Faculty and Staff
In your role as faculty or staff, students may perceive you as a good listener, and someone who can lend a helping. Your expression of interest and concern can be a critical factor in helping a struggling student find appropriate assistance.
Many people have experienced trouble, felt distressed or been upset. However, stress over time may lead to more serious concerns. Knowing what to look for, knowing when and how to seek consultation and knowing how to make caring referrals can help students significantly.
Including the following statement on your syllabi is a great first step to encourage positive mental health for your students:
As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student’s ability to participate in daily activities. The Ohio State University offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing.
If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) by visiting ccs.osu.edu or calling 614-292-5766. CCS is located on the 4th floor of the Younkin Success Center and 10th floor of Lincoln Tower. You can reach an on-call counselor when CCS is closed at 614-292-5766 and 24 hour emergency help is also available though the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Resources for staff or faculty:
Although Counseling and Consultation Service does not offer counseling services to staff or faculty, there are still services available to you through the Employee Assistance Program.
The Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling service for Ohio State employees and their families experiencing personal or work related distress that can interfere with their work performance. All EAP counselors are independently licensed behavioral health professionals with years of experience and a commitment to the university community. Call 800-678-6265 for more information.
You are also eligible for fee-based services for individual, child, couples and family counseling at the Couples and Family Clinic.