Noah Wellness Center
What is the Center?
The Noah Wellness Center exists to support and encourage the mental health and wellbeing of the Slifka community. Amidst the academic, social, and other pressures that Yale students encounter, the Noah Wellness Center strives to create space for students to just be. Through resources, dedicated space, and programming, the center presents an opportunity for students to show up as their full selves and be supported in building meaningful, nourishing lives. All events through the Center are alcohol-free and substance-free and are intended to create a warm, supportive community for folks struggling with substance use disorders and other mental health challenges.
Come visit the center during Slifka’s open hours, and take a look at some of our past events below!
If you have ideas for something to add to the center or what programs you’d like to see, or if you are seeking support around mental health or substance use issues, reach out to Associate Jewish Chaplain Rachel Leiken.
Resources and Support
Below are links to various campus and off-campus resources. Slifka Center staff members are here to support you, whether by connecting you with resources, sitting with you as you make appointments, accompanying you on walks to access campus resources, supporting transportation costs to off-campus resources, and more. Email Associate Jewish Chaplain Rachel Leiken at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out to any member of the Slifka Center staff.
If you think you or a friend might have a longer-term problem with alcohol or other drugs, you can get in touch with one of Yale’s substance abuse counselors, who can help you think through this:
Marie Baker, Yale Health Substance Abuse Counselor
Events of the Noah Wellness Center have included poetry nights, meditations, dance parties, study breaks and hangouts, and more! Take a look at the Slifka events calendar to see what’s coming up.
History of the Center
The Noah Fund was established in 1993 to enable Slifka Center to provide mental health and wellness support to students struggling with substance use disorders and other mental health challenges. The Noah Wellness Center was built in 2021 to further this mission and create a physical home for this work at Slifka. It is named for Biblical Noah, who experienced the complete destruction of the world as he knew it and, as a result, struggled in his relationship with alcohol.
“When Noah’s world was coming apart at the seams, he built an ark and created a diverse, inclusive community which could help him and the world recover from the stresses of his day. It is our hope that the Noah Wellness Center and related programs will provide healthy alternatives for the Yale community to drinking and drugs when faced with the stresses and anxieties faced by this generation.”
–Judy Sandler and Skip Klein, Yale Class of 1983