BE well. FEEL well. LIVE well.

Student Wellness at Otterbein

Location: In the Office of Student Affairs in the back of Hanby Hall on Cochran Alley.
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Phone: 614-823-1250
Email: wellness@otterbein.edu

Wellness is an active process of developing healthy habits to increase physical, mental and social well-being, reduce stress and create balance to a more fulfilling life. Sometimes demands, such as personal expectations, social pressure, adjusting to college, adulthood, and/or identity formation, can make it difficult to cope. Maintaining wellness can help prevent distress from those demands and other stressors.

Because choices matter, we partner with campus and community programs to provide a variety of wellness education opportunities. Our connection with Counseling Services and the Student Health Center helps us address emotional and physical health challenges through speakers, informal programs, education materials and one-to-one support for students when needed.

On-Campus Resources

Student Wellness, 614-823-1250, wellness@otterbein.edu
The Counseling Center, 614-823-1333, counseling@otterbein.edu
Otterbein Chaplain, 614-823-1409
Otterbein Police Department, 614-823-1222, police@otterbein.edu
Student Affairs, 614-823-1250, wellness@otterbein.edu
Student Health Center, 614-823-1345, cook1@otterbein.edu
Women’s Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, 614-823-1028, wgsrc@otterbein.edu
Campus Fitness & Recreation, 614-823-1718, mriegler@otterbein.edu

Off-Campus Resources

How to Help a Friend in Distress

Don’t be afraid to talk to a friend if you are concerned about his or her well-being. Here are some tips:

  • Privately talk to your friend at a time when neither of you are feeling rushed.
  • Express your concern by referring to behaviors you have seen, so that the friend does not feel judged: “I’ve noticed ______________. Is there anything I can do to help?”
  • Listen without criticism. There are no magical perfect words to say. Express your concern- verbally and nonverbally – listen and offer your support.
  • Provide resources. You can share any of the resources listed in this brochure.
  • Offer to help your friend connect with resources by making a phone call or accompanying that person to the Student Health Center, Student Affairs Office or Counseling Center.
  • Feel free to contact Student Affairs so you can meet with a staff member. The staff member will help you think through the best way to assist your friend.
  • Get immediate help if you are concerned that your friend might commit suicide. Talk to a residence life staff member, Student Affairs (614-823-1250) or call Otterbein Police (614-823-1222). Any of these resources will help assess the situation to determine if the person needs immediate intervention.

Cardinal Buddy System

No Buddy

lets their friend go out alone

Here are some tips for a safe night out:

  • Appoint someone you trust as a buddy (A.K.A your sidekick, biggest fan and greatest advocate)
  • Make sure your cell phoneis fully charged and your buddy’s number is saved as favorite
  • Plan your ride home before you leave (rideshare service, carpool with a responsible driver etc.)
  • Don’t drink – but if you do, alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverages
  • Track your drinks and avoid drinking games
  • Have your buddy let you know when you’ve had enough to drink
  • Leave with your buddy – and high five when you make it home safe and sound

Most importantly, a buddy should ACT…

  • Agree to stay with your buddy
  • Check in with your buddy regularly
  • Take action if your buddy needs help

Because student life concerns ebb and flow, we seek the insight and talent of students to help us identify the most immediate issues and the best manner of increasing community awareness.