Mental Health

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest Emergency Room, Emergency Department, or call 911. Find additional crisis support services here.

Mental health is a critical component of our overall health and wellness. Ohio State understands that members of the LGBTQ+ community often face unique mental health challenges; a variety of general and LGBTQ-specific mental health services are available on- and off-campus for Ohio State students, faculty and staff seeking support.

Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service

Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) provides drop-in and by-appointment counseling for Ohio State students. Whether you are seeking support in a one-on-one setting or looking for a support group, we encourage you to explore CCS’ approach to LGBTQ+ mental health care and to take advantage of their services:

  • Let’s Talk: provides drop-in, informal mental health consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s FREE and CONFIDENTIAL and open to all currently registered Ohio State students. It's a great option for students who may not need traditional counseling, but who could benefit from one-on-one support and consultation.

    You may choose a specific counselor, or you can select the first available time. Therapists that specialize in LGBTQ+  concerns include:

    • Ven Palmieri (Ph.D.) - Specializes in LGBTQ issues, sex and sexual wellness, polyamorous/non-monogamous relationships, neurodiversity (e.g., autism, ADHD), students with disabilities, cultural identity development and exploration, political anxiety, sustainable social justice activism, systems-level interventions, prevention psychology, training and supervision.

    • Sarah Peters (Psy.D.) - Specializes in anxiety, trauma, and LGBTQ+ concerns.

    • Harry Warner (M.A., LPCC-S) - Specializes in LGBTQ+ concerns.

  1. Queer Grad Group: a group that focuses on the social and emotional needs of graduate and professional students of any gender expression, identity, or cultural background who identify as queer and/or LGBTQ+.

  2. Queer Undergraduate Group: a group that focuses on supporting positive mental health and social connectedness among undergraduate students who identify as queer.

  3. Transgender and Non-Binary Group: a group for undergraduate and graduate students who are exploring their gender identity or who identify as transgender or gender diverse.

  • Mental Health Support resources available to meet mild, moderate, and severe concerns.
  • Mental Health Community Provider Database – search for private mental health care providers in the communities surrounding The Ohio State University campuses. Searches can be filtered by gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and more.

Mental Healthcare Financial Assistance

The Student Advocacy Center is currently able to provide financial assistance to students experiencing a financial barrier to seeking mental health treatment, or who are struggling financially as a result of recent mental health care costs. This funding helps make mental health care more affordable and alleviate the stress of outstanding, mental health-related debts. Awards can be up to $1,500. Learn more and apply.

The following organizations have mental health funds that offer free or reduced-cost mental health services:

Employee Assistance Program

All eligible Ohio State faculty and staff members on the OSU Health Plan have access to the Employee Assistance Program. Mental health services provided under the Employee Assistance Program include stress management, grief and change counseling, stress awareness and reduction training and individual and couples counseling. We encourage our faculty and staff, including those who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community, to become familiar with and take advantage of the free services provided under the Employee Assistance Program.

Additional Support at Ohio State

The following programs and resources at Ohio State and in the community are available to members of the LGBTQ+ community:

SilverCloud: an online, interactive mental health resource that provides students with cognitive behavioral skills and strategies accessible 24/7.

Ohio State Wellness app: find resources, connect to support, set goals and build healthy habits.

Wexner Medical Center:

The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program: serves to engage and support students, staff, and faculty in suicide prevention efforts.

To search for additional Ohio State mental health resources, visit the Health and Wellness Resource Guide.

Find Providers

For even more resources, check out these LGBTQ-Specific Resources from Live Another Day.

Hotlines and Crisis Services

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest Emergency Room, Emergency Department, or call 911. Find additional crisis support services here.

Local Services

Trans Care Connect Warm Line: From TransOhio, this resource is a free and confidential peer support phone and messaging service for the Ohio trans community. Trained volunteers are available to provide a listening ear, emotional support, and information on resources.

  • Call or text 866-708-6446

Netcare Access: offers 24-hour mental health and substance abuse crisis and assessment services.

  • Call 614-276-2273
  • Visit the Netcare Access Crisis Center at 199 S. Central Avenue in Columbus

Franklin County Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Center: provides a safe and secure location offering a full array of services with integrated peer support.

  • Call 614-224-1057

Franklin Country Suicide Prevention Hotline: serves to decrease the occurrence of suicide in the Franklin County community.

  • Call or text 614-221-5445
National Services

LGBT National Help Center: provides peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

  • Call the LGBT National Hotline at 888-843-4564

  • Call the LGBT National Youth Talkline (for those age 25 and younger) at 800-246-7743

The Trevor Project: provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ young people.

  • Call TrevorLifeline at 866-488-7386

  • Text START to 678-678

Trans Lifeline Hotline: a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers.

  • Call 877-565-8860

THRIVE Lifeline: a trans-led crisis text line staffed by people in STEMM with marginalized identities.

  • Text “THRIVE” to 313-662-8209

BlackLine: provides a space for peer support, crisis counseling, reporting of mistreatment, and witnessing and affirming the lived experiences of folks who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black Femme Lens. BlackLine is a hotline geared towards Black, Brown, Native, Muslim, and LGBTQI communities. However, no one will be turned away from the Hotline.

  • Call or text 1-800-604-5841 

Desi LGBTQ+ Helpline for ​South Asians Mental Health Care (DeQH): free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources for LGBTQ+ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe.

  • Call 908-367-3374

Sovereign Bodies Support Line: 24/7 confidential support line for Indigenous crisis support, access to direct services, and healthcare referrals

  • Call or Text 707-335-6263

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

  • Call or text 988

Crisis Text Line: serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via text.