Health and Wellness Resources - Beyond Benedictine

In addition to the excellent Health and Wellness resources available right here on our own campus (such as the Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Student Life Office, and Campus Ministry), students may find the following faculty and staff-recommended resources helpful:

 

Resources for:

 

 

Alcohol & Drugs

 

  • Benedictine College Counseling Center (913)360-7621
  • Valley Hope Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center, Atchison—inpatient (913)367-1618
  • The Guidance Center, Atchison—outpatient (913)367-1593
  • Cottonwood Springs, Olathe, KS—inpatient (913)353-3000
  • Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, KS—inpatient (913)676-2000

 

 

Chastity

 

  • The Chastity Project - a ministry of Jason and Crystalina Evert that promotes the virtue of chastity through seminars, resources, clubs, and social media
  • The Angelic Warfare Confraternity - a supernatural fellowship of men and women bound to one another in love and dedicated to pursuing and promoting chastity together under the powerful patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • “To Be Someone Radiant” - a lecture by Fr. James Dominic Brent, OP; delivered as the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman Lecture at the Institute for Psychological Sciences, November 18, 2011

 

Crisis Hotlines

AIDS Hotline800-342-2437
Alcoholics Anonymous913-384-2770
Catholic Charities Counseling Services800-227-3002
Child Abuse/Parent Helpline800-332-6378
Narcotics Anonymous888-751-6262
National Suicide Hotline800-SUICIDE
Poison Control Center800-332-6633
Pregnancy (24 hr. helpline)800-712-HELP
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)800-656-HOPE
Self-injury800-DONT-CUT
Sexual Assault (24 hr. hotline)800-367-7075

 

Eating Disorders

 

 

Healthy Relationships

 

  • The Ruth Institute - an interfaith organization headed by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, inspiring the survivors of the sexual revolution
  • Emotional Virtue - Sarah Swafford’s website focused on the right ordering of our thoughts, actions, and desires as they are related to our relationships

 

and

 

  • "Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships" - a book by Sarah Swafford - offers a compelling blueprint for how to navigate relationships and thrive in every stage of life—not just survive.
  • Love and Fidelity Network -  - The Love and Fidelity Network’s mission is to equip college students with the resources, support, and arguments they need to uphold the institution of marriage, the special role of the family, and sexual integrity within their university communities.
  • The Chastity Project - a ministry of Jason and Crystalina Evert that promotes the virtue of chastity through seminars, resources, clubs, and social media
  • “To Be Someone Radiant” - a lecture by Fr. James Dominic Brent, OP; delivered as the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman Lecture at the Institute for Psychological Sciences, November 18, 2011

 

Human Sexuality

 

  • The Chastity Project - a ministry of Jason and Crystalina Evert that promotes the virtue of chastity through seminars, resources, clubs, and social media
  • “To Be Someone Radiant” - a lecture by Fr. James Dominic Brent, OP; delivered as the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman Lecture at the Institute for Psychological Sciences, November 18, 2011

 

Mental Health Issues for College Students

 

  • ULifeline - ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health
  • National Hopeline Network - 1-800-SUICIDE - The Hopeline links callers to a certified crisis center nearest the caller's location. Crisis centers networked under this single, toll-free number are certified by the American Association of Suicidology, thus assuring compliance with national standards and quality of services.
  • The Jed Foundation - promoting emotional health and preventing suicide
  • S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives - www.selfinjury.com – S.A.F.E. Alternatives is a nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior; S. A. F. E. Helpline:  1800-DONT-CUT
  • Catholictherapists.com - provides psychological information and a list of counselors across the USA who are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Sarah Swafford’s blog post, “Three Steps to Becoming the Boss of Your Thoughts” - a blog post on the importance of controlling one’s thoughts and anxiety
  • “The Catholic Guide to Depression:  How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again” – a book by Dr. Aaron Kheriarty, MD

 

Pornography

 

  • My House: Safer Families, Happier Marriages - an outreach of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to help Catholics in northeast Kansas protect children and families from pornography, develop a deeper understanding of God’s gift of human sexuality, and experience freedom from the effects of pornography
  • The Chastity Project - a ministry of Jason and Crystalina Evert that promotes the virtue of chastity through seminars, resources, clubs, and social media
  • The Porn Effect - a non-profit group whose mission is to expose the reality behind the fantasy of pornography and to equip individuals to find freedom from it
  • Covenant Eyes - internet accountability and filtering
  • Truemanhood Men’s Ministry - Dave DiNuzzo’s ministry to spread the concept of authentic masculinity in the image of Jesus Christ
  • Matt Fradd, Catholic Apologist and Speaker

