Ohio University

Counseling

Counseling services are available to Ohio University Zanesville staff and students.  The goal of counseling services on campus is to assist individuals to be successful in managing stressors or mental health difficulties with the goal of reaching their personal and academic goals.  Students are required to be enrolled to participate in counseling.  Appointments can be made by calling (740) 588-1293 or email: hmerry@zanestate.edu.

Self Assessment

Many people, especially busy college students, supplement their understanding of mental health issues by conducting on-line research and/or reading self-help books. While these resources are not a substitute for professional mental health care, they may offer valuable information and perspective. Therefore, we suggest the following website for further assessment of the difficulties you are experiencing:

Mental Health Screening

This is a quick and anonymous screening for Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, and Post-traumatic stress. If you suspect you are experiencing mental health concerns but would like to conduct a free screening before seeking professional assistance, you may do so by going to these on-line screenings.
http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/Welcome.aspx

WellTrack

A self-guided interactive online therapy program. WellTrack is free and confidential to Ohio University students. Find more information on WellTrack or access WellTrack.

A student who needs immediate attention should contact:

Students who are interested in making a counseling appointment may do so by using Appointlet, which will allow students to see what openings are available at a time that works for their personal schedule. I am currently conducting appointments on campus and virtually. Students who have a preferred method are encouraged to contact me directly (email or phone: hmerry@zanestate.edu or 740-588-1293) and we will set up a time together.


Muskingum Counseling Center: 740.453.9766
(for information about community mental health resources during normal business hours)

Crisis Line: 800.344.5818 or 740.453.5818 (available 24/7) or the Crises Textline: 741741.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are Counseling Services Confidential? Information shared in counseling is regarded by law as privileged communication, and with rare exceptions it cannot be disclosed to others without your explicit permission. In other words, no one outside of Counseling Services, including faculty, parents, and administrators, has access to your records or what you discuss with your counselor. Nothing appears on your records elsewhere in the university, nor is information you disclose to a counselor shared with anyone unless you request and authorize it. In addition, what you talk about with your counselor will not be made a part of any of your record elsewhere in the University unless you request or authorize it.

All services are confidential with the rare exception of situations where a person poses an immediate and serious risk to the well-being of himself or herself or to others. Also, Ohio state law requires that therapists report suspected cases of child or elder abuse, or the abuse of a disabled person. There may also be situations in which Counseling Services are required to release records in order to comply with a court order. If you have concerns or questions about confidentiality or any other matter, please bring them up with your counselor. Counseling Services is compliant with federal HIPAA regulations. All individuals will be provided with a copy of our HIPAA-compliant privacy policy.

What if I just want some information about a certain issue? Student Services and Counseling Services will have informational pamphlets available for students or staff/faculty to simply pick up from the office. Topics covered by these pamphlets include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, concerns about a friend, suicide, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, stress management, and more. If you want to ask a question about a particular issue, you are welcome to do that too.

What if I might need more than brief treatment? If the things you are struggling with might be helped by longer-term counseling or some other help, the counselor will help you find a place in the community that can provide that service. Deciding what type of treatment will be the best choice for you or someone else is often a decision that requires extensive knowledge of mental health and of the local clinics and doctors. Counseling Services can help you through that process so that you don't feel like you're doing it alone.

Services

What Services are Offered?

Consultation: If a student is experiencing stress or is struggling with a mental health diagnosis, he or she may contact Teresa Headley at 740.588.1517 (for non-emergency, on-campus assistance during normal business hours)

Please note – the counselor will not be able to respond to crises or emergencies when she is not on campus.

Crisis Line: 800.344.5818 or 740.453.5818 (available 24/7)  or the Crises Textline: 741741.


Important Phone Numbers

  • Ohio University: 24/7 Emergency Counselor Hotline or 740-593-1616
  • Suicide Prevention: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Muskingum Behavioral Health offers Tele-counseling: 740-454-1266
  • Crisis Textline: 741741, like the Suicide Prevention Hotline, is also a 24/7 resource that gives students the ability to text instead of talk.

Here is more information on Mental Health Services at the OHIO Regional Campuses.