Health and Wellness

BE WELL @ BOWDOIN is committed to establishing a work environment that promotes healthy lifestyles, decreases the risk of disease, and enhances the quality of life. Through health promotion, educational programming, and a full array of athletic and recreational facilities available for use, employees have unique opportunities readily available to them. 

DIAL 2-1-1

2-1-1 Maine is a statewide, free, confidential information and referral service for everyone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 2-1-1- offers information on emergency/disaster assistance, child/adult protection, clothing/food/housewares, child care/youth resources, credit counseling, disability services, elder services, employment/training services, hospitals and clinics, mental health, parenting/family mediation, substance abuse/recovery and transportation. Simply dial 211 or 1-877-463-6207 or go to

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Balancing work and life

To help employees balance work and life, Bowdoin College offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is designed to help with issues such as financial stress, legal matters, child care, caring for your parents, addiction, relationship stress, or health issues. It is a confidential way for you to get some help and guidance the way you want it, online, in-person, or by phone from trustworthy professionals.

The College offers a generous holiday and vacation time benefit.  We encourage employees to use vacation time periodically to relax and recreate with family and friends. 

Connecting with the community

An important component of your well-being is connecting with your friends, your family and health and fitness opportunities and resources within the community.

Having healthy relationships

Having healthy relationships at home and work is important and all relationships could benefit from a little help now and then. If you find that stress or disagreements are affecting your relationships with friends, family, or roommates in the areas of: financial stress, legal issues, child-care, caring for your parents, addiction, general relationship stress, or health issues, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential way for you to get some help and guidance the way you want it, online, in-person, or by phone from trustworthy professionals.

There are times when everyone feels overwhelmed and overworked from their professional responsibilities. However, if you have a situation that has been extended and you are having trouble saying something to your supervisor or solving the issue, Bowdoin can help resolve the unease of your work relationship with a Confidential Workplace Advisor.

Staying healthy

Staying healthy is critical to your sense of well-being in your life outside of Bowdoin as well as in your professional life.  Whether you need to reduce stress, lose weight, establish a relationship with a counselor, or assist your family members in maintaining their own healthy lifestyle, we have many resources -- both on campus and off -- to offer.