Need to talk? Call a Buckeye PAL

Buckeye Peer Access Line

Need to Talk? Call a Buckeye PAL!

Buckeye PAL operates weekdays from 8 p.m. to midnight when classes are in session during fall and spring semesters.

Call 614-514-3333.

The Buckeye Peer Access Line (PAL) is a non-emergency talk line that provides a space for students to engage in brief phone conversations in order to gain support and learn about campus resources.  Student volunteers are available to provide peer-to-peer assistance that promotes and enhances student development and wellbeing.

Common conversation topics with Buckeye PAL include:

  • Adjusting to college and university life
  • Balancing stress management
  • Managing platonic, romantic and family relationships
  • Feeling pressure to succeed
  • Navigating personal and social identities

What makes the Peer Access Line different from a Crisis Hotline? 

Crisis Hotline Buckeye Peer Access Line (PAL)
Crisis Hotline is a 24/7/365 service that assesses suicide risk and will help callers in high distress and emergency situations.  Buckeye PAL provides accessible, peer-to-peer support that promotes and enhances student development, wellbeing and a community of care after hours.
Crisis Hotline staff are trained to listen, assess suicide risk and give support to callers in high distress.  Buckeye PAL volunteers are graduate, professional and undergraduate students who have participated in comprehensive and specific trainings. Volunteers serve as a support system for their peers and will refer them to appropriate resources.
Crisis Hotline is a confidential service and works with the caller to reduce risk of harm to self or others. They will provide information and assistance to relatives, friends, co-workers and others who are concerned about a suicidal individual. Buckeye PAL volunteers practice active listening skills and are available to simply talk.  What you tell a volunteer is generally private. Volunteers will not disclose any information about a client’s identity or situation. However, in circumstances where an individual is in immediate and severe danger, confidentiality is not maintained. Additionally, Buckeye PAL volunteers are mandatory Title IX reporters and will report instances of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, stalking, sex-and gender-based discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.

Both the Crisis Hotline and Buckeye Peer Access Line can be incredibly valuable for students. If you think you are at risk of harm to self or others, please call 911 or contact Columbus Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445.  If you want to just talk or need support, especially after hours, BuckeyePAL is a great fit for you!

*The Buckeye PAL does not operate during university breaks, exam weeks or when university offices are closed.

Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program – Accepting applications

The Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program (BLF) is accepting applications for the 2022 Cohort. Prospective Fellows are encouraged to submit their application by Friday, September 27th at 11:59 p.m.  BLF is a diverse and highly selective program which creates meaningful connections and co-curricular learning through real world exposure, networking and continuous development and coaching.

 Prospective Fellows will receive:

·       Feedback on their resume and application from distinguished Ohio State Alumni

·       Coaching on their interview and interpersonal skills

·       Networking and mentorship opportunities with Ohio State Alumni

Eligible students can submit their application at 

For more information about BLF and how their Fellows #LeadWithEdge, please check out their website at, attend an information session, or contact Beth Johnson, Assistant Director, at

Information sessions:

Tuesday, September 24 in Cunz Hall 160 at 5:30 p.m.

Wellness Ambassador Recruiting

I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that the Student Life Student Wellness Center is currently recruiting Wellness Ambassadors! The application can be found at Please send out the below information to any students who might be interested in the program:

Wellness Ambassadors support the mission of Student Life, which aims to promote wellness among OSU students and their communities. Wellness Ambassadors deliver educational presentations in a variety of settings and work together to plan, publicize, and implement campus events highlighting the 9 dimensions of wellness. For more information on the program, please visit:

If you are interested in becoming a Wellness Ambassador, applications are accessible at and are due by Monday, October 14, 2019. If you have any further questions, please contact Jordan Helcbergier at

Interested in being a Wellness Coach?

The Student Life Student Wellness Center is recruiting Wellness Coaches!

The application can be found at

Wellness Coaches meet one-on-one with students to help increase their ability to create the life they want to live. Wellness Coaches take a positive approach to personal development, focusing on strengths and using the 9 Dimensions of Wellness as a framework for generating individualized, meaningful goals.

Applications are due October 20, 2019 at midnight. For more information, visit this link or email Joe Doherty at

Education Abroad Expo

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 2:00PM – 6:00PM
The 2019 Education Abroad Expo will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Archie Griffin East Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The Expo gives students the opportunity to talk one-on-one with education abroad experts and learn more about the myriad of ways to study abroad at Ohio State. Students will be able to explore programs for all majors and learn more about how to fund their prospective education abroad experience. Learn more at