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Dealing with Stressors in Life
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The James Music Schedule November 18-24

Monday November 18th
TnT Acoustic Duo
James Lobby

Sophia Tobias, Murielle Marra, and Rachel Cacchillo- Saxophone Trio
James Lobby

Tuesday November 19th
Ni Yan and Leslie Maaser- Harp and Flute
James Lobby

Wednesday November 21st
Lane Champa Violin
James Lobby

Wednesday November 21st (cont.)
Ginevra Pintor- Vocalist
James Lobby

Thursday November 22nd
No Performances

Friday November 23rd
No Performances

Student Mental Wellness Resources

Student Mental Health Wellness Resources 

School can be a very stressful time. As a student, sometimes we can get overwhelmed with classes, exams, and work. It is even more important during these times that we are aware of our health, including mental health, so we can be proactive in our own wellness and reach out for guidance when needed. Below is a menu of resources available to College of Pharmacy students within in our college and across campus. 

In-House College of Pharmacy Psychologist 

Shawn Levstek is an embedded psychologist in the College of Pharmacy for our students. 

  • Works with students to address any mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, substance use, eating disorders, trauma, and more. 
  • Refers students to connect with other resources as appropriate, including mental health providers in the community, psychotherapy groups, medication providers, or LD/ADHD testing. 
  • Office is located in Riffe 142, Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:00-5:00. 
  • To schedule an appointment, please email: 

Counseling and Consultation Service 

This service has two locations on campus; the 4th floor of the Younkin Success Center, and the 10th floor of Lincoln Tower.  

Counseling Center 

The Counseling Center offers  

Department of Psychology 

The department of psychology offers Psychological Services, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and addiction recovery services to both students and members of the community: 

Couples and Family Therapy 

Ohio State has a Couples and Family Therapy clinic on campus: 

Community Provider Database 

This database contains hundreds of clinicians and allows one to search for mental health providers in the Columbus area using a number of filtering criteria, such as gender, competence areas, and insurance type. 


The SMART Lab on campus (Stress Management and Resiliency Training) is located in the PAES building, and offers biofeedback and instruction on how to use these programs and other relaxation techniques: 

Wellness Coaching 

The Student Wellness Center offers  

Counseling and Consultation Service crisis line is available to students after hours every day of the year. Simply call the counseling center number, 292-5766, and hold on the line to speak with an on-call counselor after hours. 

Is there a resource you would like to see that is not listed? Feel free to reach out to any of the wellness innovators, wellness officers, or you can leave anonymous feedback in Emily Keeler’s mailbox. 

Blood Drive on October 31st

Blood Battle – Ohio State vs. Michigan 2018

American Red Cross will host:

Blood Drive
Ohio State College of Pharmacy
Parks Hall Room 104
500 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
11 am – 5 pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: buckeyes. Appointments are strongly encouraged.

Help beat Michigan from October 29 – November 21! Come to give and get a Blaze Pizza coupon, t-shirt, and a chance to win two OSU-Michigan game tickets!

James Performing Arts Series – October 14-20, 2018

Sunday October 14th
Joe Guthrie, MusicCare- Guitar
James 15th Floor

Monday October 15th
Pat Buzzard- Singer/Songwriter
James Lobby

Tuesday October 16th
Sabrina Tutstone- Jazz Singer
James Lobby

Wednesday October 17th
Lane Champa- Violin
James Lobby

Thursday October 18th
Tiffany Envid- Harp
James Lobby

Mary Heger, MusicCare Volunteer- Piano
James Lobby

Friday October 19th
Gabe Koempel- Jazz Guitar
James Lobby

It’s World Mental Health Day!

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.


Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows. Many adolescents are also living in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.

World Mental Health Day 2018: “Young people and mental health in a changing world”.

WHO /Sergey Volkov

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. In terms of the burden of the disease among adolescents, depression is the third leading cause. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours such as unsafe sex or dangerous driving. Eating disorders are also of concern.

Growing recognition of the importance of building mental resilience

Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent health brings benefits not just to adolescents’ health, both in the short- and the long-term, but also to economies and society, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole.

Prevention begins with better understanding

Much can be done to help build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, and to manage and recover from mental illness. Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school. Psychosocial support can be provided in schools and other community settings and of course training for health workers to enable them to detect and manage mental health disorders can be put in place, improved or expanded.

Investment by governments and the involvement of the social, health and education sectors in comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based programs for the mental health of young people is essential. This investment should be linked to programs to raise awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health and to help peers, parents and teachers know how to support their friends, children and students. This is the focus for this year’s World Mental Health Day.

