General Resources

On Campus Resources 

Student Health Services

Offers a range of counseling and medical help for all students facing any and all issues. All services are confidential, and appointments can be made for Monday – Friday.  Initial counseling appointments must be made via phone, but subsequent appointments may be made through the SHS online portal.  See shs.wustl.edu for pamphlets, insurance information, counselor biographies, and more. The first 9 counseling sessions are free and subsequent visits (limited to 15 each school year) will have a copay as determined by the student’s insurance company.

  • shs.wustl.edu
  • (314) 935-6666
  • See “Counseling at SHS” in the menu above for more information about how counseling through SHS works

Health Promotion Services

Provides information and services on issues and topics affecting all areas of student academics and health.  All resources are free and focus on stress, anxiety, alcohol and addiction, GLBT, body image, relationships and sexual health, sexual violence, sleep, body image, nutrition, fitness and other mental health issues.  Contact Melissa Ruwitch for more information on available programs.

Wellness Wing

9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday

Located in the Sumners Recreation Center. Houses programs such as StressLess, Let’s Talk, and weekly programming. Also offers general resources/ assessments, safe sex supplies and pregnancy tests

SHS Groups

Often, the support and points of view of others can be particularly helpful. In group counseling, students consider and try out new ways of dealing with people and situations in relatively safe surroundings. Some groups explore relationships. Others may focus on particular topics, such as self-esteem, grief, anxiety, dissertation support, or families. All groups are led by members of the Mental Health Services staff. Please go to https://shs.wustl.edu/MentalHealth/Pages/Groups.aspx for more information on SHS groups.

Coping with Stress (Fall 2016)

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Facilitated by rotating counseling staff Fridays, Sept. 30 – Dec. 2, 1:15-2:00pm South Forty House, Meeting Room 1

If you’re feeling stressed out, looking for ways to find a healthy life balance, or just want to take a mini-break from your busy day, this is the group for you. Through experiential activities you’ll learn a variety of new skills for managing stress, reducing anxiety and improving mood. We offer this group throughout the semester and you can attend as many sessions as you like. No pre-registration required.

Finding Your Center (Fall 2016)

Facilitated by Jackie Miller, M.Ed., LCSW

Fridays, Dardick Seminar Room

Oct 7, 14, 21, and Nov 4, 11, and 18, 2:15-3:45pm

This workshop series incorporates a number of holistic strategies that help students quiet their mind and feel more focused. Each session allows time to practice relaxation techniques, deep breathing, and meditation exercises that help reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. To register or for questions contact Jackie Miller at jmiller@wustl.edu.

Meditation Mondays (Fall 2016)

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Relaxation sessions will be held in DUC room 278 (Goldberg formal lounge) on 9/19, 10/24, 11/21, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3 at 3:10 pm and 4:10 pm for forty minutes each (two sessions are offered on each date).

ADHD Support Group (Fall 2016)

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Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm, Starting 9/13

Location: Seigle Hall 305

This drop-in group, co-facilitated by Dr. Self from Student Health and Dr. Michael Getty from the College of Arts & Sciences, provides peer support, accountability, and practical strategies for students with ADHD. Undergraduate students are eligible to participate. Attend as many sessions as you like, no need to register! For questions contact: Dr. Self at jself@wustl.edu.

Cornerstone

Cornerstone is an on-campus academic support service open to all students.  Academic support services, such as peer mentoring and test-taking skill workshops, are open to all students.  Disability resources are only open to students with a diagnosed disability.

  • (314)935-5970

Office of Student Financial Services

Assists students with issues related to finances including budgeting, money management, student accounts, emergency loans, and student employment.  Also has a Scholarship Resource Center to help students find outside scholarships.  SFS counselors are available during business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-5:00 PM) to answer questions.  Conversations are confidential.

Office for International Students and Scholars

The OISS mission is to provide social, cultural, and academic support, English language instruction, and information on governmental regulations, and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding within our university and the St. Louis Metropolitan area.  Weekly lunches, language programs, and walk-in advising hours.

Residential Life

Housing policies, list of RA’s, RCD contact information, and forms for room change.  Contact Jill Stratton if issue with staff or not comfortable discussing with RCD or RA.

First Year Center

Supports new students through their transition into the WashU community.  The FYC goal is to assure each new student builds and sustains his or her academic and personal goals by bringing together people, programs, and resources to provide an exceptional undergraduate experience.  Programs include the Campus Connections Series, Emerging Leaders Program, First 40, and Service by the Dozen, among others.

Career Center

Students can make an appointment with a career advisor who fits background and interest.  Other resources include CAREERlink (job and internship database), WebREC (recommendation letter manager), and career development resources (help with resumes, interviews, job searches, and networking).

Office of Campus Life

Provides information about getting involved on campus, diversity and inclusion, leadership, Greek Life, and other student groups.  Website includes a link to all WashU student groups and information about SIL advisors of the day.

Emergency Support Team (EST)

The WU Emergency Support Team responds to medical emergencies on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during the fall and spring semesters. Crews of three student volunteers, consisting of at least two medics who have their Missouri EMT-B licenses, provide emergency medical care to Wash U students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. EST provides special coverage for campus events, as well as CPR and standard first aid certification classes. To request medical attention, dial “Fistful of Fives,” 5-5555 (or 314-935-5555 from a cell phone).

S.A.R.A.H (Sexual Assault and Rape Anonymous Hotline)

SARAH is a student-run helpline that serves the Washington University in St. Louis community. They offer counseling, resources and referrals on interpersonal violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, relationships, and sexual health. They are confidential and available as a resource to members of the Wash U community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (excluding winter and summer break).

  • Helpline: 314-935-8080
  • Visit http://sarah.wustl.edu/  for information about on and off campus resources and educational trainings

Off Campus/Online Resources 

Counseling/Treatment Locators

To use the Student Health Insurance Plan for off-campus counseling and treatment options, students must first go to SHS to receive a referral.  To use independent insurance, this step is not necessary.

  •  Psychology Today Database
    • Search for a therapist, treatment center, support group or psychiatrist based on location, insurance, treatment orientation and other criteria.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – findtreatment.samhsa.gov

ULifeline  

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.  Students can enter in their university to find information specific to their school about counseling and other mental health options.

Mental Health America

National website has information and resources on a wide variety of topics, as well as treatment options, coping with recovery and support, and tips on living well.  Eastern Missouri Affiliate website also has information specific to the St. Louis area.

Screening for Mental Health

Worried about your mental health or a friend’s? Online screening for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Alcohol, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder available to all Washington University students for anonymous use.  The screening provides feedback about whether or not professional consultation will be helpful.

The Mighty

A website with a collection of posts from people living with serious medical conditions including chronic illness, mental illness and disability. Has stories, information and advice by and for people with a mental illness, including coping tips, inspiration and the very real experiences of people with various mental illnesses.