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Mission Statement

The Wellness Center of Mount St. Joseph University espouses a holistic approach to the ongoing process of human development. The Center is committed to providing a safe environment that advocates, educates, and encourages the physical, spiritual, and psychological well-being of the Mount students. We are a Safe Zone for all students.

Wellness Center hours and contact information

Location: Jean Patrice Harrington  Student Center, First Floor, track level

Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Our phone number is 513-244-4949.

Our fax number is 513-244-4594.

Counseling Service is open Monday through Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

There is no charge to see a counselor. For an appointment, call 244-4949. Walk-ins are also welcome during regular business hours.

View more information on our Counseling Services

Health Service is open Monday through Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Nurse Hours: By appointment or walk-in
There is no charge to visit the nurse. The nurse is available by appointment or on a walk-in basis during regular business hours. For an appointment to see the nurse, call 244-4769.

Doctor Hours: By appointment
Sports Medicine: Monday 10:00am-1:00pm
Internal Medicine: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 12:00-1:00pm
Fee: $15.00 (this can be charged to your student account), and your insurance will not be billed.
For an appointment to see the doctor, call 244-4769.

View more information on our Health Services

Privacy Statement

Mount St. Joseph University's Wellness Center is committed to safeguarding the privacy of its students. Although the Wellness Center and its staff do not transmit any personal health information (PHI) through this website or by electronic means, it is our policy to be in compliance with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Copies of our "Notice of Privacy Practices" (NPP) are given to all students receiving health or counseling services. The NPP can be obtained at our reception area in the Wellness Center Office or by calling (513) 244-4408.
Schwaiger Willig, Patsy Director 244-4371
FAX, Wellness Center 244-4594  
Bechtol, Natalie Medical Assistant 244-4769
Braga, James Counselor, Licensed Social Worker 244-4738
Demko, Amy Health Services Manager 244-4408
Metzger, Ray Physician 244-4769  
Okragly, Rick Team Physician 244-4769
Sacksteder, Rick Counselor 244-4855
Welge, Peggy Administrative Assistant 244-4949
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As you scout out possible colleges for your academic program, consider your health and well-being and the resources available on a campus for your success.  

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SET TO GO! is a Jed Foundation Resource Guide for parents and students searching for college.  Emotional well being is important to success in college and/or career.  This website give valuable tips and resources for you as a parent or as a prospective student. 

Suicide Prevention Resources
UlifeLine (Viewed: 422 times)
Ulifeline will connect you to information about stress, mental health issues and other information that will help you succeed in college. If you click on the "Self-Evaluator" tab at the top of the main page you will be able to assess yourself for issues that could keep you from staying well: alcohol/substance use, depression, PTSD, eating/body image issues, etc.
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Ask and Prevent Suicide Smartphone App (Viewed: 198 times)

The ASK About Suicide to Save a Life app provides useful information to use as an educational resource as well as a crisis intervention resource for suicide prevention. Used in over 80 countries, this app is based on the best practices ASK suicide prevention training program. This app is based upon the Best Practice designated ASK About Suicide to Save a LIfe training program developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services and Mental Health America of Texas.

A Friend Asks .... Smartphone app (Viewed: 249 times)

Provides information for warning signs for suicide risk and how to get help.

Mental Health Screening and Resources (Viewed: 248 times)

Online screening and resources for mental health.!

Crisis Text Line (Viewed: 175 times)

In you can also text for help!

Social Services in Tristate Area: Food, Housing, etc.

This link from the Cincinnati Public Library takes you to a comprehensive list for social services in the tri-state area

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This website contains a comprehensive list for many social services in the Tri-state area.

Self Care
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Tuck Sleep Foundation is a non-profit community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.

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Sleep is important for you emotional health.  This website provides information regarding the correlation between sleep hygiene and anxiety disorders. 

For Veterans
A resource for Veterans and for those who love them.
Veteran Resources (Viewed: 568 times)

Save A Warrior is a scalable, community resiliency model (CRM) for healing trauma.

US Military Matters (Viewed: 585 times)

This website offers free online mental health training for service men and women, their families and providers.

PTSD Awareness video (Viewed: 97 times)

A great resource through the Ohio National Guard (OHIOcares). 

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Staying Safe at the Mount....
Sexual Violence Brochure: Rights, Responsibilities, Resources (.pdf, 705K)

Download this brochure to get information regarding your rights and responsibilities should you encounter sexual violence at the Mount. The brochure also lists both on and off campus resources.  The Mount's updated Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct can be located on the following link: 

Free Apps!
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Concerned about a student? Check this chart to determine what kind of help to get!

Recognizing and Responding to a Student in Crisis (.pdf, 665K)

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Health Insurance Resources
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Wellness, Health and Safety Committee

Wellness, Health and Safety Committee    


Charge: To promote a campus climate that encourages wellness through a holistic approach to programming emphasizing individuals making health choices and decreasing high risk behaviors that may impede academic success.

In order to meet federal compliance requirements of The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, (34 DVR, Part 86) and the Violence Against Women’s Act, the Committee designs and implements holistic, prevention programming for students focused on all dimensions of Wellness. The committee membership is divided into three sub-committees responsible for policy review and outreach program implementation and assessment that will promote optimal health for the campus community.

  1. Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use,
  2. Campus safety including sexual violence and
  3. Other dimensions of Wellness
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Biennial Review 2016-2018 (.pdf, 5200K)

A review of our ATOD policies and programming as required by the Drug Free Schools Act. 

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