Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Men's Mental Health

We celebrate and support the emotional health and well-being of men at Ohio State. Yet, at times, due to stigma surrounding mental health, many men believe that talking about problems is a sign of weakness. Men, and those who support men in their lives, can de-stigmatize reaching out for support. This can come in many different forms, including simply being present or knowing resources to suggest to friends or loved ones.  

Celebrate Movember! A month long campaign at Ohio State focused on Men’s Mental Health.  

Statistics to consider 

  • 40% college men report experiencing anxiety to the extent of functional impairment
  • 36% college men endorse feeling so depressed it impairs functioning
  • 75% suicide victims are men and are 3.5x more likely to die by suicide
  • Nearly a quarter (24.8%) of US men experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime, and men are more likely to perpetrate sexual violence
  • 80% of college men report feeling dissatisfied with their body, and this rate is even higher among Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender men
  • Cisgender men endorse higher rates of loneliness and lack connection with others that they find meaningful


CCS offers Buckeye Brothers: a group space for men to come together and discuss their problems in a casual and genuine way.  

Currently, nine of ten Veterans identify as men. We are aware of the unique challenges returning veterans may encounter and are ready to offer the support and services that will ease the transition to college life at Ohio State. 

Male Students of African Descent may be hesitant to reach out for help in times of mental health struggle due to cultural norms and stigma. We have a number of black and/or male-identifying clinicians to help ease the discomfort of initiating services. 

Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Men may struggle disproportionally with mental health concerns, particularly related to issues surrounding coming out, body image, and finding community, among others. Many clinicians at CCS have interests related specifically to these concerns among the GBT community and would be happy to support you. 

Check out CCS Psychiatrist Dr. R. Ryan Patel, DO, FAPA’s Emotional Fitness Blog: Men's Mental Health, in which he writes about how certain mental health concerns can manifest uniquely among men 

Let's Talk: Schedule a confidential one-on-one conversation. Many of the counselors who host “Let’s Talk” sessions are male or specialize in topics that concern men.    

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is free for any Ohioan who is experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis. You can call, chat, or text “988” to reach a trained counselor who can offer help and support.