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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 at the Columbus campus 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. 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 for the Columbus campus only.

If you are not currently in crisis, but in search of self help information, please check out the topics listed here.  

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.
  • Also, you can check out this page for additional options. It is a recent review of self help Apps from psychologists.

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.


Mental Health Services for Distance Learning Students

Remote Services

To find a therapist in your area, Good Therapy and Psychology Today are terrific national search databases. However, please keep in mind that your health insurance provider may also offer a covered therapist search.

Ohio State’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is currently providing telehealth/teletherapy services during the COVID-19 situation. If you have a need for a therapist and are interested in telehealth/teletherapy, please know that laws for treatment provision using telecommunications technologies vary by state.  Most states require that the therapist is licensed in the state that their client or in this case the student resides.  Here are some other things when considering telehealth/teletherapy

  • Insurance coverage: Call your insurance company directly and make sure they will reimburse for telehealth (many only have one company they will allow to do telehealth, will require you to go to a community mental health center to receive the services, or simply will not cover it at all). Insurance companies may also provide a service like Betterhelp as an adjunct service. 33 states have parity laws for telehealth, but Ohio is not one of them.  Your therapist/provider must inform you of all charges that may be incurred
  • Electronic technology: Is the telecommunication technology being used to provide therapy a HIPAA compliant communication method? For example, FaceTime and Skype (available to the public) are not confidential methods.
  • Provider Qualifications: Is your provider licensed and providing services in the same state you reside in? Are they familiar with the state law around teletherapy? Other certifications are available like Telebehavioral Health Institute or the Zur Institute but the provider still needs to be licensed as a therapist (Counselor, Psychologist, Social Worker).
  • Diagnoses: You should have a thorough psychosocial assessment and a diagnosis should be given when in a formal treatment relationship. Services such as Betterhelp do not render any diagnoses at this time, and so might not be able to provide any documentation for ADA or accommodation requests.
  • Appropriate level of care: Are your presenting concerns able to be adequately treated in an outpatient setting? What are your crisis needs? Your provider should be able to provide an assessment and recommendations to you and is responsible for providing with resources if they are not able to treat them adequately in their level of care.
  • Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology may be another helpful resource to understand the issues related to telehealth/teletherapy from the American Psychological Association


Some resources provided by the Counseling and Consultation Service are available online for anytime, anywhere access. Visit the service’s list of resources for online students, which include self-help trainings and crisis support by text or phone.

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, call 911.

In-Person Counseling

In-person counseling and consultation services are available on Ohio State campuses. Counseling and Consultation Services has office locations in the Younkin Success Center and Lincoln Tower on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Ohio State’s regional campuses Lima, Newark, Mansfield, Marion and Wooster also offer counseling and consultation assistance. For Columbus campus: Begin your registration by completing a phone screening.