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Health Education and Awareness

If you have a question related to your health, from filling a prescription to finding a yoga class in your neighborhood, Saint Louis University staff is ready to help you find the answer or connect you to a health professional who can help you. SLU-Madrid’s Counseling Center is also available to help with mental-health issues.

Alcohol and Drug Education

SLU-Madrid's Student Life staff work closely with faculty and staff to foster a campus culture that emphasizes responsible decision-making as it relates to alcohol and drugs. We also support a campus culture that embraces the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and that emphasizes reduction in harm and negative outcomes for students. We provide programs that emphasize responsible choices and offer alcohol-free alternative programs for students who choose not to drink.

SLU-Madrid's Counseling Services are a resource to assist with a variety of health concerns that can connect to substance abuse or misuse issues. For more information, the Student Development Office in St. Louis has resources that to raise student awareness about the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.

Suicide Prevention

SLU-Madrid's Counseling Emergency number is 609-269-323. This number will connect you to a highly trained, compassionate counselor at Sinews Multilingual Therapy Institute at any time of day or night.

If you need more information about suicide or suicide prevention, consider participating in Saint Louis University's Ask, Listen, Refer training program, designed for all students, faculty and staff of the Saint Louis University community to help prevent suicide.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders — such as anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder — include extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for men and women.

If you are concerned for a friend or for yourself, SLU-Madrid's Counseling Services can help arrange for an initial assessment to determine if there is an eating disorder.

Pregnancy

Registered students have access to pregnancy tests through their Sanitas health coverage.

In case of an unexpected pregnancy, you may contact SLU-Madrid Counseling Services or call the Spanish Unexpected Pregnancy Help Line for free at 900 500 505. This help line will put you in touch with a network of more than 40 different entities in Madrid who will provide you help from counseling services to a whole year of accommodation and resources for you and your baby.

Look up this network at Red de Apoyo a Jóvenes Embarazadas de la Comunidad de Madrid or visit embarazoinesperado.com if you are in Spain but do not live in the Community of Madrid.

Counseling Services

At the SLU-Madrid Counseling Center, students can consult with a counselor regarding a personal or mental health issue of concern.  Counselors will help students identify the issue, and any campus or community services that may be available and useful for the student.  Students in need of mental health services will be referred to an off-campus private clinic (Sinews Multilingual Therapy Institute) for both psychiatry and psychotherapy services with a bilingual, licensed mental health professional.  

Students who are referred are eligible for six free sessions with a psychologist or two free sessions with the psychiatrist. After this, students will be expected to cover the cost of any additional sessions at Sinews (SLU-Madrid students may take advantage of a discounted rate for all services at Sinews MTI).

To make an appointment for a consultation with a counselor, please send a request to counselingcenter-madrid@slu.edu. Please include your class schedule in the email request in order to facilitate the appointment process.  Please do not include any personal or confidential information in email correspondence with the SLU-Madrid Counseling Center, as this is not a confidential means of communication.  

In case of a counseling emergency or mental health crisis, you may call the Counseling Emergency number at 609-269-323, 24 hours a day.

Counseling Center Staff

  • Laurie Mazzuca, Ph.D., director, Counseling Services
  • Eduardo Fernández-Cruz, Ph.D., counselor
  • Paloma Gómez de Salazar, counselor