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Self Help

If you are experiencing a crisis or have an urgent need, please call our office at 614-292-5766 to speak with a therapist. We see students by scheduled appointments and are currently unable to provide walk in services. In the event of an emergency or need to speak with a clinician immediately, please visit your nearest emergency department or Netcare Access ( After-hours, Counseling and Consultation Service provides crisis consultation for students by calling 614-292-5766 and choosing option 2 which includes weekends and holidays. You also have the option to schedule an appointment to speak with a therapist at


Often crises occur for students when our center is closed. Columbus is fortunate to have several other 24-hour crisis services available by phone.

These services include NetCare Access (614-276-2273) and OSU Hospital Emergency Department (614-293-8333). These are excellent resources to utilize for students and concerned others.


If you are not currently in crisis, but in search of self help information, please check out the topics listed here.  Let us know if you have a concern that is not listed here. Email us and we can send you additional resources and add a page to help others.

This website is designed to provide accurate information regarding self help resources for mental health. If expert assistance is needed, the services of a competent professional should be sought. This website is not psychotherapy treatment. If you experience significant changes in mood or feel as though you may require further assistance, please contact Counseling and Consultation Service at 614-292-5766. In case of an emergency, please contact your nearest emergency service. 

Check out our Blog: Emotional Fitness

  • One of our staff psychiatrist, R. Ryan Patel, D.O., FAPA, writes on happiness, success, and brain health for college and beyond, incluiding practical ideas from emerging evidence.  Bite size happiness in one page or less. 

Check out our App

  • The OSUCCS App offers easy-to-use multimedia strategies to feel better fast! Taken from positive psychology and mindfulness skills, the app connects you to usable tools that help promote wellness, balance, and calm. From breathing exercises, guided imagery for test anxiety, and a musical playlist to cheer you up, these skills connect you with in-the-moment ways to reduce anxiety, stave off depression, and hack into happiness! It provides a variety of ways to access our services, information on additional mental health resources on campus, and emergency contact information at your fingertips. Available for Android and iPhone.

CHECK out our Staff Recommendations Page!!!

This page includes recommendations from our staff for books, videos, and other media that has helped them as well as their clients. The staff recommendations page also includes our Book of the Month feature.