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Health Promotion Services

Health Promotion Services works to help you build healthy decision making skills, reduce risk, and take care of yourself and your friends. We support you reaching your full potential in academics, outside the classroom, and beyond Washington University in St. Louis.

We use resources and programming to promote the expertise of our colleagues in Medical Services and Mental Health Services and help you access what you need at Student Health.

We train student leaders in Residential Life, Greek Life, and Campus Life, and advise students involved in peer health education on key topics, including: alcohol/other drugs, interpersonal violence, relationships/sexual health, stress/sleep/anxiety, nutrition/fitness/body image, and basic self-care. You can read about these and more in Health Topics.

Popular health promotion efforts include:

  • “Dine with the Dietitian” in Dining Services’ demo kitchen
  • Stress-Less@Wash U
  • “Sex in the Dark” program delivered in residence halls
  • Free STI (sexually transmitted infection) Screening Days in the DUC
  • Stressbusters
  • Stress Free Zones before fall finals
  • Student-led awareness campaigns include:
    • Eating Disorders Awareness Week
    • Mental Health Awareness Week
    • National Depression Screening Day
    • Safe Spring Break
    • Sexual Responsibility Week
    • Sexual Assault Awareness Month

If you would like to learn more about any of these topics, contact us or visit the Health Promotion Suite at the Habif Health & Wellness Center.

Mental Health Services (MHS) 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 alcoholic families. All groups are led by members of the Mental Health Services staff.

On-line resources

Am I at risk? Do I need help? What if I am worried about a friend?


This Wash U Suicide Prevention Training Program is designed to help faculty, staff and students prevent suicide by teaching how to recognize risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide, how to identify people at risk for suicide, and how to respond and get help for people at risk.

Health Screenings on line

This free online screening for depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol use and post-traumatic stress disorder is made available to all Washington University students. The survey is taken anonymously and your results are confidential. The screening is provided so that you may quickly receive feedback about whether or not professional consultation is right for you. At the end of the survey you will be given the contact information necessary to set up a mental health appointment at SHS should you wish to do so. It should be noted that this screening tool is educational, not diagnostic. Regardless of your results you are welcome to set up an appointment using the SHS portal.


You can complete a self-assessment at ULifeline to learn insights about your current state of mind. The Self e-Valuator provides a valuable and objective perspective if or when you’re struggling with troubling thoughts.


SH101 covers a variety of college health issues including stress, sleep, nutrition, alcohol, unhealthy sexual practices, colds, flu, and more.  Notice the "WASHU" tab and click for posts by students and staff on the Danforth campus.

Go Ask Alice!

Go Ask Alice! is a health Q&A Internet resource from Columbia University. It provides readers with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.​​​​