Emotional Wellness Resources

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Need help now?

24-Hour Hotlines:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth)
    1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
  • CDC-INFO (Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline)
    1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
  • Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), press 1
  • Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse)
    1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
  • Important Local Numbers, Ashland, Ohio
  • AU Prayer Request Form
  • Ashland Healthy Mind App
    • At Ashland University there is a place on campus that will help you pursue your academic and personal goals. Personal counseling services are FREE to all students and are designed to enhance the quality of your university experience. Ashland University provides personal, social, academic or career counseling related services to address a variety of student’s needs. Students are also encouraged to get the Ashland Healthy Mind app, available on Android and Apple devices. This app provides tips and tools for stress prevention and management, health services, meditation, calming media, anxiety reduction, and highlights the Ashland University and Community mental health related services. To contact Counseling Services at AU call 419-289-5307.
  • TalkCampus / TalkLife App

    • Ashland University has partnered with TalkCampus, a free app where you can talk with other students from around the world if you’re struggling and worried about your mental health. Your student email address will give you free access, just download TalkCampus from the app stores. It’s tough being a student and we know that you don’t always want to talk to us about how you’re feeling. That’s why we’ve launched TalkCampus, an app that allows you to talk with other students from around the world if you’re struggling and worried about your mental health. Your student email address will give you free access, just download TalkCampus from the app stores. It’s a place just for you -- no staff, no fear of judgment -- just instant ongoing support. Download on Google Play or the App Store.

Additional Resources

AU Psychological Counseling Services


Hawkins Conard Student Center
401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Ashland University provides FREE personal, social, academic and career counseling and related services to address a variety of student's needs including:

    Time management
    Depression management
    Premarital & marital decision making
    Counseling for personal concerns

Dr. Oscar McKnight
Associate Dean of Students
Director, Psychological Counseling Services

Office: 419.289.5307
Fax: 419.289.5209

Students can be assured that personal concerns will be treated as COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL, within the parameters of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the Licensure Board of the State of Ohio.

Someone to talk to on the AU Campus

AU Office of Christian Ministry

Rev. Dr. Charles Neff
Executive Director of Christian Ministries

Sadie Zegarac
Assistant Director

Tiffany Sanders
Administrative Assistant

Rev. Joe Maggelet
Athletics Chaplain

Nate Ediger
Catholic Campus Minister

Fr. John Mulhollan
Catholic Chaplain

Dolly Dong
CCO Campus Minister

Quiet Spaces Available through AU Campus Christian Ministry

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help with maintained focus and clear attention, as well as reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The Jack and Deb Miller Memorial Chapel has several quiet spaces available for the campus community:

  • Prayer Garden
    On the library side of the Chapel is our new prayer garden, featuring beautiful landscaping, artistic elements and benches for resting.
  • Quiet Room
    Directly inside the library entrance of Chapel is our newly renovated Quiet Room. The space includes journals, prayer resources and write-on-the-wall prayer space.
  • Lower & Upper Chapel spaces
    The Upper Chapel sanctuary is open each morning (M-F) 6:30am-8:00am for prayer. Both upper and lower chapel spaces are available for Faculty/Staff use throughout the week, pending there are no previous reservations.  To reserve chapel spaces, contact:
    Lydia Heckert
    Christian Ministry Administrative Assistant

Other Quiet places:

  • Seminary prayer garden
  • Library
AU Campus Support
  • Center for Academic Support
    Ashland University’s Center for Academic Support provides resources to students in a coordinated effort that focuses on the individual needs of our students with an emphasis on academic success. Centrally located on Ashland University’s campus, we offer comprehensive and individualized support services in the following areas: scheduling, accommodations or accessibility, homesickness, roommate troubles, tutoring and advising.
  • Student Accessibility Center
    Accommodations include, but are not limited to: extended time for testing; attendance policy modification; classroom access; signlanguage interpreter service; assistive technology, etc. To Request Accommodations Contact:
    Silvia Henriss
    Director of Disability Services
  • Student Health Center
    The Ashland University Student Health Center strives to provide quality health care for all students. The goal of Student Health Center is to improve students' level of awareness and knowledge and be a partner in their own health. Services provided include but are not limited to:
    • Routine physical exams
    • Care of acute illnesses (fever, cough, sore throat, ear problems, rashes, vomiting)
    • Anxiety
    • GYN exams/pap tests/STI testing/Birth Control
    • Immunizations
    • Loan of medical equipment, such as crutches
Safe Haven Campus Advocate

What can a Campus Advocate do for you?

