Following is a selection of online resources related to common mental health concerns among college students. Please browse to find helpful information. Feel free to share with family and friends and always know Counseling Services staff welcome any questions related to the concerns highlighted below.

Disclaimer: This resource guide is intended to inform and educate, though does not imply that OWU Counseling Services approved of all the information contained within these videos and websites. Therefore, it is recommended that individual users determine the value of this information for themselves. We do make an effort to monitor this information and update it as needed. This information is also not considered a substitute for treatment from a qualified mental health professional and students are encouraged to reach out to OWU Counseling Services with any questions, concerns, or interest in scheduling an appointment. We can be reached at 740-368-3145 or


The following couple links are great starting places for a person curious to learn more about mental health concerns.

  • Half of Us– This site is an excellent resource addressing a very wide variety of mental health concerns. It was designed for students and is a great place to get guidance for yourself or a friend.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid – Guy Winch

We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or are experiencing nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.


Following is a brief summary of some helpful things to consider as you transition into life at college.




  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.

Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave – Leslie Morgan Steiner

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.


Confessions of a Depressed Comic - Kevin Breel

Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny, and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.



  • Modern Loss – Modern Loss is a place to share the unspeakably taboo, unbelievably hilarious, and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of navigating your life after a death. Beginners welcome.
  • Actively Moving Forward – College students supporting college students who have lost a parent



      *** If you or a friend was sexually assaulted please review this link immediately. ***

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.

Violence Against Women: It’s a Men’s Issue – Jackson Katz

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues—and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all—women and men—to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.


Why Do We Sleep? – Russell Foster

Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist. He studies the sleep cycles of the brain and asks: What do we know about sleep? In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts myths about how much sleep we need at different ages, and hints at bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.


Break the Silence for Suicide Attempt Survivors – J.D. Schramm

Even when our lives appear fine from the outside, locked within can be a world of quiet suffering, leading some to the decision to end their life. At TEDYou, J.D. Schramm asks us to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts, and to create much-needed resources to help people who reclaim their life after escaping death.

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