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It’s Mid-term Time...Please Take Care of Yourself!

Dear Billiken Companions, 

Mid-terms are stressful in a normal time. Mid-terms added to the stress of a viral pandemic, systemic racism, political tensions, and economic challenges -- that’s even more stress. And the coping strategies and support systems we typically rely on look different right now.

As you study for and take exams, write papers, develop presentations, and prepare performances, we want to remind you to take care of yourself during this time. Get a little more sleep, drink a little more water, exercise your body as a way to balance out the exercise your mind is getting.

We also encourage you to ask for help if you feel you need some extra support. Talk to a friend, an RA, or a staff or faculty member. Connect with the University Counseling Center, the Dean of Students Office, or Campus Ministry. 

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 9-1-1, call DPS (314-977-3000), or text “HOME” to the national Crisis Text Line 741741 for immediate support. 

In the coming weeks, you’ll be hearing more from us about work the SGA Mental Health Task Force has been doing, about new investments in mental health resources the University has been making, and much more. In the meantime, we want you to know we are working together to enhance support for mental health and well-being for all SLU students. (And if you have suggestions for the Mental Health Task Force, feel free to email the co-chairs, daniel.oconnell@slu.edu and sophie.mueller@slu.edu.) 

Hang in there, Billikens. You’ve got this! And remember: mid-terms are only one point in the academic term. However you do on them, those grades don’t define you. You are more valuable than any letter grade on an any exam or assignment.

We’re here for you.

Debra Rudder Lohe, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Interim Vice President for Student Development

Sophie Mueller (she/her/hers)
Class of 2021 and Co-Chair of SGA Mental Health Task Force

Dan O’Connell (he/him/his)
Class of 2022 and Co-Chair of SGA Mental Health Task Force