Safe Haven provides on campus advocacy services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence on the Ashland University campus.

Campus Advocate - TBD

Campus Advocate Office Hours: TBD

Support Group Information: TBD

*This number does not have 24 hour coverage, if you need immediate assistance, please call to speak with an advocate on our 24 hour crisis line: 419.289.8085. In Emergencies, Call 911


Safe Haven: Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence

 Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence

Call ahead for an appointment at 419-282-6097 (during business hours, M-F, 8am-4:30pm). 


If you or someone you know or love is a victim/survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault, help is available 24/7.

Get to a safe place and call someone for help.

  1. Call or come in. Our office can be reached at 419-282-6097 or our 24/7 hotline at 419-289-8085.
  2. We can meet you somewhere. If you feel as though you cannot come to us, one of our trained employees will come to you, or meet at a neutral, safe place.
  3. We’ll figure out where to go from here. Next steps in this process can be scary. Our biggest priority is your health and safety. We’ll work with you to figure out what’s next.
  4. Get the support you need. We stand by you and help you lead a healthier life as you get the care you need.

If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of a loved one, give us a call and we can help you develop a plan to stay safe. All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

We serve all victims of abuse regardless of religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability or special need.

These services are available to you and are always FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.

INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY: If you need someone to confide in, we are available to listen. We can offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk.

TITLE IX ADVOCACY: We can inform you of and support you during the Title IX process. We can go with you to the hearings and assist you by educating and supporting you in the process.

HOSPITAL ADVOCACY: An advocate can go with you to the hospital after a physical or sexual assault. We can answer any questions you may have about the process and what will happen next.

SAFETY PLANNING: Your safety is our top priority. We can help you develop a plan to stay safe.

LEGAL ADVOCACY: If you choose to report your assault to the police, we are here to support you and help you through the reporting and court process.

REFERRALS: We can connect you to any area resources that you may want and refer you to any additional services you may need.

EMERGENCY SHELTER: If you are in need of a safe place to stay due to domestic violence or sexual assault, we can help. We have a 12 bed shelter with private rooms and single restrooms. The shelter is also handicap accessible.

SUPPORT GROUP: We will be having a campus support group starting Fall 2018. Any person who has been affected by sexual violence is welcome to join.

RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network


Whether you're looking for support, information, advice, or a referral, our trained support specialists are ready to help.

National Sexual Assault Hotline. Free. Confidential. 24/7.

800.656.HOPE (4673)  or, Live Chat, online with a trained staff member who can provide you confidential crisis support.

Your privacy and safety are crucial. Please make sure you are in a safe place and that you are using a secure device and Internet connection. Please note that while we have taken numerous measures to keep your communications safe while using our site, no Internet transmission is 100% secure.

Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County

Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County


1605 CR 1095, Ashland, OH 44805
Office: (419) 281-3139
Fax: (419) 281-4988
Crisis : (419) 289-6111

Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741

Email:  ashmhrb@ashlandmhrb.org

Numerous support groups and resources available, events, meetings and trainings held.

ACE information:

https://www.ashlandmhrb.org/ace-study  Ashland video, ACE Score, Resiliency Score.  Read the “Three Legs of the Stool” document, view the ACE video, and use the link to access “Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-help Guide.”

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center

2233 Rocky Lane
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Office: (419) 281-3716 
24 Hour Crisis: 419-289-6111
Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence: 419-289-8085


How We Help:  Crisis Services, Housing, Domestic Violence, Rape Crisis (Safe Haven of Ashland)

Cornerstone Counseling of Ashland

Cornerstone Counseling of Ashland

You'll find a warm, friendly and highly experienced team of counselors available to help you recognize the problems that are holding you back, draining you of your emotional strength, and keeping you from building a full and rewarding life. 

Additional Mental Health Resource Links are included on the website.


502 Claremont Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

New Directions Counseling Center

1575 Marion Ave, Mansfield, OH 44906
Phone: 419-529-9941 or 888-805-1561


Ink Blots videos, Changing Bad Habits Using Self-Hypnosis, Relaxation and Imagery-free CDs to download.

