Monday, April 3, 2023
College can be stressful, challenging and—let’s be honest—overwhelming at times, but that doesn’t mean your mental health has to add fuel to that fire. If you’ve got Qs about mental health, we’ve got As. Take a look below and learn more about the resources and services offered to you at OSU.
IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, call 911 or the OSU Police immediately. You can also CALL SAM (855-225-2726). Not sure if someone needs immediate assistance? Submit a Care Report and we will help.
Find more info on supporting someone in distress.
Q: What counseling resources does the university offer students who may be struggling?
A: When it comes to your mental health, OSU has a number of resources available to students. One of those resources is professional counseling through University Counseling Services. This includes group, grief and crisis counseling, as well as alcohol and substance abuse counseling. UCS also has Walk-in Clinic where no appointment is needed.
The good news about the Walk-in Clinic? You can be seen that same day! You’ll meet with a counselor for an initial screening and then be set up with a counselor for on-going services if needed. The current wait time to begin on-going services with a counselor is around two weeks depending on your availability. Learn more about what to expect at a walk-in appointment.
One more piece of good news—thanks to generous donors to the Cowboys United for Mental Health campaign, the number of free counseling sessions for students has increased from 4 sessions to 6 sessions! After that, sessions are only $10 each.
In addition to services offered through UCS, OSU has several additional options for counseling that can be found on our mental health resources webpage.
Q: How can I become a mental health advocate?
A: We have several training resources available to students looking to educate themselves more in the area of mental health. These include Suicide Prevention (QPR), Kognito, Mental Health First Aid, Talk Saves Lives, educational programs and the OSU Mental Health Training Video.
Q: Why is it important for students to complete these trainings?
A: As a part of the Cowboy family, we have to look out for each other. Taking care of your own mental health is certainly important, but we ask you to do your part in looking out for your fellow Cowboys too. By becoming educated, trained and prepared, we can all work together to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
Q: What are some ways students can improve their mental and physical health?
A: Do things that bring you joy and truly make time for yourself to take part in those activities. Maybe that’s a movie night with your roommates or even just a night to yourself. Maybe it’s a walk around campus or taking a fun group fitness class at the Colvin. Just take a moment of your time to appreciate yourself.
Know that OSU is here to support you. We’re here with you, Cowboys!