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It's ok to ask for help

Many adults are juggling a variety of personal, family, and work obligations on a day-to-day basis. Trying to keep up with the daily grind can be stressful and sometimes even feel quite overwhelming, especially when compounded with a mental health struggle.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year and more than 50 percent of people in the United States will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. We want you to know that you are not alone.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, lonely, depressed or exhausted, we encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you.


As a part of the Cowboy Family, we have to look out for each other. Taking care of your own mental health is certainly important, but we ask you to do your part in looking out for fellow Cowboys. By becoming educated, trained and prepared, we can all work together to end the stigma surrounding mental health.


If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, use these resources to get help as soon as possible or call 911.


Call SAM

855-225-2SAM (2726)

Call SAM (Student Assistance by Mercy) has licensed counselors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to crises, and provide referrals and consultations.


OSU Police



OSU Sexual Assault Advocates



Wings of Hope Crisis Line



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



24/7 Crisis Line


Counseling and Mental Health ResourcesWhether you are dealing with stress, chronic anxiety, depression or need support while navigating a troubling time — there is a counselor or service that is available to help you.

Guidance Resources®

GuidanceResources® provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services for Oklahoma State University. Your GuidanceResources® benefits will give you and your dependents confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues.
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Employee Assistance Psychologist

University Health Services provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL initial assessments, short-term counseling, and referral services for employees and their household members via the

GuidanceResources®  Employee Assistance Program. 

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Grand Lake Mental Health Center



University Health Services has partnered with Grand Lake Mental Health to provide telemedicine psychiatric services to our student population and serves as a community partner that provides mental health services to members of Stillwater and surrounding communities. A telemedicine suite has been established within the UHS facility where students will come for their visits and be able to interact remotely with assigned psychiatrists from Grand Lake for all of their clinical needs.  This partnership has ensures our services are closely aligned with existing community mental health services and allows us to support our psychiatric patients with a natural gateway into the supportive resources that the community mental health partnership has created. 


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TAO Self-Help

Therapy Assistance Online is an online library of engaging, interactive programs to learn life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments or stumbling blocks in life. As you watch videos and engage with our interactive components, you'll gain the knowledge, self-awareness, and skills you need to achieve your goals. TAO is completely free and available to anyone at OSU with a working @okstate email address. 

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Center for Family Services

405-744-5058, 101 Human Sciences West, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.


The Center for Family Services is the on-campus clinic for the marriage and family therapy program. CFS includes an observation room and six therapy rooms including a conference room and a play therapy room. First four sessions are free, then it’s $5 per session.

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Psychological Services Center (PSC)

405-744-5975, 118 N. Murray Hall, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Psychological Services Center (PSC) provides services to children, adolescents, and adults. Services are available to residents of Stillwater and the surrounding community, as well as to OSU students, faculty, and staff.

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Become an advocate

If you are not personally struggling with your mental health, you can still help keep our Cowboy Family safe and healthy. Utilize one of our resources to learn more about helping those who struggle with mental health.

Training Opportunities

OSU - Employee Mental Health Training 

The objective of this training is to continue to build on our culture of care at OSU through educating students, faculty and staff about mental health on campus, available mental health trainings, available mental health support resources on campus, and the importance of our collective role to support each other.


  1. Log in to, using your O-key credentials
  2. Type “Campus Mental Health Training Video” in the search box in the top right
  3. Select the correct module from the list
  4. Select “Launch” to start your module
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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s (OSRHE) Campus Safety and Security Task Force and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) are partnering to extend access for Oklahoma higher education campuses to suicide prevention online training modules for faculty, staff and students. These online course modules are designed to help campus personnel and students recognize warning signs of psychological distress, build skills to encourage help-seeking behaviors, and offer others a warm referral to suicide prevention support services. 

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. The course can be delivered in-person or virtually. For more information, or to arrange a course for your department/group, please contact Dr. Kari Pratt at

QPR Training

Question. Persuade. Refer.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Please join your colleagues who have completed this training and help prevent suicide.

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We want to hear from you! If you experienced issues accessing the mental health resources you need please let us know.



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