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The Wellness Resource Center fosters acceptance and a sense of purpose through intentional collaboration and education. Our work empowers all students in our community to thrive. We us a comprehensive, campus wide, public health model to enrich well-being for individuals, communities, campus, and our larger community.  We us a wide range of strategies to share information, support students in thinking critically about their habits and choices, challenge perceptions, and provide students with skills to live their best life.

Wellness Resource Center is dedicated to creating environments that support healthy decision making at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, and in the greater Missouri Community. We are certified as a Targeted Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Our Approach

Our work at the Wellness Resource Center is informed by best practices from Public Health, Health Promotion, and Psychology to inform our work. We use a socio-ecological model to address concerns at the individual, community and environmental levels.  We empower students to identify barriers and potential changes for holistic well-being. We foster a community of care and an environment where students are able to engage in positive health behaviors, make responsible choices, and feel safe and connected at Mizzou.

Research has shown scare tactics and shame are ineffective motivators for change; we use a harm reduction model instead. Our work focuses on building strengths and skills to help students thrive and make healthy choices for their sexual, physical, and mental health, including how to engage with alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and other drugs.

At the individual level we work with students to recognize barriers to thriving and to find ways to make small or large changes in daily life to move them toward a greater sense of well-being. We also work toward creating a community of care where students are encouraged to engage in positive health behaviors, make responsible choices, and feel safe.