About Lift Up Loyola

Headlines across the nation have shown trends of increased rates of mental illness; drug abuse; and, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest suicide rate in three decades. These national trends have trickled down into our own community, and we are working to arm our students, parents, faculty, and staff with the support and resources they need to succeed academically, professionally, and personally.

As a Jesuit university, we are guided by certain foundational principles, including cura personalis (care for the whole person – mind, body, and spirit), a holistic approach (impacting the head, heart, and the spirit), and a ministry of consolation (one that leads away from desolation).

It’s with this in mind that we’ve launched Lift Up Loyola, a movement focused on reviewing, communicating, and utilizing the multitude of resources and programs available to our community in light of the evolving landscape of mental health and substance abuse issues.

This effort starts with difficult but critical conversations. There is power in honest dialogue about these issues and in recognition of the signs of struggle in yourself or someone else. Asking for help when you or someone you know is in need is the ultimate sign of strength and compassion.

So whether it’s via small-group dialogue or via wallet cards, posters, signs, and banners, we want to encourage everyone in our community to take the brave step of either asking for help or encouraging someone they know who is struggling to reach out.

Together, we can make a difference. We thank our entire community for its support of Lift Up Loyola and one another.

Loyola offers the following services to our students:

Our counseling services are available 24/7/365.

We offer a multitude of additional support services:

  • University Counseling Center
    By appointment, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    24/7/365 telephone service, (504) 865-3835
  • Grief Process Group
  • Care and Concern Committee – provides support and intervention
  • The Advocacy Initiative – support for victims of violence or sexual assault
  • Step Up – Training program on how to have difficult conversations
  • Silent Witness – anonymous reporting hotline
  • Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan – get help for someone without fear of repercussion

For more information regarding campus support, please contact:

  • Loyola University Police Department: (504) 865-3434 or dial 911
  • University Counseling Center: (504) 865-3835; press 1 for after-hours help