Counseling Resources for Parents and Loved Ones
  •  While limits of confidentiality apply to students ages 18 and older, the CHW staff encourages parents and loved ones to contact our office if you are worried about your student’s well-being. The following behaviors/symptoms may be reasons for you to contact our office at 614-236-6114:

    • Withdrawing more than usual/isolating from others, especially close friends/family 
    • Significant weight loss/gain 
    • Increase (or decrease) in sleep 
    • Unable to reach student/student has not been in touch for several days and this is unusual 
    • Any expression about thoughts of self-harm, not wanting to live/exist 
    • Student’s consistent concerns about feeling down, empty, “not myself”, unhappy 


    Center for Health and Wellness staff can work with relevant campus offices (e.g. Commuter and Residential Life, Office of Student Affairs, Public Safety) to contact student in person, over the phone, and/or via email depending upon the concern. Counseling staff can also reach out to students to inform them about our services and encourage them to stop by the office. 

    While we want to foster autonomy and independence in students, we want to provide a safety net for students when difficulties arise.

    If you have concerns that your student may be in imminent risk of harm to self or others, please call Capital University Public Safety anytime at 614-236-6666.

    Resources for Parents and Loved Ones

    Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
    When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide by Carol Barkin
    You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage