Health and Wellness

Changes to Health and Wellness Center: Fall Semester 2020

The  Health and Wellness Center is open but all staff are working remotely.* All phone consultations for Counseling and Health must be scheduled -To schedule your consultation you can:

Health and Wellness Services Hours*: 

8:30 a.m.–Noon
1 p.m.–5 p.m.
*By Appointment Only

Mental Health Emergencies
(outside of normal business hours M–F 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)

Crisis Counselor on Call:

While our services have some restrictions, the following services are available to our Lake Forest College students, regardless of geographic location: 

  • Online Support Spaces 
    • Weekly support space for our students of color led by Dr. Abena Berry (former therapist at Health and Wellness).  Tuesdays 11-12 CT: email for the log-in information.

  • Digital Workshops –
    • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Wednesdays at 4:00 (weekly series: come once or come every Wednesday)
    • Stress Management: 10/22/20 at 4:00
  • Educational posts and videos on social media
    • Instagram: lfchealthandwellness
    • Facebook: Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center
    • Twitter: lfcbewell
    • Take a minute right now to follow us so you’ll always know what programs are coming up next.
    • Have you read The Stentor yet?

      We have!  Click on the link below to read an article in The Stentor clearing up any misconceptions you may be having about who is eligible for our services and how to attain them.  Then, keep reading to find all the articles that are more fun than ours!  

  • Our Nurse Practitioner, Kathy Salinger, is available for phone/video consultation and education to our student population.
    • In the consultation, you will provide a brief reason for your consultation.
    • You and our Nurse Practitioner will explore the best referral for you, or whether an educational session will provide you the information you need.
    • In addition, our Nurse Practitioner will be assisting Lake Forest College monitor all cases of COVID 19 and may reach out to you to inquire about your current condition or what resources you may need at that time.

  • Crisis Management
    • All students can schedule same-day crisis sessions with a therapist by contacting the Health and Wellness Center at 847-735-5240. After business hours, all students can access our Crisis Counselor On-Call crisis phone at 224-501-1621. This phone is for crises only and not a way of calling to schedule an appointment

Health and Wellness Center Statement about Current and Ongoing Racial Injustice and Violence

Dear Lake Forest Student Body,

The Health and Wellness Center condemns the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and countless others whose lives ended at the hands of the people who were meant to protect and serve their community. As racism and hate groups continue to plague our society, we as a Center stand with our communities and say this is not acceptable. We need to demand justice from a system that has been unjust and inequitable for hundreds of years. The trauma that we are all experiencing in the moment may lead to a range of emotions, fear, shock, anger, sadness, guilt, and helplessness.  However, it is important to be aware that the recent trauma is especially injurious to our members of the Black and African-American communities who have endured this trauma for centuries. We want to ensure that our students who have been impacted know we are here to provide continued support. We need to acknowledge that our Health and Wellness Center staff do not yet physically represent the racial identities of all our students, but we want you to know our deep commitment to  providing a safe space where you can feel heard and validated. We encourage you to contact our office (847-735-5240 or if you (or someone you know) would like support.


 The Health and Wellness Center Staff 

The Health and Wellness Center does not provide health or counseling services to Lake Forest College employees.

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Important Resources:

Lake County Community Resources and National Hotlines
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
    847-432-8000 (Main)

    847-535-3751 (Emergency)

  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
    847-234-5600 (Main)

    847-535-6150 (Emergency)

    Phone: 847-810-5990

  • Call4Calm 
    Free emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress & mental health issues related to COVID-19. To speak with a mental health professional, text “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish) to 552020. 

  • Zachariah Center for Sexual Abuse
    847-244-1187 (Main Office)

    847-872-7799 (Support Line)

  • A Safe Place

    (24-hour Help Hotline)

  • National Suicide Hotline
    800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Lake County Crisis Line

  • Text-A-Tip
    Text “LAKECO” to 1-844-823-5323

  • Crisis Text Line
    Text ‘LGBTQ’ to 741 741

    Hours: Available 24/7

    Cost: Standard messaging rates apply

  •  TrevorLifeline

    Hours: Available 24/7

    Cost: Free

  • TrevorText
    Text the Word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200

    Hours: Monday through Friday between 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/ Noon–7p.m. PT

    Cost: Standard messaging rates apply

  • TrevorChat
    Enter the online portal on The Trevor Project’s Website
    Hours: 7 days a week, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/ Noon–7p.m. PT

    Cost: Free

  • Trans Lifeline

    11 a.m. to 5 a.m. ET

African American Mental Health Resources

There are a variety of mental health resources available for people of color, but we have provided a few examples below. Please note: The resources included here are not endorsed by NAMI, and NAMI is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of these resources.

 Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Group aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.

 Black Men Heal
Limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men.

 Black Mental Health Alliance - (410) 338-2642
Provides information and resources and a “Find a Therapist” locator to connect with a culturally competent mental health professional.

 Black Mental Wellness
Provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, as well as training opportunities for students and professionals.

 Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
BLHF has launched the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign to raise money for mental health services provided by licensed clinicians in our network. Individuals with life-changing stressors and anxiety related to the coronavirus will have the cost for up to five (5) individual sessions defrayed on a first come, first serve basis until all funds are committed or exhausted.

 Brother You’re on My Mind
An initiative launched by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect African American men and families. Website offers an online toolkit that provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in African American men.<

 Ebony’s Mental Health Resources by State
List of Black-owned and focused mental health resources by state as compiled by Ebony magazine.

 Henry Health
Provides culturally sensitive self-care support and teletherapy for African American men and their families. Currently in pilot program available only to residents of MD, VA and DC. Residents of other states can join their waiting list and will be notified when Henry Health is available in their state.

 Melanin and Mental Health
Connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory and events.

 Ourselves Black
Provides information on promoting mental health and developing positive coping mechanisms through a podcast, online magazine and online discussion groups.

 POC Online Classroom
Contains readings on the importance of self care, mental health care, and healing for people of color and within activist movements.

 Sista Afya
Organization that provides mental wellness education, resource connection and community support for Black women.

 Therapy for Black Girls
Online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Offers listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls, an informational podcast and an online support community.

 Unapologetically Us
Online community for African American women to seek support.

In an effort to combat stigma associated with mental illness, Lake Forest College students created this video to raise awareness.

Contact Us

Mary E. Grigar, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students Director of Health & Wellness


Siobhan Michelotti
Department Assistant Health & Wellness Center


Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - Noon
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
By appointment only