Walla Walla University is committed to the mental health and wellness of our students. The Counseling Center offers a holistic approach to problem solving in an environment of respect and acceptance. We have a number of resources to support whole-student wellness coordinated through our Student Health and Wellness program. The Testing Center administers national standardized tests, placement tests, challenge exams, required department exit tests and provides proctoring services for a variety of other exams to meet the needs of our students.
If you or someone you know is suicidal and needs help immediately, do not call the Counseling and Testing Center, call 911 or the Walla Walla Crisis Response Unit at (509) 524-2999, or go to the Providence St. Mary Medical Center emergency room. Find emergency resources.
Our therapists can help you work through a variety of life's challenges, including anxiety, depression, relationship distress, childhood abuse, substance abuse, grief, and career uncertainty.
If one or more of the following statements describe you, you may benefit from counseling:
- I am anxious, worried, or nervous much of the time.
- My sleeping or eating patterns are disturbed or have changed.
- My moods change rapidly. I often feel like crying.
- My relationships with other people often feel difficult.
- I feel confused and have difficulty making decisions.
- I can't decide on a major or career.
- I feel that I am not functioning effectively in an important area of my life.
- I am going through a significant change in my life.
- I am experiencing difficulties due to the use of substances or behaviors that I am not able to manage.
- I am curious to know more about myself and my relationships.
The three most common reasons people seek counseling:
- They are experiencing a crisis due to the loss of a relationship, the experience of overwhelm at the death of a loved one, stress overload, or family problems.
- Chronic stress such as experienced by anxiety, depression, harmful relationships, eating disorders, drug abuse, or self-harming behaviors.
- Desire for growth through increased self-confidence, enriched personal relationships, or enhanced self-understanding.
Student Health and Wellness resources
Our goal is to support the health and wellness of Walla Walla University students by identifying and understanding both local and national wellness challenges and working to address those needs in our community in a sustainable way—armed with honesty and compassion.
- Peer-support community: TalkCampus
- @SHW.WWU on Instagram: tips about managing your life in college.
- Weekly events and programs to support your mental and emotional health.
- Your guide to college (and life) success: you@college
In the event of an urgent situation during evenings or weekends, contact Campus Security at (509) 527-2222 or your residence hall dean on duty. You may also call the Walla Walla County Crisis Response Unit at (509) 524-2999 or go to the Providence St. Mary Medical Center's Emergency Room. Find more emergency resources.