Office of Student Life

Emotional Wellness

The emotionally well person can identify, express and manage the entire range of feelings and would consider seeking assistance to address areas of concern. Emotional wellness is being able to cope with stress and expressing your emotions in an effective manner. 

Taking an Active Role in Your Emotional Wellness

Develop awareness of your emotions and use healthy coping strategies for emotional regulation and self-care. Allow yourself to fully feel and express your emotions by communicating your wants, needs and emotions with others and setting healthy boundaries. Surround yourself with supportive people who make you feel good and ask for help when you need it.   

Promoting Emotional Wellness In and Outside the Classroom 

As we work with students on a daily basis, we often become the first point of contact when a student is looking for support resources as it relates to their mental health. Educating ourselves on signs and symptoms of mild, moderate, or severe mental health struggles will help us to better understand and refer students to services on campus.  

Examples of Emotional Wellness Activities and Promotion inside the classroom: 

  • Utilize a bulletin board to highlight free mindfulness and digital wellness apps 
  • Recognize stressful times throughout the semester (first round of exams, midterms, finals, etc.) and plan accordingly to offer additional support and leniency to students during that time 
  • Post a wellness or self-care statement on syllabus – the Student Wellness Center has an example syllabus statement 
  • Know campus resources and appropriately refer students when necessary 

Examples of Emotional Wellness Activities and Promotion outside the classroom: 

  • Build your own stress ball during a meeting – use balloons and rice or sand for a low cost activity  
  • Mindfulness Night 
  • Bring Therapy Dogs to a group meeting – Buckeye Paws has a request page 
  • Self Care night with face masks, sugar scrubs, nail polish, etc. 

Emotional Wellness Resources

Crisis/Urgent Resources 

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. 

Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service 

  • After-hours, Counseling and Consultation Service has a service available for students who are in crisis and need immediate assistance to speak to clinicians and to receive crisis consultation, information on emergency resources or even be directed to the Emergency Department, if appropriate. (After Hours Only) - 614-292-5766 (Select option 2 for on-call clinician, includes weekends and holidays) 

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988

  • The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. 

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) - 24-HOUR HELPLINE - 614-267-7020

  • Trained volunteer and staff advocates provide emotional support, crisis intervention and community resource information over the phone to survivors of sexual violence, co-survivors and the community.  
  • SARNCO Brochure

Ohio State Suicide Prevention 

  • The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention website is a comprehensive compilation of suicide prevention information for the Ohio State University community from emergency self-help to academic research on suicidology. It includes referral, educational and resource information and programs aimed at faculty, staff, students and parents associated with Ohio State. 
  • Columbus Suicide Prevention Hotline - 614-221-5445 

Student Life Disability Services 

  • Student Life Disability Services provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities, including medical and mental health conditions. To find out more about the services available, visit their Accommodations and Services page.
  • To learn how to register with Disability Services, visit their Registration Process page or contact the office by calling 614-292-3307 or emailing


Non-Emergency Resources 

On-Campus Resources

Guided Meditations 

Stress Management Resources