St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Wellness Center has recently adopted new ways to reach students with various health needs. The Wellness Center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays and services are free to students.
Director of the Wellness Center, Laurie Scherer remarks, “The Wellness Center offers mental health counseling, psychiatric medication management, health care, health promotion/education, and sexual assault advocacy.” Three student groups work with the Wellness Center: The Peer Health Educators (PHEs) provider health promotion and education on campus and offer peer counseling during walk-in hours.” In addition, the Sexual Misconduct Advocacy and Resource Team (SMART) provides a 24 hour line (301-904-2015) to support students who would like to talk to a trained student advocate.
All services at the Wellness Center are confidential and counselors and professionals take their ethical responsibility to protect student health information very seriously. When members of any of the Wellness Center student groups are offering sexual misconduct support or peer counseling they are confidential and protect student privacy.
However, the Wellness Center does not offer emergency, urgent health care or specialty care. The center can help students with minor injuries and illnesses and can always provide education and assessment with referrals to appropriate services as necessary. They offer some services specifically for college students. Sports physicals for club sports are offered at no cost to students. The Center offers free birth control consults and prescriptions for many types of birth control. Condoms, both internal and external, dental dams, lube, emergency contraception and pregnancy tests are available at the Wellness Center at no charge. The PHEs distribute condoms, lube and information to residence halls, the Rainbow Room, and the Varsity locker room. The Wellness Center offers STI testing on demand, which means you can be tested without having any symptoms. They partner with community resources to bring services like HIV testing and flu shots on-campus. Lab tests, some referrals and prescriptions may incur an out-of-pocket from the student or a bill for their insurance.
For students interested in receiving counseling, there are 5 main ways students can go about this:
1- through traditional therapy, which requires scheduling intake appointment and then the student may attend regular counseling sessions with one therapist.
2 – Through walk-in hours, 1p.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays, which provide a time for students to be seen for a short problem-solving session. No appointment or extensive intake paperwork is required.
3 – Urgent sessions, which are available any time the Wellness Center is open. A student should let the front desk know the concern is urgent an the triage therapist well see the student as soon as possible. Professional staff, student staff, and faculty members who are concerned about a student may encourage them to attend an urgent session or walk with the student to the Wellness Center.
4 – Students of the college may use the Wellness Center 24/7 Help Line at 240-895-4200. Calls are confidential and free.
5 – Astudent may visit www.smcm.caresforyou.org which provides anonymous access to a Wellness Center counselor.
Psychiatric medication management is offered for students with no cost for appointments but prescription may incur a cost. Medication management appointments can fill up quickly, so students are encouraged to set up an intake appointment before they run out of medication.
The Center’s newest programs are the 24/7 Helpline and online contact that allows students to remain anonymous. Their goal is to offer services in different ways to ensure students can access support in a way that is comfortable for them and reduces stigma.
Each semester they offer a variety of therapeutic groups, the information for which is on InsideSMCM .
Students can stay informed by reading InsideSMCM and checking the website www.smcm.edu/wellness/. Members of the community are welcome to reach out to the Director of the Wellness Center, Laurie Scherer, with any questions or concerns. email@example.com 240-895-4289
The Wellness Center also holds social media which can be followed at :
Smcm Wellness Center, smcm.smart, peerhealthsmcm on Instagram