Today's Update: Tuesday, December 8

December 8, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, We’ve talked a lot this semester about ways we have shifted our programs and services to support students throughout the pandemic. We don’t always talk about the infrastructure and financial support that has helped with some of these enhancements.

For instance, earlier this semester Ohio State received new state grant funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) to create and expand programming to help undergraduate and graduate students cope with stress, anxiety, depression and burnout associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This $611,000 went to support the following efforts:

  • SilverCloud: Student Life will purchase this online program with three modules targeting stress, anxiety and depression. SliverCloud solutions are evidence-based programs grounded in cognitive-behavior therapy, and this aspect will increase students’ access to care and mental health support.
  • Wellness Assessment Incentives: Funds will be used to encourage students to expand use of the Student Wellness Center’s wellness tool.
  • Emergency Funds for Mental Health Services: The emergency grant program will be expanded to provide a pool of funds specifically to support students’ mental health needs.
  • Telehealth Wellness Hub: This online resource will be created to guide students through a comprehensive total health and well-being assessment. Based on that assessment, students can choose to be paired with an advanced practice nurse practitioner student from the Ohio State College of Nursing who will provide wellness coaching and support via telehealth technologies. This hub will be offered to undergraduate students at all of Ohio State’s campuses.
  • MINDSTRONG: MINDSTRONG is specifically designed to help build coping skills and improve resiliency to help students deal with stress, anxiety or depressed mood. Twenty different research studies show that this evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral skills-building program can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression while improving healthy lifestyle behaviors. MINDSTRONG will be offered to both undergraduate and graduate students in a virtual setting.
  • Student programming: An allocation of grant funding will pay for programming to help students in quarantine and isolation housing stay connected and engaged. Additional funds will expand weekend virtual programming through the Office of Student Life.
  • Health Athlete: This program was developed in partnership with Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute. Health Athlete helps participants manage their energy and guide mental, emotional, physical and spiritual development to refocus and re-energize their lives. Participants will learn how they can become more engaged, more productive and more optimistic through these workshops. Health Athlete will be offered to graduate students.
  • Stress and Well-Being Assessment: This online screening will be offered specifically to graduate students. It measures stress and well-being and is designed to match participants with appropriate resources to help them cope with life’s challenges. Students will also be offered wellness coaching.


If you are looking for more information about the resources and workshops, you can visit go.osu.edu/CARESwellness.

I say often that supporting our students during the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a truly extraordinary level of partnership, within and outside of the university. This grant and its uses gives another Scarlet and Great example of that.

Melissa