Clean Sweep™ Life Assessment

The Clean Sweep Program is a checklist of 100 items which, when completed, give you complete personal freedom.


ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention.

Ten Stress Management Tips

This course gives you 10 tips to control stress that will improve your physical and emotional health. They range from breathing exercises to communication skills to healthy eating habits. You'll also learn to identify the causes of tension and manage them effectively.

Depression Screening 

Life is too short to spend it unhappy. Take this anonymous self-screening for depression.

Alcohol Screening 

If you consume alcoholic beverages, it's important to know whether your drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful. This site can help you find out. You can assess your own drinking, learn about alcohol and health issues, and find resources for additional help.

Psych Central 

Find sensible information on emotional well being and relationships here. Take interactive quizzes to assess depression, anxiety, attention deficit, eating disorders and more...

Suicidal Warning Signs and How to Help

Suicidal Warning Signs and How to Help

For immediate help use the National Suicide Hotline.

National Suicide Hotline 



There are many different warning signs that are associated with suicide. They could be due to a number of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, and eating disorders. Learn the warning signs and how to prevent someone who may be considering suicide. 

Stop a Suicide Today

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Chat now:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Learn the warning signs of suicide and what you can do to help yourself and others.

Suicide is an individual, family and community public health crisis with more than 40,000 people dying in America each year. But suicide can be stopped. 70% of people tell someone or give warning signs before taking their own life. Learn the warning signs and how to ACT to save a life.

It Gets Better

It Gets Better Project

The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth)
866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

The It Gets Better Project inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there, and it will get better.

Watch an endless stream of inspiring stories shared by people just like you. Visit our Get Help page to find LGBTQ+ youth support services in your community. Or, sign our pledge to commit to a world where all LGBTQ+ are free to live equally and know their worthiness and power as individuals!

Tim Gunn’s message: https://youtu.be/9GGAgtq_rQc

Love on a Mission

Love on a Mission

Facebook:  Love on a Mission LGBTQ Youth
PO Box 2541
Mansfield, Ohio
Founded in 2015


A non profit organization working to provide a safe place for our LGBTQ youth. Our goal is have our own facility and also have available an emergency bed shelter for those that find themselves homeless after coming out to their families.

JED Foundation

JED Foundation

6 E 39th Street, Suite 1204
New York, NY 10016
TEL:(212) 647-7544 / FAX:(212) 647-7542


JED exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.

Some JED programs…

Set to Go - Preparing for college is more than just academics and testing.  Being emotionally ready creates the greatest opportunity for success.  Here you'll find information, tools and guidance to help you thrive as you get ready to leave high school.

Half of Us - Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24. Nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment. When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage help-seeking, we can change and save lives. Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.

ULifelineFeeling Overwhelmed?  Videos may help.

Video:  “Emotional Health 101”


How You Can 'Seize the Awkward'

Feeling Overwhelmed?  “Find Ways to Press Pause” videos (negative news, overload) www.halfofus.com/presspause

Love is Louder is a community of people working together to create a world where we all feel more connected and supported.  Join our email list or follow us on social media below to get updates and more ways to get involved. 

Learn More:  Facts on various topics (alcohol, bipolar, stress, emotional health…)

Wellness habits (sleep, exercise, relationships…), websites, news, articles, ask experts

Help a Friend & Self Evaluator. The Self Evaluator was developed for ULifeline by Duke University School of Medicine and screens for thirteen of the most common mental health conditions that college students face. This screening does not provide a diagnosis, but identifies problems that could be impacting thoughts, feelings and behaviors

Mental Health America
Other Emotional Wellness Resources

The Beck depression inventory can be self-scored.  Results are not diagnoses and people with high results should seek professional help

notOK App

notOK App


The notOK App™ is a digital panic button that takes the guesswork out of asking for help when you're feeling vulnerable. It's okay to be notOK!

The Recovery Village

Adjusting to new environments and new people, along with many other aspects of student life can increase the risk of college substance abuse. In fact, according to a study at Columbia University, almost 50 percent of full-time college students admit to binge drinking or abusing prescription drugs and almost a quarter of those students met the medical definition of having a substance abuse dependency.

At the Recovery Village, we strive to be a helpful resource by connecting those battling addiction and their families with the help they need to get their lives back on track.