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Wellness Center

Our mission is to promote academic and personal success by providing students with the information, services, and mental health resources they need to have a healthy, enriching experience at SLU-Madrid.

At the Wellness 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 and that will enhance their personal and emotional well-being. Students may also participate in wellness activities on campus that encourage healthy lifestyles, such as stress management, coping skills and self-care activities, or other psychoeducational programs designed to address common mental health issues and concerns among college students.

The counselors at the Wellness Center work closely with the Department of Student Life to coordinate services for students on both a campus and an individual level, such as health promotion activities, wellness checks, suicide prevention, alcohol and drug awareness programs, or other health services required by students that may benefit from a collaborative effort between Wellness Center and Student Life staff, such as addiction or eating disorders.

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Management

The counselors at the Wellness Center provide outreach to students who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.  We aim to provide continuity of care for all students in crisis, and we work closely with the Student Life staff and our off-campus mental health providers to identify and support students in need of crisis intervention in order to coordinate the successful management and resolution of any psychiatric crisis.

  • SLU-Madrid's Counseling Emergency number is +34 609 269 323. 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.
  •  Wellness Center counselors are confidential resources, which means that students who have been victims of a sexual assault or other type of assault or misconduct can consult with a Wellness Center counselor in a confidential manner.  The Wellness counselors will provide support, discuss how to report these cases to the Spanish authorities and within the SLU-Madrid Community Standards procedures if the incident took place between registered students. They will also provide information about the resources available in Madrid and at SLU-Madrid for victims of sexual assault police report, STD testing, etc.

Mental Health Services

Students in need of mental health services will be referred to Sinews Multilingual Therapy Institute, a private clinic off-campus for both psychiatry and psychotherapy services with a bilingual, licensed mental health professional.

SLU-Madrid students who are currently enrolled in classes at the Madrid campus are eligible for six free sessions with a psychologist, or one free evaluation with the psychiatrist. After these sessions, students will be expected to cover the cost of any additional sessions at Sinews MTI. There is a discounted rate for all services at Sinews MTI for SLU-Madrid students.

SLU-Madrid strongly recommends that students with pre-existing mental health conditions and/or students who anticipate the need for regular mental health services plan for extra health care expenses prior to their arrival in Madrid. English-speaking mental health providers in Spain are scarce; they often only available through the private health care sector on a fee-for-service basis. 

It is recommended that students purchase additional insurance in their home countries (example: GeoBlue, HTH health insurance) that will cover or reimburse them for private, out-of-network mental health services. 

Note: the student medical insurance, Sanitas, does not reimburse for mental health services at Sinews or with providers outside of the Sanitas network. Students should budget accordingly for these services (approximately 70-80 euros for a psychotherapy session, 100-120 euros for a session with a psychiatrist) to ensure they have access to regular mental health care once they have used the six free sessions provided by SLU-Madrid.

To obtain a referral and the first-time voucher for this service, students should fill out a request for a consultation appointment with a Wellness Center counselor.