Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Mental Health Navigators

Who are the Mental Health Navigators? 

The Mental Health Navigators are an organization of students and staff at Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service who are passionate about mental health outreach and contributing to the Culture of Care on Ohio State’s campus.

Mental Health Navigator participants can make a real impact on campus, and with their fellow Buckeyes. The primary goals are to decrease mental health stigma and increase proactive mental health routines for all Buckeyes.

Everyone is welcome to join any of our bi-weekly Mental Health Navigator meetings to: 

  • Learn more about mental health resources and campus outreach efforts 
  • Provide feedback and brainstorm ways to support and engage with other students 
  • Explore future leadership opportunities 
  • Hear from guest speakers who are experts in the field

We invite you to attend our Mental Health Navigator Speaker Series. Staff from Counseling and Consultation Service will speak on a number of different topics related to Mental Health. These sessions will be held via CarmenZoom. Simply click the link at time of the session to join. Hope to see you there!

Engineering Wellness

Presented by Dr. Stefanie Day

Date: 10.21.2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Click to Join via CarmenZoom

Join this session to learn a variety of science-backed, time-tested strategies to improve your sense of wellness. Dr. Day will review breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, sound therapy, and bilateral stimulation, allowing you to try each technique to find what feels right for you.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Practice a variety of evidence-based wellness activities.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of application to self and others of the wellness techniques.
  3. Create a functional plan for integrating 2 wellness strategies in your daily life.

Healthy Relationships

Presented by Dr. I-Shan Yang

Date: 11.4.2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Click to Join via CarmenZoom

Most of us want to have successful relationships but sometimes they just don't happen. Why? During this presentation, we will have some discussions on what make a relationship last and positive and what to watch out for as warning signs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the phases of relationship development
  2. Identify 2-3 positive communication skills
  3. Recognize the warning signs of unhealthy relationships.

Staying Well Over Break

Presented by Dr. LaRae Copley

Date: 11.18.2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Click to Join via CarmenZoom

For many new students at Ohio State, Thanksgiving or winter break will be the first time they have been home since embarking on the adventure that is college education. While many will experience “culture shock” during their first semester, this process can happen all over again with returning home. While you may be excited to see high school friends, be in your own bed and see the family pet, there can also be stressors with returning. For instance, the changes you have undergone in your first semester may seem slow and subtle for you, but for family and friends may be discordant. You may spend your time differently, have a new tattoo or piercing or be bringing home new expectations of your family. You may also begin to experience homesickness when it’s time to return to campus having just had the comforts of home.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase awareness of how family relationships may change with the college transition.
  2. Develop strategies for staying connected to home while moving forward in school.
  3. Work on  a self care plan for campus and home.

Oh the places you will go: Educational and Professional Opportunities in Mental Health

Presented by Jacob Friedman, MSW, LSW

Date: 12.02.2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Click to Join via CarmenZoom

In this interactive session, a mental health professional will discuss your career interests and the different path’s you can take to reach your ultimate goal. We will explore the world of mental health and the potential opportunities that are available to you. From education opportunities to professional destinations we will take a look at how to make the most of your journey into the work place.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a greater understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and dispositions that mental health professionals may hold.
  2. Develop a broader outlook on the mental health profession and potential opportunities.
  3. Engage in a reflective dialogue with facilitator and peers to increase self-awareness and gain multiple perspectives on the mental health profession.

Become a Lead Mental Health Navigator  

Want to take a more active role in providing direct outreach to students on campus? Apply to become a Lead Mental Health Navigator and join us at various events to raise awareness.

The opportunity to apply will be available a few times each year and those selected will assist in a variety of outreach efforts and build important skills, including:  

  • Anti-racist and inclusive practices
  • Trauma-informed outreach
  • In-depth information about campus resources 
  • Empathy, active listening and interpersonal skills
  • Urgent concern response  

Interested in becoming a Lead Mental Health Navigator?
For more information on our next training opportunity, email Tainesha Owens.