Mental Health & Wellbeing

The Counseling Services department provides confidential and free support for Southern State students experiencing a wide variety of problems including stress, anxiety, depression, suicide, relationship problems, and many more. Appointments are available at all locations. Flexible times available upon request. Counseling hours available via appointment. Contact any Campus Location to schedule your appointment. Confidential appointments can be obtained by calling ext. 2825.

Impact Student Life Assistance. Call 866-780-0855 for live support.

The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health understands that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having a major impact on colleges and universities in our state and throughout the nation. As our state leadership has made some drastic decisions, we are in agreement that these decisions are vital and necessary for the safety of everyone. The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health is also in agreement with national recommendations for maintaining mental health during this pandemic. Please see below for recommendations, guidelines and tips that we thought would be important to share.

The Jed Foundation (JED) Recommendations:

  • The Child Mind Institute has published a resource on how to talk to young people about COVID-19.
  • The Hope Center has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
  • The American College Health Association has created a guide to help college health staff and campus administrators address COVID-19 on campus.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has information on travel, media resources, and other research on COVID-19.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.

Tips and resources related to mental health and social distancing/isolation:

The CDC offers many helpful links as our nation navigates this virus:

TED Talks:

In addition, we invite you to view The Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health 2018-2020 recorded webinars via their YouTube channel. We also encourage you to engage in self-care, manage your media exposure, and stay connected with resources and networks.

Counseling Services

One-on-one counseling services to its students and family members:

  • Tom Payton - Coordinator, Career & Counseling Services
  • 800.628.7722 x2713 (Office)
  • 740.505.1123 (Cell)
  • tpayton@sscc.edu

These services are completely free, are available at all campuses and include:

  • Counseling for adjustment to life changes
  • Couples counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Job loss
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management skills training
  • Time management skills training

Visit the Counseling Services webpage for additional counseling services information.

Visit our Maintaining Mental Health During The COVID-19 Pandemic webpage for helpful resources, recommendations, guidelines, and tips.

The Ohio CareLine 1-800-720-9616 and
Crisis Text Line "4HOPE" TO 741741 for support services