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Resources to Assist You, Our Students

As a student in Pitt Public Health you are also a member of the University Community. As a result we want to make sure that you have easy access to all services that might be helpful to you while you are on campus. Therefore, we have listed several resources for you below.

However, If you do not find what you need here, or would like to speak to someone instead please contact:
- your advisor or other mentor,
- your departmental staff liaison,
- your program director,
- your department chair, or
- Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Mary Derkach, Associate Dean for Student Affairs Cindy Bryce, or Associate Dean for Education Eleanor Feingold

University Resources

(in alphabetical order)

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Info and Locations on Campus
In Public Health there are AEDs on the even floors of Crabtree Hall plus outside of A115, and odd floors of Parran Hall. 

Counseling Center
The Counseling Center offers a variety of mental health services, including assessment, counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric services, and abuse and assault services.

Counseling Center – Concern for fellow student
When dealing with an angry or upset student, you may contact the Counseling Center by telephone for assistance in dealing with the situation.

Disability Resources Services
Students with documented disabilities may work with a disability specialist to maximize academic performance.

ETD Assistance
A support team provided by the library system can assist you with submitting your electronic theses and dissertations.

Lactation Rooms for New and Nursing Mothers
There is a dedicated room in Public Health that contains a table, chairs, storage cabinet, refrigerator, and a hot water heater. Specifics on the room in our school are available at:

Legal Assistance (free through GPSG)
The Graduate & Professional Student Government Association (GPSG) provides 30 minute free legal appointments during the academic year on Fridays.

LGBTQIA Resources
An online resource database for current and prospective students who identify as members or allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, this site aims to improve visibility and support for LGBTQIA students and employees by promoting and publicizing available resources and services at the University.

Healthy U (health and wellness at Pitt)
HealthyU is a Pitt program that encourages a healthy lifestyle outside of the classroom, focusing on medical, physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, financial, and environmental wellness.

Off-Campus Living Tenants’ Rights
Understand your legal rights as a tenant to help you avoid, meet, and overcome rental problems.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The ODI coordinates and facilitates the development and implementation of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and diversity policies, procedures, and guidelines for the University.

Office of Health Sciences Diversity
The Office of Health Sciences Diversity exists to increase the number of well-trained professionals who reflect different cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, genders, religious affiliations, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations in the health professions schools.

Office of International Services
The OIS serves international students and the broader University community as a centralized resource for visa-related matters and international education.

Pitt Active Minds (mental health advocacy group)
Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that consists of student-run mental health awareness chapters that provide education and advocacy on campuses nationwide and empower students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.

Pitt Counseling Center Crisis Intervention Services
The Counseling Center provides crisis services for students in need of immediate mental health intervention.

Pitt Pantry (food insecurity)
In partnership with the Bellefield Presbyterian Church, Pitt students experiencing food insecurity can visit the Pitt Pantry to select items of need.

PRIDE Health (Health Sciences LGBTQI Alliance)
PRIDE Health’s goal is to foster connections among LGBTQI faculty, students, and allies to create stronger LGBTQI communities, advocacy, and resources at multiple levels throughout the Health Sciences Schools, the University and the Health System.

SafeRider Program
SafeRider provides safe transportation during the evening and early morning hours when special, nonemergency needs arise for Pitt or Chatham students, faculty, and staff. Call 412-648-CALL (2255) for your safe ride. Program their number into your phone so it’s handy when you need it.

SHARE (Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Education)
Pitt’s Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education provides counseling to victims of sexual assault, assists victims in obtaining medical care, and offers support in all aspects of the recovery process. The office also coordinates the University’s educational programs and active approach to preventing sexual assault on campus.

Single-User Restroom Locations on Campus
This site provides a map that identifies single-occupancy restrooms across campus. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to use these or any restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Stress Free Zone
The Stress Free Zone is a space where students can learn and regularly practice evidence-based, mind/body stress reduction skills. These skills are primarily taught through mindfulness meditation, a form of attention training which involves an intentional, non-judgmental observation of the present moment. Open to all students!

Student Health Service
The Mission of the Student Health Service is to provide high quality prevention, health education, and primary health care and pharmacy services to enhance student living and learning.

Talk About It (campaign to increase depression awareness)
This is a mental health campaign developed to increase awareness of depression experienced by university students. Its mission is to educate students about the illness of depression, to reduce the stigma associated with depression, and to encourage students to seek support and professional help.

Therapy Dog Tuesdays at Pitt
On Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. volunteers from the Humane Society in association with the College Canine Program bring their dogs to visit students and members of the public who are on Pitt's campus for an hour of fun and relaxation.

Transgender Campus Resources
Information and resources on issues, including name changing, restroom facilities, healthcare, and discrimination/harassment.

University Pharmacy
We have a wide variety of prescription medications as well as many over-the-counter products. Our licensed pharmacists will be happy to discuss any questions you have regarding your medications. We offer quick, professional and personal service in a convenient setting.

University Police
The primary mission of the University of Pittsburgh Police Department is for the protection and welfare of all University students, staff, faculty, visitors, and guests to the University as well as the safeguarding of all property.

Other Resources

(in alphabetical order)

Global Pittsburgh (international student networking)
Global Pittsburgh brings together globally-minded people in the Pittsburgh region through membership activities and hosting programs, helps universities and English Language programs attract more international students, and coordinates visits for international delegations through the U.S. Department of State.

Pittsburgh 311 Response Center (non-emergencies)
Submit any non-emergency City of Pittsburgh concerns or questions through this online form and a 311 representative will assist you.

PERSAD Center (regional LGBTQI organization)
Through a variety of outreach, prevention, counseling, advocacy, and training services, the PERSAD Center works to resolve problems faced by the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities.

Religious Groups & Worship
A listing of churches, mosques, and synagogues in the area.

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
Women’s Center & Shelter provides high quality, confidential and free programs offered in an environment where cultural competency, justice, autonomy, restoration and safety are priorities. Current programs include: 24-Hour Emergency Shelter, 24-Hour Hotline, Children’s Program, Empowerment Center (Support Groups), Legal Advocacy, Medical Advocacy, Civil Law Project, Education and MEN/S Group.


(in alphabetical order)

Pitt Counseling Center Crisis Intervention Services
Operated by the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Services
412-648-7930 | Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
412-624-2121 | After hours or on weekends. Note: this does get you to the campus police who can forward your call.

The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ youth)
866-4-U-Trevor (1-8-66-488-7386)
A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.

National Grad Crisis Line
877-GRAD-HLP (1-877-472-3457)
A national 24-hour, toll free confidential telephone counseling, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and information and referral services provided by specially-trained call-takers.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Help 24/7 for Sexual Assault Victims and Their Friends and Families that is free and confidential.

Re:Solve Crisis Network (Crisis Intervention)
888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-769-8226)
Round-the-clock, mental health crisis intervention and stabilization services for residents of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania   


On Campus | Call Pitt Police (412-624-2121 or 4-2121 from a campus phone)
What to Do in an Emergency Web resources

Off Campus | Call City Police (911)

Student Affairs Open Door

The Office of Student Affairs has an open door policy. The office located at A519 Crabtree Hall is staffed Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Do you know of other resources?

Do you know of other helpful resources for your fellow students? Please submit them to Robin Leaf.

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