Mental Health Services

Mental Health Service (MHS) is committed to providing a range of clinical services to help LSU students develop skills to cope effectively with emotional, interpersonal, and academic concerns. MHS primarily offers short-term therapy but provides referrals to the community when students need longer-term or more specialized services.  

Range of Services

During an Initial Consultation appointment, students have an opportunity to talk confidentially with a therapist about immediate concerns. The therapist will discuss with the student their reasons for seeking help and evaluate which services and resources may be helpful. Some students find that this consultation is sufficient to resolve immediate concerns. If further counseling support would be beneficial, recommendations are discussed for services at Mental Health Service (MHS) or in the local community, depending on personal needs.

Mental Health Service (MHS) offers individual therapy based on a short-term, developmental model, which emphasizes emotional growth through dealing with difficult life issues while also helping students maintain a necessary focus on academics. Students determine focused treatment goals with their therapist and may be encouraged to participate in psychoeducational seminars to reinforce coping skills.

A range of group therapy services are available to students including psychoeducational seminars, interpersonal process groups, and semi-structured groups on focused topics. 
                

seminars group therapy
Seminars Group Therapy

 

If a student experiences a mental health crisis, varying levels of support may be appropriate including consulting with an Mental Health Service (MHS) On-Call Crisis Counselor during MHS office hours, calling The PHONE (24-hour Crisis Counseling Hotline), or seeking emergency care. Students, faculty/staff, and parents can consult with the MHS On-Call Crisis Counselor by phone if uncertain about how to manage a crisis situation.
 
How can I help a student of concern?

What crisis services are available to meet my immediate needs?

Psychiatric consultation, evaluation, and medication management are provided by referral, based on an assessment of a student’s needs by a MHS (Mental Health Service) therapist. 
 

Are psychiatric services at MHS an appropriate fit for my needs?

Students may request assistance with referrals to community mental health providers by discussing specific needs with their Mental Health Service (MHS) therapist, or scheduling an appointment with the case manager.

Case Management Services

The Student Health Center hosts the Lighthouse Program to support students who have experienced interpersonal violence.

The Lighthouse Program

Students seeking treatment for eating disorders receive services from a multidisciplinary team of professionals including a mental health therapist, psychiatrist, physician, and dietitian. 

EDTT Brochure

 

Confidentiality 
All information that students share with trained mental health professionals at MHS remains confidential with a few specific exceptions (e.g., when a student represents a clear and present danger to themselves or others). Confidentiality is a basic requirement of trust in therapy and necessary to its success. Mental Health Service (MHS) files are maintained separately from educational records and not shared outside the Student Health Center. This confidentiality is safeguarded by our professional codes of conduct and by law.  

 

Celebrating Our Diversity
LSU Mental Health Service seeks to provide a safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all persons in our community. We strive to respect the dignity and worth of each individual that we serve. Further, it is our belief that diversity enlivens, challenges, and ultimately strengthens the human spirit, enhancing our resilience and ability to thrive individually and collectively.