Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

COVID-19 Updates

CCS acknowledges the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio State students and recognizes that it is typical to experience anxiety, worry or fear. The use of technology to facilitate person-to-person interactions has increased our ability to connect with students regardless of location. Students can use CCS services in several ways.

  • Students requesting ongoing services who have not contacted CCS in the past can do so by first scheduling a phone screening.
  • Current clients who have concerns related to appointment location or means of communication should reach out to your clinician to schedule and coordinate communications.
  • If you need to speak with a counselor urgently or need other resources, please call 614-292-5766 at any time. Press 2 to be connected to a counselor after hours. 

Virtual Supports with Counseling and Consultation Service

Let’s Talk - Confidential informal mental health consultations on a first-come, first served basis. This service is available via Carmen Zoom or phone.

Mental Health Strategies Video Series – Counseling and Consultation Service staff present effective strategies for managing mental health. Watch the entire series, or find a video specific to your needs, and add these important skills to your mental health toolbox.

Drop-in Workshops – These workshops are facilitated require no sign-up or registration. Maximize your potential to thrive by learning how to manage stress, emotions, and thoughts.

SilverCloud – An online, interactive mental health resource which provides students with cognitive behavioral skills and strategies, accessible 24/7. SilverCloud can be either self-guided or used with the support of a coach. SilverCloud does not require a referral and you can start right now. 

Coping During Quarantine and Isolation

STEP 1: Recognize Signs of Distress

  • Intense worry about your health and the health of loved ones
  • Feeling Overwhelmed by monitoring your health or being monitored by others.
  • Loss from leaving your campus housing and routine
  • Feeling guilty for not performing normal school, work or extracurricular duties.
  • Changes to sleep, appetite or motivation.
  • Increased anger towards those you suspect you contracted COVID-19 from
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others, even though virtual means
  • Increased unhealthy coping behaviors (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky or impulsive behaviors, etc.)

STEP 2: Manage Symptoms of Distress

  • Remind yourself that your emotions are valid
  • Stay connected through virtual means
  • Reduce media exposure if overwhelmed
  • Use accredited COVID resources
  • Maintain your typical schedule as best as you can
  • Consider making use of mental health resources
  • Seek supports and use campus resources

International and APIDA Students

As there continues to be concerns about the COVID-19 virus, incidents of xenophobia, microaggression and racism towards Chinese and individuals of Asian descent worldwide have not decreased. Such acts of harassment, exclusion and hate speech impair our ability to work together as a community and contribute to anxiety, hostility and stigmatization.

We urge our students, colleagues and community to practice acts of compassion, kindness and understanding towards others. We at Counseling and Consultation Service stand with students affected by these incidents and wish to express that: we care about you, we stand with you and we are here for all of you. You Matter. 

Additional Student Resources

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Safe and Healthy Buckeyes