Health Promotion


Recent policy changes in a number of states legalizing cannabis for medical and/or recreational use suggest a shift in societal attitudes and perceptions around cannabis. University Health Services takes a harm reduction approach to all substance use, including cannabis.

Cannabis Harm Reduction

If you are considering using cannabis, here are some tips that you can use to reduce your risk of harm and bad experiences:

Avoid cannabis smoke if possible. Cannabis smoke contains tar and toxins. The safest choice is to use a vaporizer. Take shallow puffs, not deep...

Pet Hugs

The Pet Hugs program brings therapy dogs to campus to positively impact mood, stress, and connection for the entire UC Berkeley community.

In partnership with the Animal Rescue Foundation, UHS coordinates Pet Hugs events on campus. It is popular among many campus community members. We have overheard comments like:

"My day just got better." "I've been so stressed out. I feel a lot better now." "I miss my dog so much. I love being able to pet this puppy."

If you missed an event,...

Social Health and Wellness: It All Starts With Hello!

Make friends and build a community by taking a chance and saying “Hi” to a fellow UC Berkeley student!

Social support is essential to our overall health and well being. Studies confirm what many of us know about the benefits of having friends:

lowered stress levels, a heartier immune system, and an increased ability to concentrate and learn.

It's not always easy, but making and maintaining friendships help us be healthier and happier and are worth the time investment. And each day offers opportunities to connect with potential and established friends....


Have a fun night with fewer problems related to alcohol.

We need to publicly advocate for a party culture that is world class. We want to make it obvious to any student attending a Berkeley party that we keep it social - not slurred - and that health and safety are a top priority if problems arise.

Why #OurHouse?

During Fall of 2014, the UC Berkeley community suffered too many alcohol and party-related problems, including three student deaths and multiple hospital transports, injuries, and public nuisance violations. This is unacceptable for a world...

Refresh for Finals - RRR Week Tips

During Reading/Review/Recitation (RRR) Week add a 4th "R" for Refresh.

Health Campaigns

We develop innovative health campaigns to equip students with strategies to navigate critical health issues. collapse all expand all What's Your Be Well Game Plan?

Be Well Game Plan encourages students to create a plan for taking care of themselves in all aspects of wellness, including stress, social connection, time management, and more.


Health Coaching

Health coaches support you through the process of defining and achieving your health and wellness goals by creating a sustainable and achievable action plan.

Please be advised that coaching sessions are not a substitute for medical appointments. Coaches cannot diagnose or treat medical issues, or authorize medical tests. More than one visit is possible.