The Saint Louis University Wellness Initiative was developed based on the understanding that each of us consists of a body, mind and soul, all of which require care and nourishment. When one area of a person's life is out of balance, all areas are affected. Neglect of any of these vital aspects of self may lead to difficulties in finding success and fulfillment as a student and a member of the SLU community.
Browse through this site to explore ways you can develop all six dimensions of wellness (emotional, physical, intellectual, social, occupational, spiritual) with the goal of achieving greater personal wellness.
Please note: If this is a medical emergency please call 911 immediately. If you are in immediate danger please call 911.
Students should know that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college students, and the main reason is untreated depression.
There are more than 1,100 suicides on U.S. college campuses every year. According to the American Psychological Association, depression as a college illness has increased about 10 percent over the last 10 years.
Some common signs of depression are:
If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms please reach out for help:
Or reach out to an RA or Residence Hall staff member on campus.
You may also contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
For more information check out these websites or call the University Counseling Center:
A Suicide Prevention Workshop called C(QLC), Compassionate Questioning, Learning and Connecting, will be offered monthly on campus and can also be requested for your department or organization.
Studies have shown that as many as 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will experience sexual assault in their lifetime (USDOJ). The college environment presents many opportunities for sexual assault to occur. Read on to learn more about sexual assault and how to prevent it from happening on our campus.
Facts on Sexual Assault
What is Consent?
It's pretty simple. Yes means Yes. A verbal yes or an enthusiastic physical response may warrant consent.
Here is when consent cannot be given:
And remember, consent for one sexual activity does not imply consent for all sexual activities.
Risk Reduction and Bystander Tips
Check out this video on stepping up and being an active bystander to stop sexual assault. Trigger warning: Some of the content may be triggering.
College students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide. Young people (ages 18 to 24) are already at a heightened risk of addiction, and those who are enrolled in a full-time college program are twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
The aim of this section is to give you the right information so you can make healthy, informed decisions regarding alcohol and drug use.
Things to Consider Before Consuming Alcohol or Drugs
Facebook, Instagram, Movies, TV. They often show people partying, having the time of their lives, meeting a partner, dancing, all while consuming large amounts of alcohol. What they don't show is the reality- binge drinking (see below for definition) and heavy alcohol use can lead to serious consequences:
what the media shows
what the media doesn't show
First, if you are under 21 in the United States it is illegal to drink alcohol. On campus, if found to be drinking, you could face sanctions for violating University policies.
What is a drink?
The size of a container is not the best way to measure "a" drink. To make lower risk choices and to try to avoid negative consequences as a result of drinking choices, you need to know what common servings of alcohol look like.
Drinks that are the size of the above measurements are a little more than the average amount of alcohol that the body can metabolize in one hour. So generally speaking, your body can metabolize one drink per hour. Shots are drinks too- every shot you take counts as a drink- keep this in mind when drinking.
What is BAC or Blood Alcohol Concentration?
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is a measure of the percentage of alcohol in the bloodstream. A BAC of .20 means 2 drops of alcohol for 1,000 drops of blood. It is important to understand the factors that affect BAC and how the effects of drinking alcohol vary among individuals. Keep in mind that the impairment experienced at any blood alcohol level is dependent on one's tolerance to alcohol. Tolerance is a measure of how sensitive a person is to alcohol's effects. The higher our tolerance, the less able we are to tell when we are impaired. Therefore, those with a low tolerance to alcohol will notice effects at lower BACs, while those with a higher tolerance will notice them somewhat later.
What is binge drinking? NIAAA defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men-in about 2 hours. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which conducts the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), defines binge drinking as drinking 5 or more alcoholic drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
If you choose to go out and drink, follow these tips to stay safe:
For more information see: http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/OtherAlcoholInformation/factsAboutAlcoholPoisoning.aspx
The Gordie Foundation, The NIAAA
DrugsMarijuana, "study drugs", pain killers, and ecstasy (also known as MDMA) are the most common drugs abused by college students. All of these drugs are risky to take, including prescription drugs (when they are not prescribed to you).
Check out the resources below to learn more about the risk and consequences of these drugs.
What IS Mental Health?
Generally, good mental health involves having a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self esteem. Those with good mental health generally have a positive outlook on life and keep balanced, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Good mental health enables us to fully enjoy and appreciate other people, day-to-day life and our environment.
How can we improve our mental health?
What might trigger a mental health crisis?
College can be very stressful and might be the first time you've had to deal with new and difficult concerns:
You are not alone!
There are many resources on and off campus to assist you if any of these concerns arise. Reach out to a counselor at the University Counseling Center directly or one of your coaches or an athletics staff member can help guide you. The University Counseling Center provides free counseling services as well as a variety of educational programs for all Saint Louis University students.
We believe in a basic truth about wellness - when you feel well, in mind, body and spirit, you function well. Unfortunately, things don't always go as smoothly as you would like and even little things (and sometimes big ones) can get in the way of doing well and feeling your best.
The direct line to the University Counseling Center during normal business hours is (314) 977-7192. Appointments are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (occasionally, there may be later appointment times available). A counselor is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and can be reached at (314) 977-8255 for a medical or mental health emergency. Please do not hesitate to call.
What if I think my friend needs help?
It's definitely not unusual to get a little anxious and stressed out while trying to balance school, work and relationships - so it can be tough to tell if a friend is just dealing with the everyday challenges of life or struggling with a larger problem. A friend in trouble might need professional help to develop better coping and stress management skills, or they may be dealing with illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders that generally require attention and treatment.
