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

Autumn 2021 Semester (click to expand)

September Events

Stress Buster Breaks – every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:15 pm in-person (location TBD) starting Sept 8th to Nov 24th

Healthy Grab and Go Breakfast – In-person, September 2nd, 9 to 11 am, first floor Morrill Hall

Suicide Prevention Week Cookout – September 8th, 11 to 1 pm, outside of Morrill Hall

REACH Suicide Prevention Training – In-person, September 9th, 12:30 to 2 pm, MR 219

You Snooze, You Win – Virtual – Thursday, Sept 23rd – 12:30 to 1:30 pm

October Events

Wellness Screenings – In-person, multiple locations – October 7th, 10:30 to 1:30

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat – In-person – Friday, October 8th – 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Guthery Room

REACH Training – In-person – Wednesday, October 20th – 3 to 4:30pm, MR 160

November Events

You Snooze, You Win – In-person – Thursday, Nov 4th – 12:30 to 1:30 pm, MR 160

Bringing Back Balance – In-person – Tuesdays, Nov 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th – 12:30 to 1:30

December Events

Health Grab and Go Breakfast – In-person, December 8th, 9 to 11 am, Science and Engineering Building

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!