The Otterbein Counseling Center (OCC)
OCC offers year-round psychological health care to all students. Treatment is provided within the context of a brief therapy model. Services include intake assessment, urgent sessions, and counseling. When appropriate, we make referrals for medication consultations, specialized services, or longer-term therapy. The OCC staff have specialized education and experience in addressing the developmental needs unique to college students.
1) Call center directly, 614.823.1333
2) Online: www.otterbein.edu/counseling
3) Walk-in: 146 W. Home St.
When to consider a referral to counseling
Faculty and staff work with students over a period of many weeks and therefore are in a position to notice when a student's behavior changes. If you see or read something unusual, have a conversation with the student. Tell them specifically what behaviors are causing your concern. Reassure them they are not in trouble, and that you want to help. If the behaviors are included in the list below, suggest they contact someone in the Counseling Center.
How to make a referral
The Counseling Center is located at 146 W. Home St.
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Contact p/ 614.823.1333
Students seek help in these and other areas...
FACULTY/STAFF Referral for URGENT Counseling Evaluation
Do you believe this student can refrain from harm of self or other until they could come for a counseling appointment at 3:00 or 3:30 pm today?
If no, call 911 for immediate evaluation. Stay with your student until EMS arrives. If you are fearful for your own or others safety, call Otterbein Police at 614.823.1222 for immediate help.
If unsure, call Counseling Center at 614.823.1333, or Student Affairs, 614.823.1250 and request a staff consultation
If yes, call the Counseling Center and share that you are referring a student for an urgent walk-in appointment. Give a brief summary of your concerns.
Resources to provide students:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1.800.273.8255
Mental Health Crisis Text Line - text 4HOPE to 741741
Food Insecurity and Basic Life Needs
Food insecurity has “increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses and can pose a significant barrier to student success” (Hughes et.al. 2011). Universities across the country are opening food banks to help alleviate the challenges associated with food insecurity so that students can remain in school and earn their degrees.
In response to the growing national trend of hunger on campus and the roadblocks identified by Otterbein students, the Promise House was opened in April 2016!
Location: 86 W. Home Street Commons Apartment Complex Lounge
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
p/ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
24-Hour Crisis Text Line
Text: 4HOPE to 741741
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.