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Rhodes State cares about the mental health and wellness of its students, faculty, and employees. Mental health and wellness encompass emotional, behavioral, and cognitive well-being. It can positively or negatively affect physical health, relationships, and daily lives. Addressing mental health and wellness allows each of us to reach our full potential. Rhodes State offers the following resources and free services to students and employees.

Emergency Services

If you have a concern about your safety or the safety of others, please contact the Security Office immediately at (419) 995-8499.

Rhodes State College and Harness Health Partners work together to support and empower students and their families. The Harness Health Partners Student Life program is available to provide:

  • Immediate 24/7/365 access to caring mental health professionals: 1-855-695-2817
  • Confidential assistance with personal concerns
  • A wide range of school/life services at no cost to students

Services include:

  • Access to a counselor for help dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Assistance with balancing school, work, and personal needs
  • Financial counseling and financial aid support
  • Access to legal resources to assist with situations like consumer law, traffic citations, family law, or landlord-tenant issues
  • College and career services, including where to go, how to apply, how to pay for it all, and more

And so much more, all available at no cost to students or their families.

Privacy is strictly protected within legal limits. Information about student contact with the Student Life program will not be released without their prior consent except in cases of imminent threat of harm, or when abuse of a child or vulnerable adult may be occurring.

Visit: MyLifeMatters.com (password: rhodes)
Call: 855-695-2817
Text: “Hello” to 61295

Crisis Contacts

Crisis Text Line 741.741 – Free, National, Confidential Crisis Text Line
National Sexual Assault Hotline – (800) 656- HOPE (4673)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Online Mental Health Screening and Resources

Veterans: Make the Connection: http://maketheconnection.net
Guide to College Student Mental Health: https://www.learnpsychology.org/mental-health/
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.: https://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/locator/depression_college

Access and information regarding community resources (i.e. housing, financial assistance, treatment): Text 2-1-1 for help 24/7

Faculty and staff members may find that some students feel comfortable sharing more personal information with you. Your response can be a critical factor in determining whether the student accesses available mental health resources. It is important to know what to look for and how to make a referral if you are concerned about a student.

  • Here are some possible signs of distress:
  • Academic
  • Excessive procrastination
  • Change in performance
  • Repeated requests for special consideration or accommodations
  • Excessive absence or tardiness
  • Excessively anxious when called upon in class
  • Unusual or changed interaction patterns
  • Inability to stay awake in class
  • Disruptive or threatening behavior
  • Written work with references to self-harm or content that appears bizarre
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Change in appearance and hygiene
  • Dramatic weight gains or loss
  • Swollen or red eyes
  • Uncharacteristic changes in mood
  • Impaired speech
  • Inappropriate or exaggerated emotional reactions
  • Smell of alcohol/marijuana, or evidence of excessive alcohol/drug use
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Disrupted sleep or appetite

If you have concerns for a student, please complete an Incident Reporting Form to notify the appropriate staff member. As always, if you are aware of immediate risk of harm to a student or anyone else, call 419-995-8499.

What should I do after referring a student?

Follow up. It can be helpful to arrange a time to speak with the student again after making a referral. This helps to communicate your concern and interest.

Maintain. Continue to provide clear and consistent boundaries and expectations with the student in your staff or faculty role.

Faculty Guide to StudentLife Program

Cigna Life Assistance Program (available to any employee that is a .5 FTE or above)
The 24/7 a Life Assistance Program advocate can help assess your needs and develop a solution through online tools and community resources for the following:

  • Visit with a specialist: Face-to-face sessions with a behavioral counselor available to you and your household members.
  • Monthly Webinars Educational seminars on a variety of relevant topics such as managing your life, work, money and health, are available in a quarterly calendar of monthly webcasts distributed to your employer.
  • Achieve work/life balance. For help handling life’s challenges go on line for articles and resources including on family, care giving, pet care, aging, grief, balancing, working smarter, and more.
  • Legal consultation and referrals* Receive a free 30-minute consultation with a network attorney. And up to a 25% discount on select fees.
  • Financial consultations. Receive a free 30-minute consultation and 25% discount on tax planning and preparation.

Phone: 800.538.3543 website: www.cignalap.com

JHP Beacon Employee Assistance Program (available to any employee that elects RSC Medical Insurance)

Life is busy. When you need more resources to manage it all, the 24/7 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) professionals can help. The EAP provides information, guidance and support to help you and your family reach your personal and professional goals, manage daily stresses and develop fulfilling relationships.

