Wellness Resources

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On-Campus Resources

Harper College Counseling Services provides support for students across 3 main areas: Career – Personal – Educational.

Farmer's Fridge offers fresh food vending machines on campus located at:

  • Building L, across from the bookstore
  • Building X, southeast corner by the Massage Therapy Clinic

Campus Recreation is located in the Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center (Building M) and offers a unique fitness and recreational experience for students, faculty, staff and the community. The new 135,000 square foot; state-of-the-art facility offers a four court fieldhouse, suspended jogging track, aquatics center, fitness studios, cardio/strength areas and numerous programs, services, intramural sport activities and special events.

Hawks Care offers students free food, personal hygiene supplies, school supplies, lunch/grocery/gas cards and other resources. We partner with several external agencies within the Harper College service area that offer housing, additional food, and transportation support.

Harper College offers gender-neutral bathrooms that are accessible by all genders in the following locations:

  • Building C: C110 and C229
  • Building H: H131
  • Building P: P136B and P219B
  • Building D: D147 and D247
  • Building F: F167 and F254
  • Building M: M1103RR and M2303RR

Harper College provides faculty, staff and students who are nursing mothers with secure lactation rooms. These rooms provide a space where nursing mothers can comfortably and privately pump. Please note, you will need to bring all of your own equipment. Most rooms are locked and only accessible with a key.

If you're a student and you need to obtain a key, contact Beth Ripperger, Manager of Harper Wellness, at 847-925-6963 or email at eripperg@harpercollege.edu. If you're an employee, please contact Jodie Olsen, Benefits Assistant, at 847- 925-6217 or jolsen@harpercollege.edu. The private lactation rooms at Harper College are listed below:

  • Building C, Room C114a
  • Building D, Room D149
  • Building F, Room F355
  • Health and Recreation Center, Building M, Room M2301 (no key required)
  • Harper Professional Center, Room 107 and 108 (Please note, these are private bathrooms and no key is required for entry)

Additional Information:

The Massage Therapy Clinic provides a supportive environment where each student can practice and perfect their skills in preparation for a career in Massage Therapy. Schedule your massage today.

Located on the campus and accessible from Harper’s Algonquin Road entrance, the Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center (Building M) includes an NCH Outpatient Care Center. Onsite health services will be provided to students, staff and the community including:

  • Immediate care
  • Occupational health
  • Student health services
  • Laboratory services
  • Physical therapy
  • Imaging

Websites & Screenings

  • Alcoholics Anonymous at Harper College: Closed meeting for those who have a desire to stop drinking. The group meets on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in Building A, Cafeteria
  • Addiction Center: Free and confidential assistance (24/7) with drug and alcohol rehab treatment options, resources and information. Phone: 855.706.9275
  • Al-Anon Family Groups: Al-Anon members and meetings are for people who are worried about someone with a drinking problem. You can find a meeting near you by visiting the Al-Anon website.
  • Alcohol Addiction Center: Their mission is to provide information and resources for anyone struggling with an alcohol problem, either through a friend or family member, or with a problem of their own. They are not a facility. Each situation is unique, and they strive to educate and inform people about alcoholism. 
  • Cannabis Legalization - Findings from the Young Adult Health Survey: Report about what the University of Washington has learned after six years of cannibis being legalized in the state.
  • College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (AIM): CollegeAIM is a resource to help schools address harmful and underage student drinking. Developed with leading college alcohol researchers and staff, it is an easy-to-use and comprehensive tool to identify effective alcohol interventions.
  • Collegiate Recovery Communities: Information and resources for college students in recovery.
  • DUI Costs: Article outling the costs of receiving a drunk driving ticket in addition to other alcohol and other drug resources.
  • Marijuana Facts: Information about marijuana consumption and risks associated with substance use.
  • National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.
  • Opioid Help: News, Information and resources about opioids.
  • Palatine Club AA Meetings: Palatine meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, Alateen, and other twelve-step groups.
  • Sober Nation: List of various drug treatment facilities, resources and articles to assist an individual in getting sober. 
  • Students in Recovery Guide: A guide to help assist students who are seeking alcohol and/or drug treatment and recovery during college.
  • Substance Abuse in Healthcare: Addiction resources and expert advice for healthcare professionals and students.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
  • Treatment Navigator: Alcohol treatment options.
  • Addiction Counselor: Resources for mental health issues, signs and where to seek help. 
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Research, educational programs, support for loss survivors, advocacy and events surrounding suicide prevention.
  • JED Foundation: The Jed Foundation empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
  • Mental Health America of Illinois: Committed to increasing the public's access to science-based mental health information.
  • Mental Health Resources in Illinois: Directory of Family-Endorsed Providers features multiple mental health resources in the state of Illinois. All of the Illinois providers listed have been recommended by a family member of a person who has used their services and have been carefully vetted by an Advisory Group. 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness | Illinois
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The 24/7 lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loves ones:1-800-273-8255.
  • Seize the Awkward: Tips on how to talk to someone you are worried about, signs to watch out for and conversation starters.
  • The Trevor Project: A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 866.488.7386.
  • To Write Love on Her Arms: To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
  • American Heart Association: Receive information health and wellness information and tips about healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, fitness, recipes, stress management, losing weight and more.
  • American Cancer Society: Get everything you need to know about cancer, from the basics to detailed information on more than 70 different cancer types.
  • Go Ask Alice: Health and wellness website that provides answers to frequently asked questions. Information is provided by health promotions professionals, health care providers, and other health professionals at Columbia University.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Provides information about new and emerging health threats, disease prevention and intervention, healthy and safe behaviors, health issues and causes of death and disability for Americans and other public health problems.
  • Health Finder
  • Hoffman Estates VA Clinic: Mental Health Care, Primary Care, Dermatology and Specialty Care services for veterans.
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Mayo Clinic: Provides information about diseases, conditions, tests and procedures, symptoms, research, education, services and other healthcare information.
  • Medline Plus: Information about symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention for over 1,000 diseases, illnesses, health conditions and wellness issues.
  • Northwest Community Healthcare: Located on the campus and accessible from Harper’s Algonquin Road entrance, the Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center (Building M) includes an NCH Outpatient Care Center. On site health services will be provided to students, staff and the community.
  • American Sexual Health Association: Promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and education the public, professionals and policy makers in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes.
  • Beforeplay.org: Hub for Colorado and Michigan efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, promote good sexual and reproductive health and well-being, and help “normalize” conversations about these topics.
  • Chicago Healthy Adolescents & Teens: CHAT provides information and local resources about sex, sexual health, and sexual orientation.
  • FTM (Female to Male) International: Serves the Female-To-Male community in addition to providing resources and support. 
  • Gender Pronoun Guide: The Division of Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a gender pronoun guide to serve as a starting point for using pronouns respectfully. 
  • Human Rights Campaign: Advocates for LGBTQIA+ equality and educated the public about LGBTQIA+ issues. 
  • International Foundation for Gender Education
  • Kinsey Institute: Website for exploring love, sexuality, and well-being.
  • Method Explorer: One-stop-shop to learn about the various methods of birth control.
  • Out2Enroll: Out2Enroll is a national initiative launched in September 2013 to connect our communities—LGBT people and our families, friends, and allies—with the new health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Positively Aware: Trusted source of HIV treatment and advocacy news.
  • Scarleteen: Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships information for teens and emerging adults. Specifically addresses LGBTQIA+ concerns.
  • Transgender Map: Website about gender identity, gender expression and how to make a gender transition.