A Message from the Chief Wellness Officer – October 9th

Hi Everyone,
Expressing your emotions through the arts can be one of the more enjoyable components of an overall wellness plan. So many people miss out on the joy of creative expression because they fear they are not “talented” or that they won’t be good at something they try.
You do not have to be artistically inclined to be creative. Elizabeth Scott guarantees us that “studies that examine the effects of art on stress and mood don’t analyze the talent of the subject… just the effect on how they feel afterwards.” According to the American Public Health Association, there is evidence that pursuing your creative side can enhance a person’s mood, emotions and other psychological states that are important to overall health.
I encourage you this month to explore your creative side by:
  • expressing your feelings and needs through poetry and writing.
  • dancing to achieve your 30 minutes of physical activity!
  • making it a point to enjoy the arts and cultural venues as a way to relax and broaden their horizons.
  • joining a cooking class or buy a cookbook that allows you to experience something completely new and have something to look forward to.
There is an artist inside all of us with the endless opportunities to express our creative side. Follow your passions and your well-being will thank you! Go Bucks!
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Upcoming Medicine and the Arts Events


Poetry and Pizza: An Autumn Hospital Poets Event
featuring Louise Robertson
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Lobby of Meiling Hall
370 West 9th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Join us as we welcome Louise Robertson to our Hospital Poets family of poets. She will bring her life as an acclaimed author and mother of two into the reading of her favorite poetry and will also share her own award winning poetry. Her full-length book of poetry, The Naming Of, was released in 2015 and her first novel will be published soon. Her works have garnered nominations from Pushcart and Best of the Net. She currently is promoting poetry through her work with Writer’s Block Poetry Night in Columbus and invites us all to join her on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Hospital Poets featuring Dave Lucas, PhD, Ohio Poet Laureate
October 24, 2018
Noon-1:00 pm
Wallace Auditorium
University Hospital East
Dave Lucas, PhD, was named the second Ohio Poet Laureate by action of the Governor of the State of Ohio in January of 2018. In introducing him, Governor Kasich stated that, “This two year term gives him the opportunity to engage Ohioans of all ages in unique and challenging ways.” Mr. Lucas joins us today to “Help us celebrate poetry in books, on stage and on screen.” He is the author of Weather (VQR / Georgia, 2011), which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. He is the co-founder of the Cleveland Book Week and Brews + Prose at the Market Garden Brewery. A graduate of John Carroll University, the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan; Dr. Lucas has received the Discovery/The Nation Prize and the Cleveland Arts Prize in recognition of his work. Please join us as this celebrated author brings us into the world of poetry in new and inspiring ways.
The Medicine and the Arts Series is made possible through support from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, the OSU College of Medicine Alumni Society, the Wexner Medical Center Service Board and our generous donors to the Medicine and the Arts Endowment Fund through the OSU Foundation. A special thank you to University Hospital East and Todd Tussing, DNP, RN, NE-BC, for their leadership in Medicine and the Arts.

The Medicine and the Arts Board at Ohio State and Opera Columbus present
The Voice of Freedom
November 5, 2018
Noon – 1:00 PM
Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium
452 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
The Voice of Freedom introduces audiences to the operatic art form by celebrating African-American cultural history through song. Universal in its emotional and musical appeal, this unique production will highlight spirituals, gospel, and works from the Harlem Renaissance. The Voice of Freedom aims to share the African-American experience with audiences of all ages, races, and religions. This very special event will be a highlight of the Medicine and the Arts 10th season so please join us!
This performance is a gift from Drs. Pat and Steve Gabbe. We thank them for their commitment to Medicine and the Arts and to our Humanism in Medicine initiative.
The Medicine and the Arts Series is supported by The Ohio State University College of Medicine, the OSU College of Medicine Alumni Society, the Wexner Medical Center Service Board, the UltraSound Choir, and generous donors to the Medicine and the Arts Endowment Fund through the OSU Foundation. Special thanks from the Medicine and the Arts Board to the Board of Opera Columbus and to Destiny Coleman for her assistance in arranging today’s event.

Open Enrollment is November 1-14, 2018

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for you to evaluate your benefit options and make your elections for the upcoming year. Open Enrollment for the 2019 benefit plan year will be available November 1-14, 2018.

While health care premiums around the country continue to increase, we are excited to share that, in 2019, all of the employee contribution rates for Ohio State’s faculty and staff medical plans will decrease! In addition, there will be no changes to deductibles, annual maximums or coinsurance/copayments for any health plan, including dental and vision.

Our ability to minimize cost increases this year is the outcome of collaborative efforts by the Office of Human Resources and OSU Health Plan diligently managing our plans and Ohio State faculty and staff making healthy lifestyle wellness choices. It is a rare accomplishment in today’s health care environment, and one that we are proud will benefit our faculty and staff.

We strongly encourage you to visit the Open Enrollment website to learn about your 2019 benefits and select the options that best fit your needs for the coming year. You can take a guided online tour of all available options or select a shorter overview of essential information.

The website includes details of all benefit options available during Open Enrollment and what will be new in 2019, such as:

  • The move to a quarterly incentive program by Your Plan for Health (YP4H)
  • A new option for fitness memberships through YP4H
  • A special enrollment opportunity for Short-Term Disability
  • Information about participating in Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

New this year, we are reducing the size of printed and mailed material to leverage the improved Open Enrollment website. In addition to the website, Ohio State will provide the following resources in mid-October:

  • Decision tools: myBenefitsMentor, an informed enrollment resource that can assist you in making informed health care decisions. The online interactive tool will be available in Employee Self Service (under the eBenefits header), while the paper statement will be mailed to the home address for anyone enrolled in a medical plan prior to August 1, 2018.
  • Open Enrollment Overview: A printed overview of Open Enrollment updates sent to your home.
  • Presentations: Live webinars, in-person forums and recorded videos presented by benefits consultants.

Ohio State is proud to offer eligible faculty and staff exceptional total rewards, including the benefit options available during Open Enrollment. Learn more at


Joanne McGoldrick
Associate Vice President
Total Rewards