Sometimes a decline in emotional health can lead to isolation and the person suffering may become very secretive in order to hide the problem. If you see a friend "drop off the face of the earth" or behave unusually, it could be a sign of a problem. It is important to try to make contact so you can assess if any warning signs are present. This PDF covers many of the early signs that go hand in hand with common mental health issues experienced by college students.
*Important* If you believe a peer is in need of mental health attention, please reach out to a counselor at the University Counseling Center, an RA, a Campus Minister, or the Dean of Students office. Do not attempt to deal with a difficult mental health situation without the support of trained professionals. And remember, offering support/getting help is the best thing you can do for someone you care about.
Remember, you are not alone at SLU. If you, or a friend, are in need of help please do not hesitate to call any of these resources:
University Counseling Center 314-977-TALK.
Student Health Center 314-977-2323
SLU Wellness 314-977-6358
Healthy Relationships: 5 Key Components
How I feel about myself. When I have positive self-esteem, I can accept feedback from others. When I respect my own thoughts, feelings, and needs, I can balance them with the feelings and needs of my friends and partners.
How I express myself with others. In relationships, good communication involves the ability to share feelings and ideas. It also involves being a good listener. It is important to be aware of our words, thoughts, and gestures-even when we disagree with others.
All relationships have rules that help us connect with each other. Agreeing to be respectful, honest, and accountable as friends or as partners helps build and maintain trust in relationships.
We each have many relationships or links with others. Examples include links in our community, our school, and with our family. No single relationship should isolate us from other relationships.
Relationships involve "give and take" on both sides. When one person is always giving and the other is always receiving, it is likely that one person will develop more power or control in the relationship. Healthy relationships work towards a balance.
Your Relationship is Healthy If...
Signs of An Abusive Relationship
The following is a list of warnings signs for potentially abusive relationships. They are presented as guidelines and cues to pay attention to, not as judgments on the worth of the other person.
Exercise, Good Nutrition and Plenty of Sleep are all part of a great self care routine. All of these practices help every aspect of your life: your academics, your physical health, your skin health, your relationships, and more. There are so many benefits to taking care of yourself, but when you come to college sometimes it is hard to stay on track. Follow these tips to be the best you!
According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, healthy adults should get a minimum of 2-1/2 hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or a minimum of 1-1/4 hours per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or a combination of the two, in addition to 2 days of muscle strengthening a week. ( Ideally this would be a graphic- like a Colored rectangle with this info in there)
Make sure you create time in your schedule specifically for exercise. Remember, the habits you create now will stick with you when you get older. Make exercise a part of your routine now!
There are many ways you can get your exercise in on campus:
Need more ideas? Email email@example.com
In addition to the numerous physical benefits, here are 5 reasons you should be exercising:
*Information sourced from www.aiuniv.com
Check out Simon Rec's website http://www.slu.edu/simon-recreation-center
Developing healthy eating habits and maintaining a healthy diet in college can be challenging. Pizza, candy, and other junk food are everywhere, or you might sleep in late and miss breakfast. But how, what and when you eat affects more than just your weight, it also impacts the way you feel emotionally and can impact your memory and grades.
Poor nutrition can cause:
Five Tips on Healthy Eating
*Information taken from Ulifeline.org
Worried you or a friend is struggling with an eating disorder? Call the University Counseling Center at 314-977-7192
Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep daily to reach their full potential. Here is why:
Here are some healthy sleep tips:
Link to this article http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14723/12-tips-to-sleep-soundly-every-night.html
What is this program about?
The foundation of our Peer Education Program is based upon research that shows that peers educating peers is the most effective form of education on many sensitive or personal topics. This method allows for students to gain responsibility and leadership experience within their community while engaging their peers and educating the campus at large on many topics surrounding health and wellness. We focus on several major topics: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention, Sexual Health & Sexual Assault Prevention, General Wellness (self care, sleep, stress, exercise), and Alcohol & Drug Awareness, and we actively strive to educate with a holistic approach to the college experience supported by a strong Bystander Intervention model. Our program strives to empower others with educational programming that is both necessary and important, but maintains the fun and exciting college experience. In short, peer education is the enhancement of our university community by students and for students.
Peer Educators do classroom presentations, plan and implement fun events on campus and bring in nationally known speakers.
Who are the peer educators?
1st year students. Graduate students. Transfer students. Commuter students. Seniors. Anyone and everyone imaginable can be a part of this group! We are composed of like-minded and focused campus leaders who wish to make the SLU community a healthy community . Whether you are a veteran campus leader, or if this is your first college-level involvement, SLU Wellness Peer Education has the perfect niche for you!
Why we do what we do
The college experience is as variable as one chooses to make it. However, one thing remains constant among students: the opportunity to work, live, and learn in a safe and healthy community. Therefore, it is our goal with SLU Wellness and Peer Education to continually challenge the student body to provide a safe and healthy community that promotes equity and understanding while fostering personal development.
How you can do it too
If you are interested in joining our team there are many ways to gather more information! Come to a Wellness Resource Fair, attend a SLU Wellness sponsored program or speaker, stop by our office (Wuller 212A), send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, find us on Facebook, or just talk to one of our current peer educators!
Learn this five-step approach to Step UP! and intervene when someone around you is in need.
What is bystander intervention? Bystander intervention is a straightforward concept that simply means that in any given situation, there are people who may observe what is happening and be in a position to prevent an incident. Actions can be small, like asking a friend to stop making sexist jokes. Actions can be on a larger scale, like organizing an educational program for campus that helps facilitate understanding about sexual assault. It might also mean intervening or getting help if you see a troubling situation among friends or even strangers.
For more information on bystander intervention, click here. And if you want to get more involved...become a peer educator!
Simon Recreation Center is located just south-east
of the Center for Global Citizenship
Contact: Arathi Srikanta, program director