 

and

 

  • “Delivered:  Ten Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity” a book by Matt Fradd
  • “Porn:  7 Myths Exposed” a CD by Matt Fradd
  • “Bought with a Price” a pastoral letter from Bishop Loverde, Catholic Diocese of Arlington. In the letter, Bishop Loverde addresses the nature of the current threat of pornography; the arguments put forward by those who attempt to rationalize pornography; the offering of concrete counsel to all Christians, young people, couples, and priests and the gift of sight and its fulfillment in divine contemplation.
  • “Create in Me a Clean Heart” a Pastoral Response to Pornography from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Cecilia Warr’s blog post, “An Open Letter to Any Girl Struggling with Porn”

 

Post-Abortive Support for Men and Women

 

 

Resources for Men

 

  • Truemanhood Men’s Ministry - Dave DiNuzzo’s ministry to spread the concept of authentic masculinity in the image of Jesus Christ
  • The Art of Manliness - features articles to help men be better husbands, fathers, and men
  • The Chastity Project -  a ministry of Jason and Crystalina Evert that promotes the virtue of chastity through seminars, resources, clubs, and social media
  • “Into the Breach” an Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men from Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead, Bishop of Phoenix

 

Resources for Women

 

  • The Chastity Project -  a ministry of Jason and Crystalina Evert that promotes the virtue of chastity through seminars, resources, clubs, and social media
  • Women Made New Ministries - Crystalina Evert’s website encourages and supports women in need of personal healing, empowering them to become the women God created them to be
  • “Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious:  Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood” a book by Pat Gohn
  • “Letter to Women” from St. John Paul II to the women of the world
  • “Mulieris Dignitatem” from St. John Paul II “On the dignity and vocation of women"
  • Women of Grace - a Catholic apostolate whose mission is to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity.
  • FEMM - a comprehensive women’s health program in line with the Catholic Church’s teachings on healthcare for women
  • Multiple resources for Catholic, single women are referenced at “Story of a Rose:  Thorns & Roses of a Young, Catholic Mama” a blog by Raquel Rose: http://storyofarose.com/2013/07/30/not-alone-resource-for-catholic-single-women/

 

Same-sex Attraction

 

  • Courage - Courage Kansas City is the local chapter of the Courage Apostolate, offering spiritual support to Christian men and women with same-sex attractions who desire to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings of Scripture and Catholic moral teaching.  Courage Kansas City is a collaborative effort of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  Groups meet on both sides of the state line on a regular basis; contact Courage Kansas City by phone at 913-428-9893
  • The Third Way - a documentary about the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality
  • “Beyond Gay” a book by David Morrison
  • “The Courage to Be Chaste” a book by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
  • “Living the Truth in Love:  Pastoral Approaches to Same Sex Attraction” a book by Janet Smith and Fr. Paul Check

 

Sexual Assault

 

  • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) - MOCSA exists to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual assault and abuse, and to prevent sexual violence in our community; MOCSA 24 hour hotline:  816-531-0233
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) – www.rainn.org – online chat available at ohl.rainn.org/online – RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. In 2015, the Online Hotline expanded to offer services in Spanish at rainn.org/es. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

 

Unplanned Pregnancies

 

Student Pregnancy Information

 

Benedictine College is committed to the teachings and moral values of the Catholic Church and will support students who become pregnant. Consistent with its belief in the dignity of the human person, the college encourages students who do become pregnant to continue their studies and to retain their campus housing.

 

Jennifer Schmidt, Assistant Director of Counseling, is available as a confidential contact who can assist students in finding whatever resources are needed and/or provide professional counseling services. She can be contacted at: jschmidt@benedictine.edu or (913) 360-7621.  Referrals for prenatal health care and other supportive services will also be made available through the Counseling Center, Student Life Office, Ministry Office, and/or Student Health Center as necessary and requested.

 

Additional local resources which provide caring, confidential support to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy include: