Provident and Washington University Partner to Provide 24-Hour Mental Health Access to Students


Announcing the Habif Health and Wellness Center After Hours Helpline

Provident, a mental healthcare organization with a 159 year history, is pleased to announce that they have formed a new partnership with Washington University in St. Louis. The two organizations, both based in St. Louis, are teaming up to provide mental health access to students through an after-hours helpline.

“Provident’s crisis call center experience spans over 55 years. We are well-positioned to help students in their times of need. This partnership is focused on one goal: Providing quality crisis support to students. Hats off to Washington University for expanding their community leadership and adding an additional layer of support to its students.” said Provident CEO Kevin Drollinger.

Washington University students are currently offered physical and mental health support through the Habif Health and Wellness Center, located on the Danforth Campus. The partnership with Provident will ensure students have a continuous source of mental health support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“Washington University in St. Louis is excited to offer this service. College students on all campuses have a lot of stressors, including being away from home for the first time, academic and financial pressure, and relationship challenges. Washington University wants to remove barriers and give its students every opportunity to succeed,” said Dr. Thomas Brounk, Director, Mental Health Services-Habif Health and Wellness Center at Washington University.

According to the October 2018 issue of The Journal of American College Health, research conducted on the mental health of college students has shown an alarming increase in anxiety, depression, and panic attacks among this age group over the past decade. The good news is, young people reported that they are more likely to seek help.

Another survey, conducted online by the Healthy Minds Study, found that while these mental health issues as well as suicidal ideation have all increased dramatically, the decrease in stigma surrounding mental health care and an increased rate of treatment are both following positive trends.

About Provident

Serving the St. Louis Area since 1860, Provident is an accredited, nonprofit, United Way-funded agency that builds brighter futures through exceptional behavioral health services, especially for those with the greatest need. They served nearly 81,000 clients last year in the St. Louis region, throughout Missouri, and in all 50 states.

About Washington University in St. Louis

Established in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis is an internationally known research university that consistently ranks among the top universities in the country. The student body is comprised of nearly 13,000 students.

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