Health and Wellness
Cincinnati Law takes the health and wellness of our students and their families seriously. You can browse this page for a number of resources available to UC students. Cincinnati Law also offers numerous health & wellness related programs and events throughout the course of the year.
Health & Wellness Resources
UC Law Health & Wellness
Cincinnati Law is committed to health and well-being of its students as they prepare to enter the profession. Workshops, groups, and events related to health and wellness and academic skills are held throughout the academic year.
Counselors from UC’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) are at the law school each week to provide 100% confidential counseling for enrolled students. Days and times will be announced in our weekly College newsletter. Students in crisis can contact the 24 hour CAPS Helpline at 513.556.0648.
Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program (OLAP)
The Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc. (OLAP) is a confidential resource for law students, lawyers and judges regarding substance abuse, drug addiction and mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. Maintaining a balance between your workload and social life can be a challenging but necessary task to help avoid many of the pitfalls associated with law school, such as drinking too much to avoid stress, depression and anxiety. While moderate levels of stress can have a positive impact on performance, excessive and prolonged stress can negatively impact not only your schoolwork, but also your social relationships.
The Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program is a safe place to turn for confidential assistance.
Find resources, self assessments, recommendations and support at: https://www.ohiolap.org/
Send a confidential email at: https://www.ohiolap.org/contact-us-links
Let’s Talk is a CAPS program taking place during the academic year at various locations on campus including at UC Law. Let’s Talk provides easy access to CAPS clinicians. This 100% confidential service is available for all UC students who may not need traditional counseling, but could still benefit from one-on-one support. Visit the Let's Talk Page for more information.
UC CAPS recommends students download the free Reach Out - University of Cincinnati App. You never know when you, a friend, or someone you know will need support for mental health. Knowing the signs you can recognize in others and yourself and being informed of campus resources can help you navigate these challenges.
The UC Student Wellness Center located in 675 Steger Student Life Center is open M - F 9:00am - 5:00pm and empowers students to make informed decisions regarding their health and wellness by providing evidence-based education, inclusive resources, and non-judgmental support. They offer an extensive collection of resources, information and workshops about various health and wellness topics including sexual health, drugs and alcohol, financial wellness, relationships and more.
The Bearcats Pantry provides free food, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies to students with food and other insecurities. The pantry also provides meal vouchers that can be used at campus dining halls. The Bearcats Pantry offers both a main location in Stratford Heights Building 16 Room 007, along with several to-go satellite locations around campus. The College of Law (Jennie Edelstein’s desk, 4th Floor) is a Bearcats Pantry To-Go location. Contact the Pantry at 513.556.5064 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UC’s Campus Recreation Center is free for students and offers a full range of fitness machines, courts, tracks, a climbing wall, pools, group fitness classes, nutrition counseling and more. Located at 2820 Bearcat Way. Students also have free access to the Fitness Center at CARE/Crawley on the Medical Campus at 3230 Eden Ave.
Safety & Emergency Contacts
Please be sure to keep your emergency contact information in Catalyst up to date.
Members of the UC community, including parents and local Cincinnati residents, can sign up to receive information regarding campus safety via Rave Alert, an emergency mass notification system that will send emergency text messages to your phone. When an emergency occurs, the University of Cincinnati utilizes several tools to communicate with members of our community in a quick and coordinated manner. These tools include:
- voice notification system
- text message
- electronic signage boards
- social media (Twitter and Facebook)
- safety notifications given through the Bearcat Guardian app
To learn more about emergency preparedness at UC, click here.
If you have a question about the university’s operational status or emergency notification process, please send an email to email@example.com or call 513-556-4900.
- Emergency: 911
- UC Police: 513-556-1111 / 513-558-1111
- Emergency/Status Updates: 513-556-3333
- Facilities: 513-558-2500
- Parking: 513-556-2283
The Bearcat Guardian app is a state-of-the-art safety app that allows you to turn your cell phone into a safety device. It works on any mobile phone running on any US-based mobile carrier network.
