Emotional Wellness

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Expand the Presence of Embedded Mental Health Counselors Across Campus

The Problem

Each college and department faces different demands and requirements from students. As a result, students in different majors require varying levels of support for mental health or personal concerns. Currently, only a handful of colleges have hired embedded counselors. This leaves the students in colleges without counselors lacking the support of crucial services that help address the mental health of students.

Our Plan

Increasing access to mental health resources is a top priority for Maddie and Sri. As an administration, Maddie and Sri will work with key stakeholders across the university to:

The Impact

Embedded counselors in each college will make counseling more accessible to students and better meet the needs of students.

Improve Scheduling Processes for Mental Health Counseling

The Problem

In order for a student to receive consultation and schedule appointments, there are many steps before students are able to qualify for an on-campus counselor. This fails to address students current mental health concerns and does not acknowledge the support they need in the moment. Receiving help for mental health concerns is a daunting first step for many college students. The university currently has many obstacles to acquiring that support, making it even more overwhelming for the student population.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will formulate a plan with Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) to:

The Impact

Students are able to minimize the time between receiving support for their mental health needs, resulting in students better receiving the help they need.

Streamline and Destigmatize Existing Mental Health Resources

The Problem

Ohio State offers a range of resources for mental health to the student body. From group therapy sessions to eating disorder treatments, services exist for a broad range of student needs. However, marketing of these resources often falls behind. As a result, students are not aware that the resources exist at all or are not sure how to access this service. Because of this, students may not seek help for various mental health concerns despite the availability of resources.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri recognize that amplifying current OSU resources is crucial to helping connect students to necessary mental health services. In partnership with CCS, the Ohio State Suicide Prevention Program, and the Wilce Student Health Center, they will work to:

The Impact

Students facing mental health concerns will have a stronger understanding of which resources are best for them and thus feel more comfortable seeking out help.

Emphasize Faculty Awareness Regarding Mental Health Services

The Problem

Ohio State lacks proper training and resources for faculty in how to discuss, cope with, and access mental health resources for different student needs. The university has many resources provided to support students and faculty, however students and faculty often struggle to easily access and view information on support programs and varying degrees of mental health needs.  Similarly professors and departments do not do an adequate job in holding conversations about mental health or where to reach out for support.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will:

The Impact

Students and faculty are able to utilize campus mental health resources more readily with a better understanding of the variety of CSS support programs.

Standardize the Late Withdrawal Process from the University

The Problem

Students are able to withdraw from courses at the university after ten weeks if they are facing extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are defined as circumstances outside of your control that interfere with your ability to fully engage as a student. This includes but is not limited to: personal or family medical (mental or physical) concerns, legal issues, unexpected change in financial circumstances, and childbirth or adoption. However, the process for students to withdraw from courses after the ten week deadline is confusing due to lack of standardization across the university. The process may vary by college and department. This difficulty causes additional stress on a student’s already exhausting situation.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will collaborate with leaders from advising, the Office of Student Life and Office of Academic Affairs as well as the Council on Enrollment and Student Progress (CESP) in order to:

The Impact

Students who are facing extenuating circumstances and decide to withdraw from courses after the ten week deadline will be able to do so stress-free.

Increase Availability of Mental Health Resources for International Students

The Problem

At Ohio State, international students face unique sets of challenges that are not always understood by domestic students. The stress of being away from home in another country and the numerous other challenges they face create a clear need for international students to have access to specialized mental health services. Despite the issues that arise, many barriers to accessing crucial mental health services exist. Moreover, many of the current services offered do not fully meet the needs of this student population. This lack of resources greatly inhibits the ability of international students to partake in the student experience at Ohio State.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will ensure that international students have ample resources to address their mental health needs. As Student Body President and Vice President, they will call on the university to:

The Impact

By developing resources that more fully meet the needs of international students, international students will face fewer barriers to accessing mental health services.

Implement the Use of an On-Call Mental Health Professional for Residence Halls

The Problem

When a student faces a mental health crisis, Resident Advisors are instructed to call the police to de-escalate the situation. However, the presence of a police officer may worsen the situation for minoritized students. While emergency situations require immediate intervention, Resident Advisors lack proper training to handle non-emergency mental health related concerns. Without a mental health professional to turn to for these situations, students may be left to deal with sensitive mental health problems without the necessary support.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri understand the serious need to properly respond to mental health concerns in residence halls. They will work with the Department of Residence Life and Counseling and Consultation Services to:

The Impact

Utilizing mental health professionals when responding to mental health concerns will reduce police presence in residence halls and will ensure that situations are de-escalated in a manner that responds to the urgency of the situation without worsening the student’s wellbeing.

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