The Counseling Center works closely with mental health providers in the local community to offer students easy access to appropriate levels of care. Students may be referred for specialized care for a particular diagnosis, or for longer term, ongoing therapy. Students are encouraged to contact providers directly or work with Counseling Center staff to set up an appointment. A list of Local Mental Health Providers (PDF) (located in Westerville) is provided here for you convenience. Please note these providers are not officially affiliated with Otterbein University and the student/family will be responsible for any counseling fees. Many providers accept most forms of insurance.
Please let your counselor know if you find any of the following resources helpful. Together, we can incorporate the findings into your counseling sessions.
General mental health resources
- Mental Health America of Franklin County - 614.221.1441 works to promote mental health and improve the lives of those affected by mental health issues through advocacy, education and support services.
- Half of Us is a multi-media website dedicated to mental health education, reducing stigma and exploring resources available on campus for students and their friends.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families.
- Netcare - 614.276.2273 provides 24-hour mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention, stabilization and assessment for Franklin County, Ohio residents. Services are available to anyone, regardless of the ability to pay.
- ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource offering college students information about mental health and other health concerns and suicide prevention. It also gives students the ability to ask questions and seek help.
Mobile apps can be effective tools that make therapy more accessible, efficient and portable for those with anxiety disorders, depression, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other related disorders. Professionals at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) describe and rate apps such as Headspace, Pacifica, Self-Help Anxiety Management, What's My M3, PTSD Coach, T2 Mood Tracker, MindShift, WorryWatch, Breathe2Relax, MoodKit and more. Learn more here.
Staff Pick Mobile Apps
Below is a list of several apps that different members of the Counseling Center staff have used to help students achieve their goals:
Stop, Breathe, & Think: A mindfulness-based app that allows you to check in with your feelings throughout the day and provides a brief, guided meditation focusing on how you are feeling in the moment. Free to sign up and use, but offers in app purchases for extra guided meditations.
Optimism: This app is useful for tracking triggers, coping skills, healthy habits and goals. This app offers online capabilities for easier customization. May be helpful for those who want to spend time each day tracking activities, in order to get a better understanding of themselves.
24-Hour Text Line
Crisis Text Line - TEXT "START" to 741-741. The free, 24/7, confidential, Crisis Text Line serves anyone in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 emotional support and information via text. Here's how it works:
- Text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
- A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
- The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals - all through text message using Crisis Text Line's secure platform.