The Ohio State University at Marion

Counseling and Wellness Services

Feel free to wear a mask to your appointment, if you are unwell please email us to reschedule your appointment

Services for students are available through tele-mental health appointments via Zoom and in-person. 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 Farrell ( If you are in crisis call 9-1-1. To speak to someone outside of normal office hours, students can reach the Ohio State 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 Farrell, 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

Check Up from the Neck Up

Do you see any of the above symptoms in your functioning? Are there other areas that you would like to get more information or receive feedback about? Take our confidential, online, mental wellness screening here to get more information. It is quick, easy, and takes just a few minutes. After you complete it, feel free to contact our Counseling and Wellness Center to get any questions answered, or to schedule an appointment with us.

Complete an anonymous, online mental wellness screening.

Upcoming Events


22: 12:30 -1:30 pm, You’re Worth It! (Engage in Healthy Relationships), TBA

21, 28: 12:30 – 1:30 pm, MINDSTRONG Group, virtual (link sent upon registration)

28, 29, 30: DeStress Fest Activities (look for DeStress calendar)

30: 9:00-11:00 am, Grab & Go Healthy Breakfast, MSE


1, 5, 6, 7: DeStress Fest Activities (look for DeStress calendar)


For questions about any events or information regarding registration please contact Leslie Beary ( or Ellen Farrell (

Visit the new Exhale Room

Students can hop over to relax and have a few moments in their day to breathe in our Exhale Room! The Exhale Room is open 9 to 5 M-F and students are welcome to take a few minutes to enjoy aromatherapy, guided meditation, bean bag chairs and more! No reservation is needed, come check it out! Maynard 200C.

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

Marion Campus Food Pantry

Organized and operated by the Buckeye Food Alliance student organization.

Hours of Operation:

Alber Student Center
Monday: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Connections Center, 143 Bryson Hall
Monday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

How to support the pantry with a Kroger Community Rewards Card

Please direct questions about the pantry to