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January 24, 2019

The 2018-2019 grants awarded in December 2018 are now listed on our website. Click on this link to check out the exiting new projects the Wellness Fund is sponsoring. Please direct any questions to

April 5, 2018

The 2017-2018 grants that were awarded in December are now available on our website. Follow this link to check out what new projects the Wellness Fund is supporting! 

May 15, 2017

Berkeley Rec Sports

Participation in recreation and wellness activities can have a profound impact on a students collegiate experience – helping to reduce stress, increase self-confidence and build a strong sense of community. Through this initiative, Recreational Sports will take a crucial step forward in reducing the barriers to wellness for often marginalized student and campus communities including trans and non-gender binary students, students with disabilities or anyone seeking additional privacy.

February 18, 2016

Daily Cal

Students will now be able to snooze between classes, as the ASUC Office of Academic Affairs vice president has just opened several designated napping areas across campus.

The office held a launch event for these Relaxation Enhancing Study and Tranquility, or REST, Zones on Thursday on Sproul. The zones are located in Bechtel Engineering Center, Wurster Hall, Eshleman Hall and the Tang Center.

January 25, 2016

Daily Cal

After the wellness referendum passed last spring, University Health Services and other campus groups have started adjusting services and funds in response to data from the initiative’s first semester.

August 19, 2015

East Bay Express

That's because students willingly agreed to increase their own fees to pay for it. Some, however, remain concerned about the lack of long-term counseling at UC Berkeley.

July 27, 2015

New York Times

Nationally, the suicide rate among 15- to 24-year-olds has increased modestly but steadily since 2007: from 9.6 deaths per 100,000 to 11.1, in 2013 (the latest year available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). But a survey of college counseling centers has found that more than half their clients have severe psychological problems, an increase of 13 percent in just two years.

June 15, 2015

Daily Cal

Both graduate and undergraduate students overwhelmingly supported the Wellness Fee Referendum during the 2015 ASUC general elections. The margin of victory — 7,308 “yes” votes to 2,950 “no” votes — made the referendum the most widely supported monetary student fee on the ballot. The landslide passing signals wellness as a priority for students.

April 28, 2015

Wall Street Journal

Universities are hiring more psychologists and psychiatrists, but students in some cases are footing much of the bill

March 31, 2015

Daily Cal

From April 7-9, students will have a chance to vote on the upcoming wellness referendum, which seeks to address multiple health and wellness issues, including keeping the Recreational Sports Facility open, increasing Tang Center medical hours and mental health services, and preventing sexual violence, among other dire needs. We hope students will choose to prioritize wellness and vote “yes” for the wellness referendum when they cast their ballot.

March 7, 2015

Daily Cal

The ASUC Senate will vote Wednesday on whether to add a wellness referendum, which would maintain Recreational Sports Facility services and expand mental health resources, to the ballot in April.

If the referendum were to pass, the new fees — which would be in place for 30 years — would promote student mental health by creating programs to support diversity and prevent sexual assault, expanding Tang Center services and funding relaxation spaces on campus. It would also replace RSF fees that are set to expire in the next two years.

February 13, 2014

Daily Cal

Taking a step forward in promoting student wellness, the ASUC Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday night to establish a new student-led wellness initiative and workgroup.