The Ohio State University at Marion

Counseling and Wellness Services

Services for students are available through telemental health appointments via Zoom. Mental health concerns or stressful events can lead to diminished academic performance or a reduction in the ability to function well. If you or a student you know is struggling with life on or off-campus, help is available by calling (740) 725-6349 or emailing Leslie Beary ( or Ellen Thomas ( If you are in crisis call 9-1-1. To speak to someone outside of normal office hours, students can reach the OSU After-Hours Line at (614) 292-5766. Help is also available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling (800) 273-8255 or contacting Crisis Text Line by texting 4Hope to 741-741.

Preparing for a Healthy and Productive Semester:

The start of each semester is a transition for everyone, whether you are a returning student or new to our campus. Allow yourself time to acclimate and settle into a routine. Establishing a set schedule and following these tips will help you find a balance and manage the stress that goes along with being a college student.

  • Set goals
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night
  • Manage your time! Create a thorough schedule
  • Exercise
  • Make a new friend and connect with others on campus
  • Know who you are and be true to yourself

Who is Eligible for Counseling and Wellness Services?

The Office of Counseling and Wellness is a resource that is available to all Ohio State University at Marion students. Services are free, confidential and easy to schedule. Common reasons students request services, include:

  • Feeling stressed out or anxious
  • Feeling down or depressed
  • Relationship concerns
  • Sleep problems
  • To complete a wellness screening
  • Past or current trauma experiences
  • Sexual Orientation/Identification
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Struggles with time management
  • Concerns about substance use
  • Perfectionism
  • Resource referrals

Scheduling an Appointment

The easiest way to schedule an appointment is to email Leslie ( or Ellen ( Every effort is made to have the student seen within a few days to a week of the initial contact. In the first appointment, students can expect to begin the conversation to discuss what is troubling them and explore ideas/treatment that will lead to a resolution. Students guide the process related to the frequency and duration of the counseling process.

Leslie Beary, MSW, LISW-S

Manager of Mental Health & Wellness Services

Leslie J. Beary is a Licensed Independent Social worker with Supervision Endorsement licensed through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Leslie earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. She has worked extensively in community mental health, trauma and intervening with psychiatric crises. Leslie’s role on the Marion campus is to assist students with life’s challenges and foster wellness, leading to academic success.

Ellen Thomas, MS, LSW

Mental Health & Wellness Counselor

Ellen is a Licensed Social worker with 23 years of clinical experience. She loves working with college students and helping them address stress, challenges, and mental health symptoms in order to feel better sooner than later and improve functioning. She specializes in trauma treatment and believes that decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health is one of the best things you can do to help students reach out for help.

Need Help Now? Crisis/Hotlines

OSU After Hours Hotline (8:00 pm - 8:00 am and weekends: (614) 292-5766. OSU students can speak to a license mental health counselor after hours to receive support, guidance and resources.

Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741 741 and a trained crisis counselor will respond within 5 minutes via text message to assist you.

National Suicide Prevention LifeLife: Available 24/7 (800) 273-8255

Upcoming Events

September 2020 (click to expand)

Suicide Prevention Week: September 7th – 11th

  • Natalie’s Message, Tuesday September 8th, virtual presentation
Natalie’s mom, Sheryl Weber, shares the story about losing her daughter to suicide. Learn about risks, warning signs, and resources to help prevent suicide. To register or for questions, email Leslie Beary, Use this Zoom link to connect:

Meeting ID: 917 2294 2069
Password: 467101

  • Positive messaging sidewalk chalk, September 8th – 11th
When on campus this week, look for the sidewalk chalk stations and contribute to our Culture of Caring. Create beautiful art and share uplifting and positive messaging to remind each other that we all make a difference and that every person should be seen and valued. Feel free to post your work and tag @OSUMarion!

Stress Buster Breaks: Wednesdays (September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30), 12:45-1:30 pm.

Join this mid-week virtual break to refocus and reset! Each week, learn a new stress management technique and be guided through a wonderful, calming, relaxation exercise. Use this Zoom link to connect:

Marion Campus Food Pantry: Organized and operated by the Buckeye Food Alliance (BFA), the Marion Campus Food Pantry is open Mondays and Thursdays. The pantry is located on the first floor west hallway in Morrill Hall. It is easy to register (two forms located at the pantry) to have access to the pantry for the academic year. Please direct questions or to join the Buckeye Food Alliance student organization, please email Leslie Beary,

The Friendly Fridge Project: The Friendly Fridge is located on the first floor, west hallway of Morrill Hall (near the pantry). The fridge is open during Morrill Hall hours and the contents are available for students to help themselves. Take what you can use and be considerate of others who can use some too. A new and improved Friendly Fridge is on its way and will be available to students the week of September 7th.

Fresh Express Produce Market: Students can reserve a free, fresh produce box that will be delivered to campus for convenient, no contact pick up, twice a month beginning September 15th. More details to come regarding how to reserve your box!

Let’s Talk/Zoom Drop- in!: Mondays (September 14, 21, 28). Have a question? Interested in a consultation? Need to get something off your mind? Drop-in to our “no appointment needed Zoom Room for a quick conversation! Connect using this link:

Meeting ID: 967 7567 5790
Password: 969045”

Veteran's Support

University Resources

Visit the Ohio State Marion Veteran's webpage

The Office for Military and Veteran's Services on the Columbus Campus

Veteran's Administration Resources

To enroll for VA Services:


Chat online with a VA Counselor:

1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Online Resources

Consultation and Assessment Team (CAT)

Set to Go: Transition from High School to College or call 2-1-1
Information and referral to health & human
services in Marion County

Self Assessment

Complete an anonymous, online mental wellness screening (a check-up from the neck up!)

Marion Campus Food Pantry

Organized and operated by the Buckeye Food Alliance student organization.

Hours of Operation: TBD

How to support the pantry with a Kroger Community Rewards Card

Please direct questions about the pantry to

Students! Reserve a Free, Fresh Produce Box to be delivered to campus for a no contact pick up on the following dates: September 23th October 14th & 28th November 12th Email Leslie Beary ( to reserve your box and receive more information!