EAP Services Include:

  • Counseling Services: Talk one-on-one with an experienced, licensed counselor for support with stress management, strengthening relationships, work/life balance, grief and loss, and more. You can access a counselor face-to-face, online or by phone—whichever is most convenient for you. As with all EAP services, your conversation will be strictly confidential.
  • Legal Services:
    • Divorce Landlord and tenant issues
    • Real estate transactions
    • Wills and power of attorney
    • Civil lawsuits and contracts
    • Identity theft recovery
  • Financial Services:
    • Saving for college
    • Debt consolidation
    • Mortgage issues
    • Estate planning
    • General tax questions
    • Retirement planning
    • Family budgeting
  • Work / Life Services:
    • Care services: adult care, caregiver support, child care, special needs care, summer camps, holiday child care and back-up care
    • Education services: education resources including preschools, public and private schools, tutors and test preparation, financing, and continuing education
    • Growing family services: information on parenting, adoption, pregnancy, nursing, returning to work and infertility
    • Convenience services: help with consumer issues, emergency services, home maintenance and repair, pet care, relocation, community volunteering and more 
  • Online Resources: Visit the Achieve Solutions website to access articles and tools such as videos, calculators and quizzes to help you improve your health and manage life events. You can also search for service providers in your area. The site is available in English and Spanish. Topics include:
    • Depression
    • Strengthening marriage and relationships
    • Stress management
    • Anxiety
    • Conflict management
    • Weight management
    • Communication

Phone: 1-877-233-0976 Website: www.achievesolutions.net/jhp

Rhodes State College is committed to providing education, prevention, emotional support, intervention and postvention to all students, faculty, and staff at a high risk for suicide and for those impacted by suicide with the goal of reducing suicides and other self-destructive behaviors. This commitment is demonstrated through the mental health and wellness services provided and in the Suicide Prevention and Response Policy

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) 
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Suicide Warning Signs

  • Making suicide threats
  • Substance Abuse
  • Giving away possessions
  • Engaging in risk-taking behaviors
  • Self-harm (cutting, burning, etc.)
  • Frequently talking about death
  • Drastic changes in mood and behavior
  • Feeling like a burden to others
  • Acquiring the means for suicide (guns, drugs, rope, etc.)
  • Talking about a specific plan regarding how they might harm themselves
  • Aggressiveness and Irritability
  • Isolating self, social withdrawal
  • Persistent feelings of hopelessness, no hope for the future
  • Persistent depression, sadness, lack of energy
  • Major changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Making final arrangements (writing a will, etc.)

Protective Factors

  • Stay connected with others
  • Learn new coping skills for stress, depression, or anxiety
  • Make sure to get enough sleep, 7+ hours each night
  • Proper nutrition and exercise boost the body’s natural stress relief system
  • Make sure to take care of any health needs you may have
  • Get outside! Research shows that exposure to natural vitamin D (sunshine) boosts our mood
  • Be kind to yourself, everybody makes mistakes and has bad days
  • Reach out if you are struggling – free and confidential services are available for Rhodes State students and their families

Rhodes State College’s Student Code of Conduct includes standards of conduct concerning the possession, sale, serving, and consumption of alcoholic beverages and drugs on campus. These policies and rules reflect a concern for the health and safety of the campus community and apply to College faculty, students, staff, visitors, and guests.

Programs and Treatment Referral

In support of and in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, please be advised that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students on College property or as part of any institutional activity is prohibited. The College will impose appropriate sanctions on students, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution for violation of this standard of conduct.

Off-campus Resources

Ohio Behavioral Health Care, Lima: (419) 222-7180
Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration Help Line: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

 

Warning Signs That You or a Friend May Be Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol:

  • Are you/friend taking in larger amounts of alcohol or drugs over a longer period of time than intended?
  • Have you/friend had unsuccessful efforts at cutting back?
  • Do you/friend have to spend time recovering from use, or spend time seeking out activities where you can use?
  • Do you/friend crave alcohol or drugs?
  • Does your/friend’s use cause problems in your relationships?
  • Have you/friend given up activities that used to be enjoyable so that you can use alcohol or drugs?
  • Do you/friend have work or school problems or other consequences because of use?
  • Does it take more now to give you/friend the same effect it used to in lesser quantities?
  • If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, you/friend are likely experiencing addiction.

Contact Harness Health Partners:
Visit: MyLifeMatters.com (password: Rhodes)
Call: 855-695-2817
Text: “Hello” to 61295