The past year has been especially trying. Not only are we in the midst of a pandemic, but the economic fallout resulting from COVID-19, as well as systemic racism and civil unrest have wreaked havoc on the country. Our Counseling Services team, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have developed strategies and helpful resources during these times of intense change.

The U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued alerts related to the coronavirus respiratory illness. There are no reports of cases involving coronavirus disease COVID-19 on the UMSL campus. With questions or concerns, or to report symptoms as described by the CDC, please call student Health Services at 314.516.5671 or visit to schedule an appointment.

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♥♥♥  UMSL Health, Counseling and Disability Access Services joins the rest of our university community in expressing our care and concern for everyone who has been impacted by the difficult circumstances of the past weeks and months. At a time when we are collectively feeling the impact of a global pandemic, we are now facing the sadness, pain, frustration and anger of our nation’s longstanding history of systemic discrimination and racially motivated injustices. While the tragedies, most recently in Minneapolis and Atlanta, can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that tragedies like this are especially injurious to members of our African American community and other people of color. It is normal to experience a wide range of emotions when experiencing these events. Please know that we are committed to providing supportive care to all UMSL students, particularly those who have been impacted by these experiences.

We stand ready to provide sensitive and compassionate care for your physical and mental health needs. We currently provide limited in person services, but are readily available for secure and confidential virtual meetings with all clinical staff, as well as hosting weekly support group sessions. Additionally, we hope that the resources and services available on our website are of assistance. We sincerely invite you to contact us if you, or someone you know, needs support with coping and healing in these trying times. ♥♥♥


SURVIVING 2021 is a discussion group designed to support and assist UMSL students. The past year has been unprecedented for many reasons. From a global pandemic and a politically divided country to the painful reality of racial tensions in the US, many people are looking for a place to share reactions and relate to peers. An extension of our popular "Surviving 2020" group, "Surviving 2021" is an unstructured group where students can openly discuss the struggles they have faced throughout the past year, process emotions that come up, and gain support.

Counseling Services is offering this weekly meeting via Zoom. Sessions are held Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm. Please email Hannah Emery ( for information on how to join.

Health, Counseling & Disability Access Services is your one-stop shop for many of your medical and mental health needs. We're conveniently located on the lower level of the Millennium Student Center on UMSL's North Campus. We also offer accommodations to help bolster the learning experience for students with diagnosed disabilities.

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