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Comprehensive wellness to help you reach your full potential

Students face a variety of demands. Along with juggling school, work, family and social life, other concerns like chronic stress, relationship issues, homesickness, loss of loved ones or depression can make college life even more challenging.

We understand these challenges and can help you navigate through them. The Counseling and Wellness office at Fontbonne is dedicated helping you stay healthy, happy and focused by providing a variety of resources for overall wellness.


The Counseling and Wellness office is staffed with licensed clinical social workers and professional counselors who provide free brief mental health counseling to Fontbonne students, roommates and couples.* 

Our counselors maintain confidentiality according to ethical and legal obligations mandated by the State of Missouri. We also provide referrals to off-campus counseling and other resources upon request.

*Both parties must be Fontbonne students to enroll in couples’ counseling.

Counseling sessions are available to current Fontbonne students. Sessions are by appointment only and can be made by email,, or phone, Therese Jacques, Director, 314-889-1434. Located in Ryan Hall 103

Free Online Mental Health Screening Info

ULifeline is a confidential, online resource center for college student mental health and emotional well being. Explore ULifeline to find answers to your questions about mental health, learn the signs and symptoms of emotional problems, take the mental health assessment Self E-valuator and find services on your campus.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255. (Please note: if you call this number from a phone with an out-of-state number, you will be routed to a crisis support center local to that area code.)

Substance Abuse Resources is a tool that helps students take steps toward a more healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. SYR helps individuals learn about addiction, recognize signs of a problem, and find local support and treatment. Visitors to the site can also hear stories from their peers who have overcome substance abuse challenges.

Additional Resources

College Drinking and Alcohol Related Statistics

Did you know that there are a number of issues, deaths, and injuries from alcohol-related incidents at colleges each year? Understanding the consequences of drinking, learning different strategies for prevention and intervention, and knowing the policies at colleges can help you make safe and responsible decisions.

Crisis Text Hotline

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:

  1. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
  2. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
  3. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Following screening, you will be provided with information, resources and tools to discuss the results with a provider.

Love is Respect (1-866-331-9474)

Engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673)

Access live chat:

Missouri 2-1-1

A fast, free and confidential way to get help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you call, you’ll talk to a trained referral specialist. Dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-427-4626 if calling from Illinois or your cell phone) or visit the website at

Additionally, you can locate St. Louis area resources through Google, Yahoo or other search engines. For example, if you are looking for hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri, type Hospitals + St. Louis, MO into the search window to generate relevant internet listings.

Safe Connections (314-531-2003)

Trained advocates provide a variety of services (individual counseling, group counseling, educational opportunities) and referrals for those “who have experienced rape, domestic or dating abuse (physical, sexual or emotional), sex trafficking, and/or childhood sexual abuse.”

Show Me Hope Missouri

Show Me Hope is Missouri’s crisis counseling program (CCP) in response to a disaster or critical event. Counselors are based in the local community to teach coping and stress management skills to anyone dealing with the anxiety and uncertainty caused by the event. The CCP helps individuals and communities recover from natural and human-caused disasters through community outreach and access to resources including mental health services.

The Trevor Project (1-866-488-7386)

Leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ)

Text START to 678-678.

YWCA of Metro St. Louis, 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline (314-531-7272)

Volunteer advocates can speak to victims, meet a victim at a local hospital, and/or assist a victim with making a police report.

Behavioral Health Response (BHR): 314-469-6644 or 1-800-811-4760

Life Crisis Services: 314-647-4357

Grassroots Suicide Hotline:  1-800-422-0009

National Hopeline Hotline (English and Spanish): 1-800-784-2433

First Call for Help Hotline (English and Spanish): 1-800-492-0618

RAINN (National Sexual Assault Hotline): 1-800-656-4673


Because health and wellness are directly related to academic success, we provide resources and activities for students throughout the academic year, including the Student Health and Wellness Fair and discounted on-campus fitness classes like yoga and circuit training.

Spiritual Wellness

Fontbonne’s Campus Ministry department provides many resources to enhance students’ spiritual wellness and to encourage spiritual growth and development. 


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