The goal of the Office of Student Affairs is to both promote mental health and wellness and to facilitate the use of mental health resources that the university at large offers. We encourage students to understand their overall wellness in terms of eight particular dimensions: emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental. YLS and Yale University offer a variety of programming and resources to help people find fulfillment in each of these areas.

For students facing more serious mental illness, medical care is required. Although YLS itself is unable to provide this care, OSA works to help students to obtain appropriate medical care. Also OSA staff offer counseling services, for students facing both routine and more extreme personal and academic issues. These meetings are designed to help with broader health and wellness—they are not intended to substitute for medical counseling from a trained therapist or psychiatrist—but they help OSA to steer at-risk students toward appropriate services and treatment.