A quick list of hotlines, text resources, and guidance on protecting oneself or a student.
Supporting Students: For Staff
Faculty and staff are regularly connecting with students, sometimes on a daily basis. As such, they're often the first to notice when a student is experiencing distress. We encourage you to connect with our team if you ever have concerns about a student's well-being.
Consult hours are available by phone and or walk-in between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
CALL THE MAIN LINE: (740) 593-1616
Please be aware, we do not contact students as a result of a consultation. Counseling works best when it is sought voluntarily or at the advice of people they know. If you have concerns about a student, we encourage you to refer them to our services.
When a student is not willing or interested in seeking counseling services, you have the option to report those concerns to the Office of the Dean of Students.
Crisis and Emergency
Learn to identify warning signs of suicide, to connect with someone at risk and to make referrals to campus resources.
Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students can reach out directly to a student who shows signs of concern.
Ensuring your own wellness is essential when caring for others. Review the resources available to all employees.
When a student is demonstrating signs of distress, encourage the student to call or drop-in to our office. If you are in-person with the student, you can accompany them to our Hudson Health Center location.
Hudson Health Center, 3rd Floor
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
In some cases a student may show signs of distress while you are meeting remotely. If this takes place, follow these recommendations:
If the student shows signs of imminent danger to self or others get their location and call 911 or the Ohio University Police Department at (740) 593-1911 (for students on the Athens campus).
If a student is not in imminent danger, but reports and or appears to be in acute distress (e.g., severely depressed or anxious), follow these guidelines in recommending the student seek counseling services:
- Advise student of your intent to facilitate a connection with our office while remaining engaged with the student via screen.
- Instruct the student to contact us via phone while still engaged remotely.
- Once the student makes contact with our office via phone, end the remote connection with the student.
- If you have information regarding the student or the situation that could be valuable to the clinician, you are encouraged to contact us by phone.
If you are uncertain about referring a student, place them on hold and call our office for recommendations.
In the event, the student is presenting mild distress and may benefit from talking to a counselor, provide information about our office, including the main phone line (740) 593-1616 and the department website.