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Don’t let stress run you down

Everybody experiences stress. It’s the body’s natural reaction to tension, pressure and change. And a certain amount of stress helps to make life more challenging. However, too much stress can be bad for you – both physically and mentally. Prolonged, unrelieved stress can lead to accidental injury, as well as serious illness. Share Bubble Raptor on Facebook and Instagram »

For the sake of your health, safety and happiness, it’s important to recognize and manage stress before it gets the best of you. Learn more about Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) » and scroll down to explore mental health resources available to Stark County students.

If you or a classmate are in crisis, please immediately contact:

  • Crisis Hotline anytime at 330-452-6000 or
  • Domestic Violence help line anytime at 330-453-SAFE (7233) or
  • Crisis Text Line Text 4hope to 741 741 anytime



Counseling Services offers students individual therapy sessions, educational workshops and training programs for students and the campus community. Comfortable, professional and private, Counseling Services offers students the opportunity to pursue free, confidential individual therapy. Sessions are available all year, allowing students to focus on regaining balance and empowerment as well as promoting healing and self reflection in order to make changes in their academic and personal lives.

Need to reduce stress right now? Try taking a walk around the KSU Stark pond, rolling (safely) down a hill, getting a cookie or healthy snack from the Emporium or grabbing a stress-star from Counseling Services.

Contact Kent State at Stark Counseling Center:



Malone University offers professional mental health counseling services to currently enrolled students. These services are offered at no additional cost to the student or their families. All services are kept in the strictest of confidence. The Center’s staff addresses a variety of concerns and challenges ranging from homesickness to bipolar disorder, from relationship break-ups to suicidal thoughts or fears.

Need to reduce stress right now? Try your hand at frisbee golf, enjoy a walk around the track or take time to hang out with friends in the Barn.

Contact Malone University Student Counseling Center:


Counseling Services provides students with an opportunity to explore their concerns and problems with a professional counselor in a confidential setting. University Counselors provide short-term counseling for moderate to typical problems faced by University of Mount Union under-graduate and graduate students during the academic calendar year. The college years are times of accelerated growth, significant changes and considerable stress. Counseling services are free of charge to enrolled students. Students meet one-to-one with a counselor to explore troubling experiences, feelings of unhappiness, stress, depression, anxiety and to identify personal areas of resourcefulness.

Contact University of Mount Union Counseling Services


The Counseling Services of Walsh University are multifaceted. The primary function of these services is to provide brief counseling, testing and referral services to students enrolled in the university. Staffed by licensed professional clinical counselors, counseling interns and graduate practicum students, Counseling Services is free to all enrolled students. This office offers a confidential place to discuss concerns when difficult situations arise, when problems seem overwhelming or options appear limited.

Contact Walsh University Counseling Services


StarkMHAR also recommends…

Take a screening Are you experiencing stress, depression or anxiety? Are you concerned you may be dependent on alcohol? Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. Take a screening today »

Crisis Text Line If you’re a Stark County young adult, you are not alone. Safe, anonymous, anytime – day or night – we can help with anything that is hurting you. Text 4hope to 741 741 for help. Learn more about the Crisis Text Line »

Suicide Prevention Coalition Are you upset, confused, depressed, lonely, hurt, angry or scared or feel like you no longer want to live? Seeking help is a sign of strength. Counselors are available 24 hours/7 days a week/365 days a year. Call the Crisis Hotline anytime at 330-452-6000. Learn more about the Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition »

Depression & Students According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression is a common but serious mental illness typically marked by sad or anxious feelings. Most students occasionally feel sad or anxious, but these emotions usually pass quickly – within a couple of days. Untreated depression lasts for a long time and interferes with your day-to-day activities. Learn more from NIMH on depression »

Create a stigma-free, drug-free workplace As students enter the workforce, it’s good to know that employers are taking great strides to reduce stigma and encourage a workplace culture of mental health wellness. Explore the following workplace resources for employers and employees alike. Workplace resources »

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide NOPCAS promotes life-affirming strategies that will help to decrease life-threatening behaviors. Their aim is to develop prevention, intervention and post-vention support services to the families and communities impacted adversely by the effects of violence, depression and suicide in an effort to decrease life-threatening behavior. Learn more about NOPCAS »

Trevor Helpline The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Learn more about The Trevor Project »

Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 is available 18 hours a day. Learn more about times »

The Jed Foundation The Jed Foundation promotes emotional health and prevention of suicide among college and university students. To achieve this end, the organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health and research. The Jed Foundation provides a variety of educational resources for colleges and universities, both staff and students; parents of college students; and the community. Learn more about The Jed Foundation »

Stark County’s Heroin Epidemic A highly addictive opioid drug, heroin use has been steadily rising nationally, statewide and in Stark County. In 2014, the number of people seeking opiate treatment since 2006 has increased more than 200% in Stark County. For more on Heroin Help »

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