Mental Health and Wellness

Studying and working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for students, faculty and staff. The safety of the Ohio State community is and always will be the university’s first priority.

In the guides linked below, the university has compiled a wide range of research-based intervention strategies and resources that can help build resiliency and enhance mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. You will also find information on mental health concerns to watch for and places to find help, resources that can assist with achieving work/school-life balance, financial wellness courses, and guidance for parenting during a pandemic.

As we navigate this time of uncertainty, the quick-reference guide below summarizes how you can COPE with COVID-19.

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest ER or call 911. If you are thinking of harming yourself or if you are worried about someone else and need advice about what to do, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 614-221-5445 or 800-273-8255 (TALK) or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting 4HOPE to 741741.

COPE with COVID

Control the things that you can, not the things you can't
Open up and share your feelings
Practice daily stress reduction tactics, including physical activity
Engage in mindfulness; be here now; worry will not help!

Count your blessings daily
Overturn negative thoughts to positive
Volunteer to help others
Identify helpful supports and resources
Do your part to prevent spread of the virus

Additional COVID-19 Wellness Programming, Tips and Resources are available on the Chief Wellness Officer Health and Wellness website.

First and foremost, everyone working and learning on all Ohio State campuses will participate in protective practices and physical distancing. Every individual has a role in keeping the community safe.

In the context of COVID-19, there may be challenges to life on campus in addition to typical day-to-day stress. It is normal and expected that you may experience anxiety or mood fluctuations while dealing with the uncertainty we all are facing. You may notice:

  • Changes to sleep, appetite, or energy level  
  • Feelings of loss related to missed events or gatherings 
  • Sense of being disconnected from others 
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Fear and uncertainty about the future
  • Trouble completing academic work or other responsibilities

If you are experiencing these or other difficulties, especially when they get in the way of your ability to function or reach your goals, there are several ways to find support. A listing of support resources for students can be found at: https://ccs.osu.edu/mental-health-support-options/. Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program at eap@osumc.edu, by phone 800-678-6265 or by completing this request form.

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Frequently asked questions

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I am worried about a student, what can I do?

If the concern is life threatening, please contact 911, the Ohio State Police Department, at 614-292-2121, or the Wexner Medical Center, at 614-293-8333. If the situation is not life threatening, being supportive and encouraging the student to contact Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is often the best first step. CCS does not contact students who do not contact us first out of respect for their privacy and independence. You can also recommend some of the available mental health support options available on campus.

If the concern is life threatening, please contact 911, the Ohio State Police Department, at 614-292-2121, or the Wexner Medical Center, at 614-293-8333. If the situation is not life threatening, being supportive and encouraging the student to contact Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is often the best first step. CCS does not contact students who do not contact us first out of respect for their privacy and independence. You can also recommend some of the available mental health support options available on campus.

What do I need to know as a parent or family member if I have a student in need of mental health support?

If you have concerns and would like to discuss helpful options with your student, please visit Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service website to review service options. Contact Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service to request a call back from a counselor at 614-292-5766.

What mental health and wellness resources are available on campus?

The safety of the Ohio State community is and always will be the university’s first priority. There are a variety of resources available for students, faculty and staff. The university has also compiled a wide range of research-based intervention strategies and information that can help build resiliency and enhance mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. Comprehensive information is available on the Mental Health and Wellness page and key resources are listed below.

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest ER or call 911. If you are thinking of harming yourself or if you are worried about someone else and need advice about what to do, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 614-221-5445 or 800-273-8255 (TALK) or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting 4HOPE to 741741.

The safety of the Ohio State community is and always will be the university’s first priority. There are a variety of resources available for students, faculty and staff. The university has also compiled a wide range of research-based intervention strategies and information that can help build resiliency and enhance mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. Comprehensive information is available on the Mental Health and Wellness page and key resources are listed below.

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest ER or call 911. If you are thinking of harming yourself or if you are worried about someone else and need advice about what to do, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 614-221-5445 or 800-273-8255 (TALK) or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting 4HOPE to 741741.

What wellness resources are available for graduate students?

Wellness resources for graduate students are listed on the Graduate School website to supplement the university’s Keep Well website. The resource provides helpful hints on developing a daily routine, creating ergonomic workspaces, tips for personal expression and staying connected with friends, family and colleagues. Links are also provided to Counseling and Consultation Services and resources through Student Life.

Wellness resources for graduate students are listed on the Graduate School website to supplement the university’s Keep Well website. The resource provides helpful hints on developing a daily routine, creating ergonomic workspaces, tips for personal expression and staying connected with friends, family and colleagues. Links are also provided to Counseling and Consultation Services and resources through Student Life.


Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.