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Mental Health

Welcome to Mental Health Services at Washington University in St. Louis. Our professional staff members work with students to resolve personal and interpersonal difficulties, many of which can affect their academic experience. These include conflicts with or worry about friends or family, concerns about eating or drinking patterns and feelings of anxiety and depression. Although some concerns are more frequent than others, students' experiences are as varied as the students themselves. Staff members help each person to figure out her or his own situation, through individual, group and couples’ counseling, crisis counseling and referrals.

Making an appointment

The first mental health appointment is an “intake” appointment where you discuss your concerns with a counselor or psychiatrist and explore options for what steps to take next. Your mental health professional will help you connect with ongoing support on- or off-campus.

The intake appointment must be scheduled by phone. To schedule your intake, call (314) 935-6666, option 2.

After the first appointment, you can schedule your visits online or by phone at (314) 935-6666, option 2.

Before your appointment

  • Mental Health Services are available to help with urgent situations seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Same-day appointments are available for students experiencing a crisis.
  • The first "intake" counseling appointment is generally available within a week of your call. The waiting period for an intake appointment increases during the latter half of each semester. In this appointment, you may discuss your concerns with a counselor and explore options for what steps to take next.
  • In the interest of best serving students during periods of peak demand, students wishing to be evaluated for Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) may only schedule assessments until November 1 for the fall semester and April 1 for the spring semester. Please note that available appointment slots may fill up several weeks in advance of these deadlines.
  • Your conversations with our staff members are confidential. See your Patient Rights and Responsibilities and read the HIPAA Information to learn more about how your medical records and information are handled.

Psychiatric consultation

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and medical treatment of mood, anxiety and learning disorders. Physical conditions may often mimic psychiatric disorders. MHS psychiatrists will confer with medical staff and provide comprehensive care to the student. Medications are prescribed when indicated and are monitored carefully. Call (314) 935-6666, option 2 to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist.

Referring a student to services off campus

Often, students can benefit most with help from other people or agencies. The Mental Health Services staff works to keep abreast of these resources. Every effort is made to find appropriate referrals and help the student make contact with them.