days and evenings. The emergency team, consisting of Health/Wellness Services personnel and Security personnel, is always on alert to offer assistance at any moment.
Please note the RED SIGNS that are posted throughout the College as reminders to us all.
Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Diane King at Extension 136.