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OSU continues to offer counseling and academic resources

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Just because students are away from campus doesn’t mean they’re on their own. From tutoring help to counseling services, OSU has virtual resources available to help students ahead of finals and over the winter break.

OSU’s Student Counseling Center provides services including group, grief, substance abuse and crisis counseling.

“University Counseling Services is committed to serving students and will continue to provide virtual counseling services and online options for students for the rest of the semester and over the holiday break,” said Chris Barlow, senior director of Counseling and Health Services at University Health Services. “We have a variety of options for students including virtual counseling sessions, online resources and partnered services. We want students to know that we care about them and that we encourage them to reach out if they need help.”

Below are some clinical and crisis service options. If you’re concerned about a friend, you can submit a Care Report at, and an OSU staff member will reach out.

  • Visit or call 405-744-5458 for the latest information on services.
  • An on-call counselor is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Call SAM: 855-225-2SAM (2726): 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. This is the best option when the counseling center is closed.
  • Virtual Options: UCS will continue to provide virtual counseling options to OSU students over the break. Meet with a UCS counselor via the virtual walk-in clinic or with a scheduled virtual visit for your ongoing counseling needs.
  • Self-Help Options: TAO Self-Help / : Therapy Assistance Online is available to anyone at OSU with a working @okstate email address. Take self-paced courses on a variety of mental health topics.
  • Partnered Services: UCS has partnered with online mental health provider MDLive and community partner Grand Lake Mental Health to provide students with access to free virtual visits with licensed counselors. Call University Counseling Services for details on accessing these services.

Crisis Contacts:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis Line: 800-566-1343

Stillwater 24/7 Emergency Contacts:

  • 911
  • OSU Police: 405-744-6523
  • Call SAM: 855-225-2726 (Student Assistance by Mercy)
  • Grand Lake Mental Health 24/7 Crisis Line: 800-722-3611
  • Military OneSource: 800-566-1343

Academic Support

The Writing Center is ready to assist students via online appointments during pre-finals and finals week. It is open from 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m Fridays. The center can also review a student’s paper and provide feedback via appointments until the Tuesday of finals week.

The LASSO Center offers virtual tutoring for most courses. One-hour sessions are available from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays and from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are made through Star and held on WebEx.

The LASSO Center also offers Academic Success Coaching from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are made through Star and held on Zoom.

The LASSO Center’s Supplemental Instruction sessions on pre-finals week will be conducted Monday through Thursday with drop-in office hours Friday on Canvas. Times are posted on the Course Canvas Community pages.

Another online tutoring resource is the Mathematics Learning Success Center, which is open to OSU and NOC students from 1-9 p.m. Sundays, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m Fridays. The center closes for the fall semester at noon Dec. 11. Contact Dr. Melissa Mills ( at the Mathematics Learning Success Center for math tutoring.

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