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Health and Wellness Services

MIAD is committed to the health and well-being of our students. We encourage students to be proactive and responsible for their health and mental health needs and provide resources both on campus and at Marquette University. All full-time MIAD students are provided free counseling and health services at Marquette University.

Medical Resources

Marquette University Medical Clinic

Marquette University Medical Clinic is equipped to diagnose and treat most outpatient conditions including care for illnesses, physical exams, treatment for minor injuries, STI evaluation & treatment, as well as immunizations. For more information visit the Marquette University Medical Clinic website:

All medical services are confidential and most services are free to MIAD students. To serve students more efficiently, Marquette University Medical Clinic requires an appointment. Same day appointments can be scheduled when available. Walk-ins are not accepted. You must present your MIAD student ID to obtain services from MU Medical Clinic.

Patient Care Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Check the Marquette University Medical Clinic website for the most up-to-date hours.

To make an appointment, contact Jennifer Crandall (Room RL95) or Tony Nowak (Room RL45C), or phone Marquette Health Center directly at 414-288-7184 and identify yourself as a MIAD student.

Class Absences due to illness
If you are ill and cannot attend class, please email your instructors.  If you have been ill for an extended period of time, please contact Jennifer Crandall who will assist you in coordinating health and school.  ( Ph: 414‑847‑3344)

Urgent Care near MIAD

  • Cathedral Square Express Care – Columbia St Mary’s Urgent Care Center
    734 N Jackson St, Milwaukee WI
  • Aurora Urgent Care
    946 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee WI
  • Walgreens Take Care Clinic
    1400 E Brady Street, Milwaukee WI

Hospitals in area

  • Aurora Sinai Medical Center
    945 N 12th Street, Milwaukee WI
  • St Mary’s Hospital
    2323 N Lake Dr, Milwaukee WI
  • Froedtert Hospital
    9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI


Walgreens – Multiple Locations

  • 1400 E Brady Street, Milwaukee WI
  • 275 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI
  • 1600 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI
  • 3109 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee WI

CVS Pharmacy – Multiple Locations

  • 1650 Farwell Ave, Milwaukee WI
  • 2950 S Chase Ave, Milwaukee WI
Health Insurance

In compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) all MIAD students are required to be enrolled in an ACA compliant health insurance policy. Prior to registration all students will be asked to indicate whether they are enrolled in an ACA compliant health insurance plan or whether they wish to be enrolled in one of the two MIAD plans. Information about the coverage options available through MIAD can be found at:

Students enrolled in one of the plans offered through MIAD are also eligible to enroll in the dental insurance plan described at the link listed above. To enroll in health insurance all that is required is an email to the Dean of Students indicating your desire to enroll and the level (High or Zero Deductible) at which you wish to enroll. 

MIAD contact: Tony Nowak, Dean of Students

Counseling & Mental Health Resources

marquette university counseling services:

Marquette University Counseling Center provides individual short-term counseling to MIAD students free of charge. Therapists provide both one-on-one counseling and group counseling. All services are confidential. The center is open from 8:00am – 4:30pm. For a complete listing of services check the Marquette University Counseling Center website

Marquette University Counseling Center offers several support groups free to MIAD students. For a current listing of support group offerings, visit the MU Counseling Center website

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the groups, simply call the Marquette University Counseling Center at 414-288-7172 and ask to speak to the on-call counselor. The on-call counselor will be able to answer any questions you may have and explain how you can get signed up for a group. If you are already in individual treatment at the Counseling Center, talk to your therapist about your interest in group.

  • MU Counseling Center
    1324 W Wisconsin Ave
    Holthusen Hall, Room 204
    Milwaukee, WI 53233


miad non-clinical counseling support:

Hanna Hobson, Student Support Counselor, provides emotional and personal counseling to students. Counseling support includes guidance with various mental health topics including stress management, anxiety and depression coping skills, mindfulness interventions, and more. The Student Support Counselor offers individual sessions, group workshops, responds to at-risk students, and provides short-term interventions for students in crisis or emotional distress.

