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Peace of Mind in Stressful Times Program

Are you feeling stressed out? Need to learn how to relax? Student Health Service offers individualized stress reduction sessions to Penn students who might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by daily pressures, or who are just interested in exploring alternative approaches for coping with stress.The stress reduction sessions will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your concerns with Sandi Herman, a caring health and wellness educator. You will learn concrete strategies for coping with stress:

  • Develop a personalized plan of action that will identify positive steps that you can take to stay focused in the present moment and feel more balanced in the midst of stressful situations.
  • Discuss various ways to manage your time and communicate more clearly with others.
  • Learn self-care methods, such as mindful breathing and guided imagery, self-massage, qigong and other mind/body techniques.

    Sessions are 50 minutes in length, and confidential. Penn students receive one session free for each academic year. Subsequent sessions during the same academic year are $40, and not covered by insurance. 

    Call (215) 746-3535 or click HERE to make a stress reduction appointment using the SHS Student Portal.

    WholeBreath Smoking Cessation

    All of the smoking cessation benefits available at the University are summarized in this brochure.

    Are you a smoker? Would you like to quit? Schedule an appointment with Health and Wellness Educator Sandi Herman to discuss a holistic approach to becoming a non-smoker, through "WholeBreath Smoking Cessation." Sandi will assist you in becoming more aware of the patterns of your smoking habit, and provide you with strategies and techniques, including meditation, journaling, and guided imagery, to make quitting possible. Sessions are 50 minutes in length, and confidential. 

    Call (215) 746-3535 or click HERE to make a smoking cessation appointment using the SHS Student Portal.

    Are you on the Penn Student Insurance Plan? Here is a full summary of your smoking cessation benefits:

    The Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP) covers 8 individual or group visits per policy year for screening and counseling services to aid in tobacco product cessation. Coverage includes:

    1. Preventive counseling visits
    2. Treatment visits
    3. Class visits

    The Penn Student Insurance Plan's Prescription Drug benefits include prescription smoking cessations aids. Over-the-counter medications are not covered by PSIP. More policy information is available HERE.

    Wellness Benefits under PSIP:

    The Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP) offers, for free, Healthy Lifestyle Coaching to become tobacco free. The wellness coach, who is a certified tobacco cessation specialist, helps to:

    1. Work on successful quitting strategies
    2. Recognize and manage triggers for tobacco use
    3. Find healthy alternatives to replace the feeling received from smoking
    4. Quit tobacco and feel more energized and healthy
    5. Support the student every step of the way.

     Options are available for:

    1. Individual coaching for personalized attention, focused squarely on needs, obstacles, and strengths of the individual
    2. Group coaching for peer support and inspiration

    A free 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy is provided for completing 3 sessions with a coach. The student could choose a $25 Corporate Rewards gift card instead. Students who complete a 6-month follow-up call with a coach get another $25 rewards card.

    Call (215) 746-3535 or click HERE to make a smoking cessation appointment using the SHS Student Portal.

    Questions? Contact Sandi at for more information.

    Individual Stress Reduction and Smoking Cessation Sessions