The Hocking College Counseling Center is staffed by Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. The counseling center helps promote the psychological health and well-being of our student population in order to foster academic success. Students come to the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons including study/test taking concerns, learning/attention difficulties, stress/anxiety reduction, relationship concerns, depression, suicidal concerns, family issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual concerns and grief and loss. We also provide appropriate referrals for those students experiencing serious mental health issues. Counseling services, received at Hocking College, are offered to currently enrolled students, and are provided at no charge.

Getting Started

Initial consultations typically occur as walk-in appointments. Regular hours are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Oakley Hall Room 210. After hours are offered Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. To access on campus counseling services during after hours, please visit the Hocking College Police Department.

The Counseling Center will do its best to see each student who comes during these times. However on days when there is an unusually high demand, there is a possibility that a student may be asked to return to the next day's walk-in or schedule an appointment. For more information about the Counseling Center call 740.753.6564. To schedule an appointment please call 740.656.0065. This number is for scheduling appointments only. Messages will be returned within 24 business hours, during operating hours.

In case of emergency always call 911 or Campus Safety 740.753.6598. You can also call Hopewell Health’s 24 hour Mental Health Crisis hotline at 1.888.475.8484, to speak with a live person.

Services

  • Individual Counseling

    The Counseling Center offers brief individual therapy to students for a variety of personal concerns. Most students who are able to meet their goals quickly are seen for one or two sessions. Many students find that the initial meeting itself is all they need to explore and clarify their feelings and options. For students requesting more intensive treatment and diagnostic assessment, a individualized service plan will be developed in collaboration with the student to better address their needs.

  • Consultation and Crisis Intervention

    Counselors are available during normal working hours to consult with students, faculty, staff, parents or others who are concerned about the well-being of a Hocking College student. Counselors are also trained to assist students in the aftermath of campus crisis or tragedies. Please note that if you believe a student is at imminent risk of harm to self or others, please call 911 or Campus Safety 740.753.6598, immediately and request a wellness check.

  • Referral

    Students may be referred to resources, offering other services from those available through the Counseling Center. Referrals may be made to other on-campus services or to community professionals. Referral service's costs are not covered by Hocking College.

What to do if you don’t think help can wait?

Signs That Someone is In Crisis and Needs Immediate Help

  • Suicidal statements or behaviors/attempts
  • Homicidal threats, threats of physical harm, assault, or destruction of property
  • Inability to communicate:
    • unclear speech
    • thoughts disjointed, nonsensical
  • Disoriented thoughts:
    • disconnected to reality
    • rambling speech
  • Appears to be hallucinating:
    • seeing or hearing things which are not there
  • Extreme panic or manic behavior:
    • unable to sit still
    • strong pacing
    • rocking
    • other intense movements
  • Talking so rapidly it's hard to follow. Usually combined with:
    • statements not making sense
    • hallucinations
    • bizarre thoughts
  • Being so drunk or high that he/she appears ready to do something dangerous:
    • Leap out a window
    • Walk into traffic
  • Statement by the student that s/he needs help immediately.

If you are unsure if someone is in danger of harming themselves or others, don’t hesitate to call 911, or Campus Safety, 740.753.6598. They are well-trained and able to do wellness checks on individuals of concern. It is better to be safe and a little embarrassed than to ignore a potential life threatening situation.

When calling:

  • Calmly explain the nature of the emergency, such as:
    • I have a student who is acting aggressively towards others
    • a student just emailed me a suicide note
  • Provide the dispatcher with the individual’s name and location.
  • Do not approach someone who is armed or engaging in aggressive behaviors, call for help.

What should I do, if someone is upset, but not in immediate danger?

Talk to them about your concerns and the need for help. Actively listen to what they have to say. When you talk, use a calm voice and relaxed body posture. Don't interrupt. Show that you are listening, and are happy to hear what the person has to say. A good way to show you have understood is to reflect out loud on what the person has said: “so, you’re very worried about that,” for instance. Accept their response – don’t criticize or argue with them. If you think something else is advisable, such as a medical check-up, calmly explain why.

  • Recommend going to Hocking College’s Counseling Center during walk-in hours.
  • Encourage the student to call the Hocking College Counseling Center, 740.753.6564, for more information about receiving counseling services.
  • They may also call the Hopewell Health Mental Health Crisis Hotline to speak with a live person at 1.888.475.8484, available 24 hours per day.
  • If the individual begins presenting with crisis symptoms, call the Campus Police, or 911, for more immediate support.

How To Help A Student In Distress

If you notice a student appears to be in distress, in a safe place, talk to them and try to understand why he/she is feeling this way. Be willing to listen with caring and without judgment. Let the student know that you are there to talk, and what they have to say is important, but that anything that depending on what is said, it may have to be reported for their safety and safety of others. Remember you are not expected to assist students with resolving their personal issues. You are there to help link any student in need to a qualified mental health professional. Please note, If the student of concern is exhibiting a direct or immediate threat to themselves, or you think they might be, because they are saying things like: "I want this to be over," "I don’t want to wake up any more," "I don’t see a purpose" etc.), call Campus Police, 740.753.6598, or 911, for immediate support.