Additional miad contacts:

Jennifer Crandall, Associate Dean of Students ​
Rebecca Skupien, Student Accessibility Counselor



(not an all inclusive list, please check with your insurance provider for coverage and additional resources)

  • Psychiatric Consultants and Therapists
    229 E Wisconsin Ave, Suite 600
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Therapies East Associated
    827 N Cass Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Riverwalk Psychotherapy Associates
    1110 N Old World Third St, Suite 401
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
  • Mental Heath and Wellness Resources for Milwaukee County
    Searchable database including therapist and support group directories
Disability Services

MIAD provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis through Academic Resources.

Visit the Disability Services page for more information.

Resources for Alcohol & Drug Concerns

Alcohol has been associated with the college experience for ages. However, alcohol and drugs can have negative consequences. Their use can impair academics and personal life. Serious use or misuse can lead to injuries or even death. We want the MIAD community to stay safe and smart.

Alcohol has been associated with the college experience for ages. Some people may ignore college students drinking, claiming, “it’s a normal rite of passage”. But is it? And what constitutes “normal”?

Here are some quick facts:

Death: 1,700 students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle accidents

Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol

Assault: More than 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted due to drinking by another student

Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape

Academic Problems: About 25% of college students report academic consequences of their drinking, including: missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on papers or exams, and receiving lower grades overall

Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2% – 1.5% of students indicate they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use

Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: 31% of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6% for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to self-report based questionnaires

If you or someone you know is dealing with an alcohol or other drug related problem there are resources available to you, please contact:

On Campus

Hanna Hobson, Student Support Counselor
Room 275H, Phone 414-847-3349

Jennifer Crandall, Associate Dean of Students
Room RL95, Phone 414‑847‑3344

Tony Nowak, Dean of Students
Room RL45C, Phone: 414‑847‑3240

Marquette University Counseling Center
Holthusen Hall, Room 204
1324 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI

Marquette University Medical Clinic
Schroeder Complex, Lower Level
540 N 16th Street, Milwaukee WI

Greater Milwaukee Central Office, Alcoholics Anonymous
7429 West Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI 53214
24 Hour Hotline: 414-771-9119
To search for local meetings:

Metro Milwaukee Narcotics Anonymous
24 Hour Milwaukee Info Line: 1-866-913-3837
To search for local meetings:

MIAD Health and Wellness Services

MIAD’s AODA Questionnaire

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Mental & Emotional Wellness Resources

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to a successful college experience. Wellness matters.

Here are some resources for you to maintain your own wellness.

Mental health conditions are a collection of disorders characterized by symptoms like sadness, extreme mood swings, disturbances in thought or perception, overwhelming obsessions or fears, or high levels of anxiety. Mental health conditions are disorders of the mind, which can make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. No one knows exactly what causes mental illness. There are multiple factors that can influence mental illness, including: genetic factors, biochemical factors and/or environmental factors.

With the pressures you may face in college, it is crucial to take your mental health seriously. Stress, overwork, fatigue, and a lack of ability to cope with these issues, can lead to the onset of mental health issues or exacerbate existing conditions.

It is important to remember that mental health conditions are treatable. The college years are a time when many mental and emotional disorders first appear, and it is important to seek out resources if you are concerned.


Depression: A 2012 study reported that 44% of college students have one or more symptoms of depression. Depression can be difficult to spot – it may be expressed through the abuse of drugs and alcohol or hostile, aggressive and risk-taking behaviors. Many factors can contribute, other emotional disorders, stress, poor nutrition, physical illness, personal loss, etc. Not everyone experiences depression the same way. Symptoms can include behavioral, emotional and/or physical changes.

Anxiety: Most college students experience some anxiety. Everyone feels anxious in certain situations, but an anxiety disorder can make it difficult for a person to function. A key indicator of an anxiety disorder is nervousness that is impossible to control or out of proportion to what is going on. There are different types of anxiety disorders, but all involve in some way, excessive worry, fear, avoidance and irritability.

Bipolar Disorder: Often characterized by extreme bouts of depression followed by periods of manic activity. It can be easy to pass off symptoms of bipolar disorder as mood swings. It can be common that a person who is manic thinks nothing is wrong with their behavior, even though it may be distressing to others. People can experience a variety of mood patterns; it is also possible to remain symptom-free for extended periods of time.

