Mental health services available to WUSM employees — and their kids

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives in unprecedented ways, WUDirect Psychiatry offers a convenient, affordable way for employees to be proactive about mental health. The service gives employees and their dependents — including children and adolescents — expedited access to psychiatry and psychotherapy services, with a lower co-pay. Sessions are currently provided via telehealth using a HIPAA-compliant version of Zoom, and all medical records are private. “It can be challenging to find a psychiatrist or psychotherapist in the St. Louis community at this time,” said Emily Mukherji, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry. “We are hoping that this will be a valuable service and contribute to our employees’ overall health and well-being.”

Seeking support can benefit the whole family, as parents and children alike adjust to their “new un-normal,” said Max Rosen, MD, chief clinical fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry. Rosen devotes the majority of his time to treating children and adolescents through WUDirect. “People are often so busy being parents and employees, they’ll let their own mental health go by the wayside,” Rosen said. “But anxiety is contagious. You have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first — show kids it’s OK to have these fears and that there are appropriate ways to cope.”

To schedule an appointment please call 314-286-1700.