UofL continues to offer free mental health services to residents of the West End


    The University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development is continuing to support the residents of the West End through its free counseling service, the Cardinal Success Program.

    Cardinal Success, started more than a decade ago, offers no-cost mental health services to the West End community. It is part of UofL’s Signature Partnership Initiative, founded in 2007 to work toward eliminating educational, health, economic and social disparities that exist in the nine urban neighborhoods that make up the region.

    “In this time of social upheaval combined with a worldwide pandemic, we want to assure underserved residents of the West End that we are still available to help them cope,” said Patrick Pössel, professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development and director of the program. “While our center at the Academy@Shawnee is temporarily closed, our services through the Nia Center (2900 W. Broadway) remain open providing telehealth services to help maintain social and emotional health.”

    The Cardinal Success Program offers individual, group and family counseling, and psychological assessment services. It serves adults and children. For an appointment request, email ecpycsp@louisville.edu or call (502) 852- 3888.

    UofL graduate students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in CEHD, the Kent School of Social Work and the School of Nursing provide the services under the supervision of faculty from the respective colleges. For more information, contact Dr. Pössel at ecpycsp@louisville.edu.


    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.