Mental Health and Wellness

Returning to campus may be stressful for students, faculty and staff. The safety of our 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.


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: Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program at, by phone 800-678-6265 or by completing this request form.

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.