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Hopewell HealthHopewell Health

Please call Student Affairs 740-245-7350 or stop by the office to set up an appointment with one of our counselors. We will have counselors on Mondays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and the same on Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office of Student Affairs works closely with the counselor’s at Hopewell Health for a short term, solutions focused session that will view the client within the total context of his or her environment. Treatment will emphasize a team approach with behavioral health counseling and therapy, pharmacologic management, community psychiatric supportive treatment and crisis intervention mental health services. Therapy will generally be short-term or intermittent with appropriate levels of community psychiatric supportive treatment and pharmacologic management interventions. Emphasis will be placed on designing the mode of treatment to fit the client’s presenting problem rather than attempting to force the client’s problems into a preconceived, uniform method of treatment. This implies the need for a continuum of treatment services and modalities and individualized treatment based upon assessed client needs and strengths.

COVID-19 & The Effects on Mental Health

We are facing a pandemic and our mental health is at risk. We are not only dealing with “normal” stressors, but have added COVID-19 stress.
This specific COVID-19 stress mimic depression, anxiety and other mental health illness. It can look like changes in mood, being more quick to anger, crying more, sleeping more or less, eating more or less, maybe even doing drugs or underage drinking/binge drinking.

Healthy Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic Can Look Like

Meditate – Meditating in order to breathe and stay calm in moments of stress. Below is a meditation that can help with stress. It will help to make sure you are in a positive, quiet space and that you are comfortable.


Make sure you are NOT driving and/or NOT operating any type of vehicle while listening to this specific meditation, as it is beneficial to close your eyes while listening and relaxing. Meditation Link:

Physical exercise to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. This could be taking a walk, jog or run, yoga, lifting weights, plus much more.
Reaching out to someone in your support system just to vent. Reach out for support within your support system. A support system could look like a friend, family member or a co-worker.

Here are some tips about prayer, from William Plants, URG Chaplaincy Coordinator

“Prayer is an opportunity to speak with a God who loves you, one on one about the events and problems one is facing in their individual lives”
“Prayer to God should help one realize that there is an eternal existence that is deeper and longer lasting than physical life on Earth”
“Prayer not only gives one the opportunity to express what is in their heart and on their minds to God, it also has the potential to improve mood, promote inner peace and reduce stress”

Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither so nor reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

This has been not only a tough time mentally for us, but financially as well. Here at Rio we have a food pantry located in Rhodes Hall, call 740-245-7350 to come in. Here is also a link to a page of resources that can help! (scroll towards the bottom) Health Services

Survivor Advocacy LogoSurvivor Advocacy Outreach Program

Advocate Available through the week

The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program is a rape crisis center serving Athens, Gallia, Hocking Meigs, Morgan, Perry and Vinton counties throughout Southeast  Ohio.  Seeking to create a SAFE community where victims and survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, and stalking are thoroughly respected and supported.  SAOP works to empower the community through access to confidential advocacy services, awareness raising and education, and through creating a coordinated community response to violence.

Contact the Student Affairs office at 740-245-7350

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know needs help now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911.  A counselor from a local community mental health agency is available on campus by appointment/walk-in (if available). This service is absolutely free of charge to all students. This service is also available to branch campuses on an as-needed basis. Contact Student Affairs 740-245-7350 to schedule your appointment.

Ohio is making it easier for individuals who are experiencing a stressful situation to find immediate help, 24/7 with the launch of a free, confidential, statewide Crisis Text Line. Any Ohio resident who needs help coping with a crisis can now text the keyword “4hope” to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. Trained crisis counselors are on stand-by to provide a personal response and information on a range of issues, including; suicidal thoughts, bullying, depression, self-harm, and more. The specialist helps the user stay safe and healthy with effective, secure support.
Contact the Student Affairs office at 740-245-7350

For additional information on suicide prevention, please refer to:

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Under Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity operated by the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College ("Rio Grand"). Title IX ensures equal access to those programs and activities for our students and employees of all gender identities. Rio Grande is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

It is the policy of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College not to discriminate on the basis of gender in the educational programs, activities, or
employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Affirmative Action Office of the University and the Community College, (740) 245-7228, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College affirm that policies and practices relating to housing, academic and social life, and employment are applied without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, genetic information, gender identity, genetic information, religion, disability, age, marital status, national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, veteran status, political affiliation. or  other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law. Inquires in this regard should be directed to the President of the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College.

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