I Need Help

Depression & other mental health conditions are not your fault and should not cause you to feel shame.

Depression is not a sign of weakness, & seeking help is a sign of strength.

Telling someone you are struggling is the first step toward feeling better.



Common signs of…


Trouble sleeping

Feeling overwhelmed

Problems with memory

Problems concentrating

Change in eating habits

Feeling nervous or anxious

Feeling angry, irritable or easily frustrated

Feeling burned out from studying or schoolwork

Feeling that you can’t overcome difficulties in your life

Trouble functioning in class or in your personal life


Withdrawing from other people or previous hobbies

Feeling sad & hopeless

Lack of energy, enthusiasm & motivation

Trouble making decisions

Being restless, agitated & irritable

Eating/sleeping more or less than usual

Trouble with concentrating, memory & usual functioning

Feeling bad about yourself or feeling guilty

Anger & rage

Feeling that you can’t overcome difficulties in your life

Thoughts of suicide


Non-pharmacological treatments/therapies

  • Apps
    • Meditation/deep breathing
    • Stress Reduction
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Support groups
  • Talk with your support network
  • Individual, one-on-one, Counseling
  • Music/Art Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Exercise (group classes or individually)
  • Positive Affirmations (giving and receiving)
  • Relaxation techniques (deep breathing/mediation/guided imagery)
  • Take care of your body (get enough sleep, laugh, have a nutritious diet)


Help Line Resources

Psychology Today: offers a national directory of therapists, psychiatrists, therapy groups, and treatment facility options.

SAMHSA Treatment locator: provides referrals to low cost/sliding scale mental health care, substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment. 800-662-4357

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides referrals to support groups, mental health professionals, resources on loss and suicide prevention information. 888-333-2377

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, safety planning and information on domestic violence. 800-799-7233

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects callers to trained crisis counselors 24/7. They also provide a chat function on their website.  800-273-8255

Emergency Medical Services 911

OSU College Student Specific resources visit- https://ccs.osu.edu/


For more information:

We have designed a free, online educational module to help you better understand how you are feeling.  The educational module has available resources to help you get better. The educational module will include more about the following:

(1) what can mental illness look like? (signs/symptoms/risk factors)

(2) best practices and evidence for getting help, available resources, and non-pharmacological treatments/therapies;

(3) what to do if I am thinking about harming myself or others; and

(4) I am worried about a family member or friend, what can I do to help?

To access the module, please follow these instructions:

1. Go to https://elearning.nursing.osu.edu/course/index.php
2. Select “I Will Help You Initiative” from the course list.
3. Select “For Individuals Needing Help” from the list.
4. Select Create New Account if you are a new user or login with your existing account if you are a returning user. If you are registering as a new user you will receive an email with a confirmation link to verify you have used a valid email address. After receiving this e-mail, please click on the link to activate your account.
5. You will then be directed to a website and you will need to click on the button that says “Enroll Me.”
6. This should complete your enrollment into the course.


Please consider taking the pledge to commit to getting the help you deserve.

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Learn more about our initiative by exploring the rest of this page or at our various social media accounts!