Eating Disorders: Approximately 20% of women and 10% of men in college struggle with an eating disorder. Many factors can contribute; from pressure of losing weight or “looking good” to the stress of a busy social, academic and work schedule interfering with proper eating. Eating disorders are serious and can lead to devastating consequences. Successful treatment includes addressing both emotional and physical symptoms.

Addiction: Addiction can be devastating for college students who may turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with stress or other mental health conditions. Even the “experimental” use of alcohol and drugs can have a negative impact. For many who struggle with addiction, often the most difficult thing is admitting a problem.

ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is characterized by poor attention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. It is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. Symptoms can continue into adulthood. Adults with ADHD may have difficulty with time management, organizing, goal setting and employment.

Self-Harm: Some estimate that up to 15% of college students have engaged in some form of self-harming behavior. People who harm themselves tend to so in private and on areas of the body that may not be visible to others. Self-harm is serious and should be monitored by a trained mental health specialist.


Marquette University Counseling Center provides individual short-term counseling to full-time MIAD students free of charge. Therapists provide both one-on-one counseling and group counseling. All services are confidential. The center is open from 8:00am – 4:30pm and is located at 1324 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 204 of Holtusen Hall. Phone: 414-288-7172.

On campus students can speak with:

Hanna Hobson, Student Support Counselor, 275H

Jennifer Crandall, Associate Dean of Students, RL95

Rebecca Skupien, Student Accessibility Counselor, RL95

Local to Milwaukee:

Milwaukee County Crisis Line: 24 hrs/day, 7 days a week. (414) 257-7222

General information on Local Mental Health Services: IMPACT 2-1-1. In Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties dial 2-1-1.

Center for Suicide Awareness: For emotional support and resources to help with any struggle before it becomes a crisis, text HOPELINE to 741741. This is a free service provided by the Center for Suicide Awareness.

Suicide Prevention

There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressor exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. It is important to remember that most people who actively manage their mental health lead fulfilling lives.

Risk Factors and Warning Signs

Something to look out for when concerned that someone may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the start of new behaviors. The greatest concern is if the new/changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss or change.

Warning Signs:

Talk – if a person talks about: Behavior – things to look out for: Mood – one or more may be displayed:

Being a burden

Feeling trapped

Experiencing unbearable pain

Having no reason to live

Killing themselves

Increase in alcohol or drug use

Looking for a way to kill themselves, looking online for materials or means

Isolating from family and friends

Sleeping too much or too little

Telling people goodbye/giving away possessions

Withdrawing from activities

Acting recklessly



Loss of interest





Risk Factors

Health Factors Environmental Factors Historical Factors

Mental health conditions

Substance abuse disorders

Serious or chronic health condition and/or pain

Stressful life events

Prolonged stress factors

Access to lethal means

Exposure to another person’s suicide or to graphic/sensationalized accounts of suicide

Previous attempts

Family history of suicide attempts


Considerations in responding to someone you are concerned about:

  • Talk to the person. Express concern.
  • Don’t be afraid to address suicide directly. Ask if they ever thought about suicide.
  • Listen, show interest, offer support, and take it seriously.
  • Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Always consult with others and seek support.
  • Help the person find assistance. Follow up with the person.
  • Do not leave the person alone if the person is in immediate or imminent danger, Dial 911.


Marquette University Counseling Center provides individual short-term counseling to full-time MIAD students free of charge. Therapists provide both one-on-one counseling and group counseling. All services are confidential. The center is open from 8:00am – 4:30pm and is located at 1324 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 204 of Holtusen Hall. Phone: 414-288-7172.

At MIAD, on campus students can speak with:

Hanna Hobsen, Student Support Counselor, 275H

Jennifer Crandall, Associate Dean of Students, RL95

Rebecca Skupien, Student Accessibility Coordinator, RL95

Marianne Di Ulio, Director of Residential Living and Student Engagement, RL45H

Tony Nowak, Dean of Students, RL45C


Milwaukee County Crisis Line: 24 hrs/day, 7 days a week. (414) 257-7222

General information on Local Mental Health Services: IMPACT 2-1-1. In Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties dial 2-1-1.

