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