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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

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!!

The Wellness Center staff is working remotely from our homes, following the directives of our administration to comply with all safety measures to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  We continue to work to provide continuity of care for all of our students.  Please note resources specific to responding to COVID-19 are posted on this page, the Health Services page, and on the Counseling Services page as well. Our goal is to help you, our students, with as much care as we can during this transition to remote learning. 

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

Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  We are maintaining our business hours; you can reach our staff through office phones while we work remotely. 

Phone number: 513-244-4949          Fax number: 513-244-4594

Counselors are available to our students and are currently taking new clients; however, our counseling licensing jurisdictions do not extend beyond the state of Ohio.  

For student residing in Ohio, we are able to provide Tele Behavioral Health through a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform included in the TAO: Therapy Assistance Online.  If you would like to make an appointment with a counselor, contact Patsy.Schwaiger@msj.edu or James.Braga@msj.edu.    A counselor continues to be on call for urgent issues at 513-807-2516. 

View more information on our Counseling Services page

Until further notice, our Nurse Manager and our Doctors will not be on campus.  Please contact 513-244-4408 if you need assistance. 
 
During June and July, Health Service is open on a limited basis.  Our nurse manager is in the office 2 days a week and can be reached at 513-244-4408 or Amy.Demko@msj.edu

 
Nurse Hours: Available by telehealth appointment: contact Amy.Demko@msj.edu
There is no charge to visit the nurse. The nurse is available on a walk-in basis during regular business hours, as available.

Doctor Hours (during academic year):  
Monday 10am – 1pm (must have appointment on Mondays)
Tuesdays 12-1pm, Wednesdays 12-1pm, Fridays 12-1pm (appointments preferred)
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 244-4408.
 

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, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 244-4371 patsy.schwaiger@msj.edu
FAX, Wellness Center 244-4594  
Braga, James Licensed Independent Social Worker 244-4738 james.braga@msj.edu
Demko, Amy Health Services Manager, Registered Nurse 244-4408 amy.demko@msj.edu
Metzger, Ray Physician 244-4769  
Okragly, Rick Team Physician 244-4769 rick.okragly@msj.edu
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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. 

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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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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.

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

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Online screening and resources for mental health.!

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In Crisis.....now you can also text for help!

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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.

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

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

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

Check out these links to get tips on the importance of sleep hygiene!

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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. 

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Tips for improving mental health through sleep hygiene. 

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COVID-19 Testing Sites in Hamilton County and Mandatory Reporting Form
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Resources related to addressing ways to cope during a time of racial unrest... and additional resources to further knowledge and awareness of institutionalized racism. 

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This tip sheet provides information about social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.  It also describes feelings and thoughts you may be experiencing and suggests ways to care for your emotional health and provides general resources for you to access for more help. 

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Some more tips for managing test anxiety....

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Most of us have some anxiety around taking tests....find some ways to manage your own test anxiety in this article. 

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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:

http://www.msj.edu/student-life/public-safety-campus-police/ 

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Top ten free apps for your android or iPhone to help you stay emotionally healthy!
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Concerned about a student? Check this chart to determine what kind of help to get!

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Tips for helping a student in crisis with referral resources.

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

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