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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.

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, fitness/nutrition, mental health, sexual health, and basic self-care. You can read about these and more in Health Topics.

Popular health promotion efforts include:

  • ​Alcohol and other Drugs Awareness​ Week
  • “Dine with the Dietitian” 
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Program
  • “Sex in the Dark” program 
  • Free STI (sexually transmitted infection) Screening Days in the DUC
  • Stressbusters
  • Stress Free Zones 
​If you would like to learn more about any of these topics, contact us or visit us at the Habif Health and Wellness Center or in the Zenker Wellness Suite in the Sumers Recreation 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 WashU Suicide Prevention Training Program is designed to help faculty, staff and students prevent suicide by teaching them how to recognize warning signs of suicide, and how to respond to people at risk.

Health Screenings

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.


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.​​​​​