Counseling and Wellness

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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.

Counseling

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.* We also offer special programs for families.

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.

Schedule a Counseling Appointment

Counseling appointments are available to current Fontbonne students. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 314 889 4516 or counselingappts@fontbonne.edu for more information.

Community and Online Resources

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 www.211missouri.org.

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.

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.)

Crisis Text Hotline

Free support at your fingertips, 24/7

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.

Substance Abuse Resources

StartYourRecovery.org 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

Wellness

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. 

Services For Families

The Counseling and Wellness department at Fontbonne offers two programs to assist student families.

First-Year Family Transitions Program

Family support can be very important to college students. Fontbonne offers the First-Year Family Transitions (FYFT) program to help families work together to ease the transition from high school to college and from home life to campus life and to promote students’ success.

While FYFT is beneficial for all incoming freshman families, it can be especially helpful for the following:

  • Families struggling with or anxious about their student beginning college and/or leaving home
  • Families of students who may be prone to homesickness
  • Families of students who may have struggled academically or socially in high school
  • Families of students who are entering with pre-existing mental health or other issues

The program includes a free family support session with Claudia Charles, PhD, LCSW, Director of Counseling and Wellness at Fontbonne University. Claudia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with sixteen years of counseling experience in higher education and doctoral-level training in family counseling. During the session, families will receive referral information for family counseling providers in the community.

For more information or to schedule a session, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Sessions take place in the Student Affairs Division, located on the first floor of the Medaille Hall building. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Evening hours may be arranged as needed.

Family Strategies and Support Program

At one time or another, most families deal with hardships and loss; unfortunately, these difficulties can hinder a student’s college performance. For any student family dealing with a serious hardship or loss, Fontbonne offers a free support session to help families cope together.

Sessions are conducted with Claudia Charles, PhD, LCSW, Director of Counseling and Wellness at Fontbonne University. Claudia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with sixteen years of counseling experience in higher education and doctoral-level training in family counseling. During the session, families will receive referral information for family counseling providers in the community.

For more information or to schedule a session, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Sessions take place in the Student Affairs Division, located on the first floor of the Medaille Hall building. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Evening hours may be arranged as needed.

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