Health Information Resources
The health and well-being of our students remain our top priority. Below are resources for students to learn about a variety of health topics, including substance abuse, nutrition, mental health, sleep and more.
- College Drinking, Changing the Culture: Research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
- Rethinking Drinking: You can take a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): General information about the effects of alcohol on health.
- NIAAA: Homepage for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Looking for a meeting in the Boston area?
Cold and Flu
- Flu Facts: MA Department of Public Health
Eating Disorders and Body Image
- Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association
- National Eating Disorder Association
- National Association for Males with Eating Disorders
- Center for Mindful Eating
- CollegeGambling.org: Developed by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) as a tool to help current and prospective students, campus administrators, campus health professionals, and parents address gambling and gambling-related harms on campus.
- National Council on Problem Gambling
Marijuana and Other Drugs
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Includes University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future data (2005) and basic info on the extent of use, health effects, and treatment options.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - Children & Teens
- DrugAbuse.gov: Includes research reports, quick facts, & trends on "club drugs," such as MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD.
- GenerationRx: Medication safety resources and information for teachers and students (K-college). Student understanding of medication safety issues, particular the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Mental Health (depression, anxiety, etc.)
- ULifeline: An anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention.
- Scarleteen: The highest-ranked website for sex education and sexuality advice online for 15-25 year olds.
- GYT provides the facts on STIs, testing, and protection; talking tips to help young people communicate with their partners, parents, and health care providers; and a testing center locator provided by the CDC.
- Alice!: Information on college sexual health. Ask questions or find an answer to a question. A SUPERs favorite!
- Planned Parenthood: Info on sexual health, contraception, emergency contraception, etc
- American Social Health Association: ASHA is America's authority for sexual health information.
- Centers for Disease Control Sexual Health & Topics page
Sexual Violence (assault, rape, harassment)
- Suffolk University's policy on sexual misconduct on campus. The policy also tells students what they can do if this happens to them or a friend.
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center: 24/7 hotline 800-841-8371. Free, confidential services to survivors, their friends and families, and professionals ages 12 and older
- RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
- Centers for Disease Control
- National Sleep Foundation
- Sleeping Smart (for college students)
- Understanding Sleep (National Institutes of Health)
- MIT's Community Wellness Downloads (mindfulness and relaxation audio files)
- Managing Stress (medline plus)
- Coping With Stress Checklist (Mental Health America)
- Meditation (Mayo Clinic)
- Relaxation Techniques (Mayo Clinic)
Student Health 101 (college health e-magazine)
- Student Health 101 is a free e-publication for all Suffolk University students. Monthly issues highlight a variety of college health and wellness topics.
Testing for STDs/STIs and HIV
- Testing is available, whether or not you will have to pay out of pocket for the testing depends on what type of health insurance you have. Please review your health insurance policy for coverage details. There are also many free and low-cost STI testing sites in Boston. You can also call Counseling, Health & Wellness Services for more information regarding STI testing.
- The American Legacy Foundation is dedicated to building a world where young people choose not to smoke. The Foundation develops programs that address the health effects of tobacco use.
- American Cancer Society: Includes FAQ about tobacco and cancer.
- Stay Away From Tobacco: Benefits of quitting smoking.
- Centers for Disease Control: Tobacco specific information, including data and statistics, science-based strategies, national, state, and local programs, and other publications.