If you or someone you know is in immediate distress, please contact 911. If you're unsure if it is an emergency, use this decision tree.
Please do not hesitate to use or share the resources below when you feel you or someone you know needs help.
These resources include the The Ohio State University Emergency Department and hotlines to call for help. Some also offer chat services.
- Ohio State Emergency Room Department: 614-293-8333, 410 W. 10th Avenue
- Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO): 614-294-7867 or 1-866-862-7286
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (chat available)
- OhioHealth Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO): 614-267-7020
- Text Crisis Line: Text “HOME”, “START”, or “HELLO” to 741-741
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
- Trevor Project: 1-866-468-7386
Ohio State Resources:
Resources available to graduate and undergraduate students.
- Counseling and Consultation Service: 614-292-5766
- Appointments made after a phone screening
- Emergency appointments (typically within 24-48 hours)
- Group Therapy: free and open to enrolled students
- Self Help Resources
- For Instructors, Faculty, and Staff
- Department of Psychology’s Psychological Services Center (free for adults in Central Ohio)
- Education Human Ecology’s Stress Management and Resiliency Training Lab (SMART)
- Collegiate Recovery Community
- Student Health Insurance:
- Better Help: Confidential virtual counseling service providing access to psychologists and phone, video, text options.
- Healthiest You: 24/7 access to licensed medical doctor regarding diagnosis and treatment of many illnesses.
- Students may get appointments with mental health professionals through off-campus resources, check the Membership Booklet to determine your copay.
- Student Advocacy Center: 614-292-1111, confidential resource
- Student Legal Resources: requires the payment of the annual student fee to access legal resources
- OSU Employee Assistance Program: open to all faculty and staff, as well as graduate students on appointment as a GTA, GRA, or GAA.
- Student Wellness Center
- Dennis Learning Center: 614-688-4011, support for test anxiety and related challenges
- Multicultural Center: Workshops on heritage and awareness, student leadership, prejudice-reduction trainings, etc.
- OUAB Grad/Prof: Programming for graduate and professional students.
Columbus Area Resources:
- Equitas Mental Health Counseling
- Kaleidoscope Youth Center
- OSU Counseling and Consultation Service’s Community Provider Database
The SKY Campus Happiness program is a meditative breathing program, and a fun way to relax the mind, increase resilience, increase energy, and gain equanimity and broader perspective on life when facing challenges. It helps participants to gain an inner connection with themselves, as well as an outer connection with other students, as well as their campus and community. SKY has over 60 peer-reviewed research studies on it, documenting its benefits, with the most recent Harvard/Yale/Stanford study, in which SKY was found to decrease stress, anxiety, and depression in college students. Here are the scientifically documented benefits/outcomes of SKY:
- Relieves anxiety & depression
- Relieves and sustains relief in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms
- Improved emotion regulation
- Increased mental focus / heightened awareness as indicated by EEG Beta-wave activity
- Increased levels of optimism and reduced reports of stress
- Reduced levels of biochemical markers of stress (cortisol and lactate)
- Increased levels of antioxidant enzymes (glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase)
- Enhanced immune system function
- Improved cholesterol profile
There are three SKY communities associated with OSU: 1) students, 2) OSU staff and faculty, 3) the recovery community.
Articles in Forbes and Psychology Today mentioning the research:
Link to Actual Studies in Academic Journals: