The Ohio State University at Marion

Counseling and Wellness Services

Mission Statement

The Counseling and Wellness Services on the Ohio State Marion campus are provided as a support to assist all students with living a healthy and balanced life, in order to achieve academic goals.

Life tends to challenge all of us in a variety of ways. If these challenges are affecting your academic performance, you could benefit by talking with someone in a private and confidential setting. Whether your problem is big or small, always remember it is okay to ask for help! Some students come to counseling for issues such as (but not limited to): Nervousness/worry, Unhappiness, Feeling overwhelmed, Suicidal thoughts, Anger, Alcohol and drug issues, Someone to talk to, Grief and loss issues.

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 (Begin with the end in mind)
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night (Sharpen the saw)
  • Manage your time! Create a thorough schedule (Put first things first)
  • Exercise (Sharpen the Saw)
  • Make a new friend and connect with others on campus (Synergize)
  • Know who you are and be true to yourself (Be proactive)

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. Services include: Diagnosis and treatment of mental health and substance use problems; psychoeducational groups, wellness screenings, referrals to resources and community providers. Common topics that are addressed at the Counseling and Wellness Office are: Anxiety, depression, relationship stressors, time management, sleep problems, LGBTQ concerns, past traumas, suicidal thinking, perfectionism, and generally feeling overwhelmed.

Intake appointments are usually scheduled within a few days of the initial request, accommodating the student's schedule . The first appointment involves starting the conversation about the problem and exploring ideas that will lead to a resolution. Students guide the process related to the frequency and duration of the counseling process. Some students are seen one time and others multiple times, with the primary focus on helping students to feel better sooner, rather than later.

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Scheduling an Appointment

Counseling services are available for free to Ohio State Marion students enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis. To schedule a free, confidential appointment, contact:

Leslie Beary, MSW, LISW-S
Mental Health & Wellness Counselor
- or - Cathy McClain

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

Upcoming Events

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Interested in keeping in the loop about our upcoming events? Sign up for text alerts and reminders about Counseling and Wellness events: Just text @bewell to 81010.

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)

Resources & 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.

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Delaware County

Franklin County

Marion County

Morrow County

Online Resources

Consultation and Assessment Team (CAT) or call 2-1-1
Information and referral to health & human
services in Marion County or call 2-1-1
Information and referral to health & human services in Wyandot County