The app allows users to:
- Set-up a Safety Timer with a location and expected arrival time. You can choose anyone with a cell phone in your contact list as your "Guardian," who will be sent a link via text message asking them to keep an eye on you while you walk. They will be notified if you do not turn off your safety timer. The timer can be used anywhere you have cell phone service.
- Send anonymous tips about suspicious activity to UC Police using text and images.
- Receive emergency notifications from UC Public Safety.
- Use an Emergency Call Button to connect with UC Police. Your GPS location is provided so emergency personnel can reach you faster.
- Create a Safety Profile and add important information emergency responders need to know – things like medical conditions, allergies, disabilities and more.
- Find phone numbers, office locations and hours for university resources.
- View useful documents and links to university resources.
ABA Wellness Pledge Commitment
Recognizing that high levels of problematic substance use and mental health distress present a significant challenge for the legal profession, and acknowledging that more can and should be done to improve the health and well-being of lawyers, we hereby pledge our support for this innovative campaign and will work to adopt and prioritize its seven-point framework for building a better future.
- Provide enhanced and robust education to attorneys and staff on topics related to well-being, mental health, and substance use disorders.
- Disrupt the status quo of drinking-based events:
- Challenge the expectation that all events include alcohol; seek creative alternatives.
- Ensure there are always appealing non-alcoholic alternatives when alcohol is served.
- Develop visible partnerships with outside resources committed to reducing substance use disorders and mental health distress in the profession: healthcare insurers, lawyer assistance programs, EAPs, and experts in the field.
- Provide confidential access to addiction and mental health experts and resources, including free, in-house, self-assessment tools.
- Develop proactive policies and protocols to support assessment and treatment of substance use and mental health problems, including a defined back-to-work [and school] policy following treatment.
- Actively and consistently demonstrate that help-seeking and self-care are core cultural values, by regularly supporting programs to improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- Highlight the adoption of this well-being framework to attract and retain the best lawyers and staff.
Guide for Students with Families
Family health centers:
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229, 513.636.4200.
Provides comprehensive clinical services, emergency care, education and training programs.
Mt. Auburn Urgent Care
2230 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219, 513.620.8993.
Provides treatment for non-emergency medical care.
On Campus Parent Support
Resources for Expectant Parents
UC Health’s Center for Women and Infants
234 Goodman St., Cincinnati OH 45219, 513.584.1000.
Provides childbirth education and preparation resources and classes, maternity services, postpartum care.
UC Women’s Health Clinic
Lindner Athletic Center, 513.556.2564.
Provides contraceptive counseling and management, pregnancy testing and referrals.
UC Affiliated Child Care Facilities
Two childcare facilities are run by the university and are available to UC students, the Arlitt Child and Family Research Education Center and the UC Early Learning Center.
UC Early Learning Center
3310 Ruther Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220; 513.961.2825, firstname.lastname@example.org
Offers a comprehensive early childhood education program for children aged 3 months to 8 years. Both part-time and full-time programs are available.
Other City of Cincinnati Child Care and Early Education Resources
4C for Children
2100 Sherman Ave., #300, Cincinnati, OH 45212, 1.800.256.1296.
4C educates and supports local parents in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area with child care referrals, parenting coaching and workshops.
Beech Acres Parenting Center
Locations throughout Cincinnati, Hamilton and Lebanon, OH, 513.231.6630.
Beech Acres provides families with parenting programs, behavioral health services and expert resources for children of all ages.
11083 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45231, 513.674.4200.
Head Start is a federal funded early childhood program designed to provide comprehensive services to young children and emphasizes parent engagement. Programs are designed for 3-5 year old children in half-day sessions. Find your nearest Cincinnati Head Start center here.
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Child Care and Education Programs
Search for and locate licensed child care, early care and child education programs in the Cincinnati area. Search for child care, early care and education programs here.