Center for Suicide Awareness: For emotional support and resources to help with any struggle before it becomes a crisis, text HOPELINE to 741741. This is a free service provided by the Center for Suicide Awareness.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Common Myths About Suicide:

  • “People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.

Not True, people who talk about suicide may be reaching out for help or support. Almost everyone who attempts or completes suicide has given some clue or warning.

  • “If a person is determined to kill themselves, nothing is going to stop them.”

Not True, suicidal people are often ambivalent about living or dying. Most suicidal people do not want death; they want the pain to stop. The impulse to end it all, while overpowering, does not last forever.

  • “People who die by suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help.”

Not True, studies of suicide victims have shown that more than half had sought medical help within six months of their deaths.

  • “Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.”

Not True, you don’t give a suicidal person morbid ideas by talking about suicide. Most people who are contemplating suicide do not know who to speak to – brining up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do.


  • Nearly half of all college students say they felt that things were hopeless such that they found it difficult to function in the past school year.
  • Depression affects 1 out of every 7 Americans. More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS.
  • One in ten college students has considered suicide.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college-age students.
Managing Stress

At one time or another, almost all college students experience some form of stress.

But there are two kinds of stress: The kind that fuels inspiration, drives work and motivates students to succeed; and the kind that becomes overwhelming and impedes students’ progress in college.


When or why do students become stressed to the point that it is unhealthy? It’s likely that there is more than one answer, but several commonalities exist.

Students can become stressed when they do not have enough time, or perceive that they do not have enough time, to do their honest best at college. Lack of sleep, an unhealthy diet, and not making time to exercise or relax with friends will increase stress.

Students get stressed when their focus is too small or too narrow, and they can’t see an issue in the larger context of life.  When college students experience great amounts of stress, they become overwhelmed.

Other common stressors in college include:

  • Greater academic demands than in high school
  • Being away from home
  • Being on one’s own in a new environment, with new responsibilities
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Changes in family relations and one’s social life
  • Exposure to new people, new ideas and temptations
  • Preparing for life after graduation

Other factors can compound stress, such as becoming ill, working many hours a week, or a chronic medical or mental health condition that requires extra time to do schoolwork.


Be organized

  • Create a living space with a place to focus and concentrate on schoolwork. Have a desk where you can keep everything you need for school in one place. It is important to keep your living and study spaces organized.
  • If roommates are noisy, find a place in the library or at MIAD to study.

Manage your time wisely

  • Use a calendar so that you can visualize when you have time to do schoolwork, sleep, work at a job and have time for self and friends.
  • Use a planner or a small sketchbook to write what you have to do for homework (daily to-do lists) and when assignments are due.
  • Avoid procrastination. Do your schoolwork before social activities.

Maintain a health lifestyle

  • Plan 20 minutes each day to be outside, exercise or just go for a short walk.
  • Eat a good healthy breakfast, and well-balanced meals with more whole grains, nuts, and fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid caffeine and reduce refined sugar consumption
  • Get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
  • Spend time each day with one relaxation technique, whether yoga, meditation or other personally meaningful expression.


It’s important to note that stress is a process that builds, and it is therefore more effective to get help early rather than later.  Without help, stress can become overwhelming.


The staff in MIAD’s Learning Resource Center helps students identify the issues creating their stress, and then steers students to resources to help them address it. Students receive tutoring in time management strategies, organization and study skills, as well as writing and research. Tutoring is available Monday-Friday. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Cathryn Wilson, Coordinator of Learning Support Services (

If you are experiencing stress that markedly affects or impairs functioning on a daily basis, you may need professional help. At MIAD, contact Hanna Hobsen, Student Support Counselor ( or Jennifer Crandall, Associate Dean of Students (

Marquette University Counseling Center is another resource. Marquette University Counseling Center provides individual short-term counseling to MIAD students free of charge. All services are confidential. Phone: 414-288-7172. The center is open from 8:00am – 4:30pm and is located at 1324 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 204 of Holthusen Hall.

Healthy Eating

It’s common for college students to feel like they have no time, to be under a lot of stress and eat on the go. You may find it is difficult to avoid bad habits like skipping meals or frequently choosing fast food options. Eating a healthy diet can help you feel better, cope with stress and perform better in the classroom!


