WSU addresses mental, physical health needs on campus

Cougar Health Services offers counseling, pharmacy, vision clinic



A student walks past the Cougar Health Services’ psychological department on the south side of campus.

SANDI KOBIESA, Multimedia editor

As Cougs return to Pullman, they can use health and wellness services WSU offers if they are struggling with mental health or need to make a doctor’s appointment.  

Cougar Health Services

Cougar Health Services is one of the main clinics on the south side of campus; any student who takes more than seven credits is automatically charged a student health fee to keep it affordable or free to students, according to the CHS website.

Students can schedule non-urgent appointments online on their Patient Portal, according to the CHS website. If a student needs services after-hours, CHS has access to a medical after-hours nurse hotline at 509-335-3575. CHS’ hours are listed on its website

If students are driving to CHS, they must prepay a parking fee of $2 per hour at the self-service kiosk for appointments over 20 minutes long, according to the CHS website.

The clinic offers same-day illness or injury appointments as well as routine care, according to the CHS website. CHS also provides medication refills at its pharmacy as well as access to contraceptives and mental health support.

Mental health is a significant issue many college students deal with, so Cougs have access to 12 free therapy sessions an academic year, according to the CHS website. Some topics the mental health counselors focus on are stress and anxiety, gender identity, depression and academic difficulties.

Students must schedule an initial consultation, and, from there, a mental health counselor will discuss the options students can follow. 

CHS also offers group sessions for students dealing with similar issues, which are free for students as well. 

If students need to find a new pair of glasses or undergo eye exams, they can visit CHS’ vision clinic, according to the CHS website.

WSU Psychology Clinic

WSU is also home to the WSU Psychology Clinic, which offers affordable options for children, adolescents and adults, according to the WSU Psychology Clinic website.

The clinic offers services on-site or through telehealth. To have an appointment via telehealth, the individual must be located in Washington or Idaho, according to the website.

Cougs for Recovery

Cougs for Recovery is a program offered to students to help fight through addiction. The student organization hosts weekly meetings in the Compton Union Building, Room 208, according to a Daily Evergreen article.

Active Minds

Active Minds is a newer student organization at WSU that promotes mental health in young adults, according to the website.

The group meets bi-weekly at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the CUB, Room 206, according to the website. 

Students can also follow the organization on Instagram.

Students have access to all these medical resources, plus many more.