Guidelines for Consultations/Referrals

After listening to the student, ask if they have ever thought about counseling and explain how it might be helpful. Provide information about how to access services through the Counseling Center. If the student is willing, you can take a more active role in getting the person help by walking them to the Counseling Center during operating office hours or assisting them with setting up an appointment. You may also call the Counseling Center, or drop by our offices, and ask to speak to a counselor regarding a possible referral. We understand that you may be interested in the progress of the student. However, we are bound by our code of ethics and HIPAA privacy laws. We cannot say whether a student is being seen here, has kept an appointment, or discuss their treatment without a valid release of information.

Additional Mental Health Resources

  • ULifeline for Hocking College

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

Cutting, Self Injury, and Suicide Prevention Resources

  • Safe Alternatives

    A nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and education resource base, which is committed to helping individual achieve an end to self-injurious behaviors. Call 1.800.DONTCUT (366-8288) or email, info@selfinjury.com, for information on seeking help.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1.800.273.8255 (24/7). Veterans: Press 1 for Veterans Crisis Hotline.

  • The Crisis Text Line

    The Crisis Text Line that serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works: Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

  • The Trevor Project

    The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people ages 13-24. Call 1.866.488.7386 (24/7). Live Chat with the Trevor Project (Daily 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST).

Sexual Assault Resources

  • The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP)

    A community resource serving Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, and Vinton counties. They have a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, is available if someone needs immediate advocate support, if they are unable to come in during our office hours, or feel more comfortable speaking over the phone. Over the phone, they can request hospital, law enforcement, or legal advocacy and/or accompaniment. They can ask for more information concerning community-based supportive services, or they can just simply talk about your experiences and feelings. Advocates are there to help someone decide how they would like to move forward, NOT to decide for them. By utilizing their hotline services, they will be in no way obligated to seek medical treatment nor report their experience to the police. Call 740.591.4266, the SAOP 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, to speak with an Advocate.

  • RAINN

    The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Their website has a host of resources available including a national hotline and chat room. Call 1.800.656.4673 (HOPE).

Dating Abuse & Domestic Violence Resources

  • Love Is Respect

    Break the Cycle, a prevention education organization, and the National Dating Abuse Hotline collaborated to create the www.loveisrespect.org website. The site offers online quizzes where you can get information on how healthy or unhealthy your relationship might be as well as skill building information on communication and conflict resolution and how to get help when you decide you need it. You can live chat anonymously with a trained counselor (7 days/week, 5 p.m. - 3 a.m. EST). If you need immediate assistance call 1.866.331.9474/tty: 1.866.331.8453, to speak to a peer advocate (24/7). You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233 (24/7)

  • My Sister’s Place

    A local shelter and outreach program serving survivors of domestic violence. If you are experiencing emotional, sexual, or physical abuse in a relationship, counseling services are available to you at no cost. Licensed counselors are available at flexible hours and in confidential settings in Athens, Hocking, and Vinton Counties. My Sister’s Place also offers emergency shelter, court advocacy, and a hotline that is available 24 hours a day. They are LGBT friendly and do assist men in troubling situations as well. Call 1.800.443.3402 (24/7).

LGBTQ Support Resources

  • The Ohio University LGBTA Center

    The Ohio University LGBTA Center has a list of resources for the LGBTA community. Whether it’s finding friendly housing in the Athens area, safe medical assistance as a transgender person, or a gender neutral bathroom, they can help you find what you need. Stop in at the Baker Center, or check out their resources page on-line. You don’t have to be a student to hang out, find friends, or get help here.

  • GLBT National Youth Talk

    The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Talkline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources across the United States. All services are free and confidential. We speak with teens and young adults up to age 25 about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more! Call 1.800.246.7743 (Monday - Friday, 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. EST, Saturday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST) or Email, help@GLBThotline.org.

  • Pandora’s Project

    Their website includes chat rooms for LGBTQ sexual assault survivors (among others), resource lists by country and state, and a searchable library of freely downloadable articles.

Resources for Eating Disorders

Child Abuse Resources

  • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

    The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24/7 with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential. Call 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453).

Resources for Reproductive and Other Health Issues

  • Pregnancy Resource Center, On Court

    The Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County is a locally organized and funded, non-profit organization that serves Athens and the surrounding counties. They offer a variety of FREE services to meet the needs of our community and are here to help with whatever concerns you may have. As you consider your options, trained consultants and staff will listen to your situation, assist with problem solving, and help provide direction and needed resources. Please call 1.740.592.4700 for more information.

  • Athens Area AIDS Task Force

    The Athens Area AIDS Task Force is located at United Campus Ministry at 18 N. College and can be reached at 740-592-4397. They provide assistance of all types to folks dealing with HIV and AIDS, including help navigating medical services as well as assistance finding friendly housing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, etc.

Additional Mental Health Resources and Support

  • NAMI – Athens, Ohio
  • Do you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with, or whom you feel might have, a mental illness? There is hope. NAMI Athens can help. To quickly get advice or support, Call 1.740.593.7424 or Email: namiathens@gmail.com. You can like the NAMI Athens Facebook page, to receive information and announcements, or leave public comments and questions. They offer many services including a Suicide Bereavement Support Group and Family Support Group.

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