Some quick tips:

  • Eat a good breakfast People who skip breakfast are often tired, irritable and restless in the morning.
  • Choose wisely, with variety Keep things balanced, try to include fruit and/or vegetables at each meal, and watch portion sizes.
  • Keep healthy snacks readily available When hunger strikes you won’t reach for the vending machine. Suggestions include: fresh or dried fruit, pretzels, unbuttered popcorn, yogurt, and almonds.
  • Watch caffeine intake Too much caffeine can cause insomnia, increase anxiety and stress, lead to stomach irritation and headaches.
  • Drink lots of water Your body needs at least 8 glasses a day, and if you exercise, you may need more. Carry a water bottle along to class for easy access to water.

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters.

Grocery and Retail Stores

Metro Market
1123 N. Van Buren St

Cermak Fresh Market
1236 S Barclay Street

Outpost Natural Foods
2826 Kinnickinnic Ave.

Whole Foods
2305 N. Prospect Ave

Pick N’ Save
605 E. Lyon St.


  • 4140 W. Greenfield Ave
  • 401 E. Capitol Dr.


  • 1501 Miller Park Way
  • 2950 S. Chase Ave

For nutritional guidance:

The Marquette University Med Clinic 
Schroeder Complex – lower level
540 N. 16th Street


There is evidence that regular physical activity reduces health risks and lessons symptoms associated with some common chronic mental health disorders. Possible benefits of exercise include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Release of endorphins – chemicals that have a naturally relaxing and calming effect on the body
  • Improved memory
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved focus
  • Better regulation of mood
  • Increased sense of accomplishment and self-esteem
  • Additional opportunities to meet others with similar interests

Having some kind of exercise routine in your life is good for both your body and mind. The idea of exercising can be overwhelming, but anything is better than nothing! Even a short walk can be helpful. Some quick ideas: talking a walk between classes, riding a bike, joining a class or recreational sports group, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Students may also want to check out local gyms and if they offer discounts for students.

Marquette University: Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center

525 N. 16 Street, Milwaukee WI

The Helfaer Recreation Center features a weight room and two cardio courts with Cardio Theater and a variety of cardio machines including steppers, recumbent bikes, treadmills, stationary bikes, rowers and ellipticals.

Check online for current fees:

 Local Fitness Centers

  • Planet Fitness Milwaukee Downtown
    101 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203
  • Wisconsin Athletic Club
    411 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
    161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203
  • Gold’s Gym
    731 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202
  • Anytime Fitness
    1555 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202
  • Snap Fitness
    1815 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

Why is sleep so important?

It restores our energy, fights off illness and fatigue by strengthening our immune system, helps us think more clearly and creatively, strengthens memory and produces a more positive mood and better performance throughout the day.

Sleep isn’t just a passive activity and something to fill the time when we are inactive, but rather it is an active and dynamic process vital for normal motor and cognitive function.

Consequences of lack of sleep include: more illness (colds and flu) due to a lowered immune system, feeling more stressed out, increased weight gain, decreased academic performance, increased depression and anxiety to decreased performance in activities that require coordination.

What can you do? Most people need 6-8 hours of sleep per night, and getting into regular patterns is helpful. Have an environment that is conducive to sleep (dark, quiet, comfortable). Also try to maintain a regular bed and wake time – even on the weekends, sleeping more than 1-2 hours more on a weekend can get your circadian rhythms out of sync.

3 quick tips that could improve your sleep:

  1. Stop using technology 30 minutes before bed (cell phone, lap top, kindle, etc). The light affects melatonin, which can help you fall asleep.
  2. No caffeine after 3pm.
  3. Sleep only an hour longer during the weekend than your latest weekday wake up time.

If sleep difficulties are impacting your learning, get help. Contact Marquette University Counseling Center, or your primary doctor. At MIAD, contact:

Hanna Hobson, Student Support Counselor
Room 275H, Phone 414-847-3349

Jennifer Crandall, Associate Dean of Students
Room RL95, Phone 414‑847‑3344

Rebecca Skupien, Student Accessibility Counselor
Room RL100, Phone 414‑847‑3347