University Counseling Services provides grief counseling to students who have experienced a loss. The loss may come in many forms and can include, but is not limited to, the death of a family member, partner, or friend. Grief and its outward expression, mourning, are unique and reflect both the individual and the relationship they had with the one they have lost. To put it another way, no two students will mourn in the same way. This makes the journey through grief a very personal experience that can be challenging to understand and navigate alone. Grief counseling can assist students in processing their unique feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment.
As a result of special funding from the Remember The Ten Run, students coping with a loss are eligible for grief counseling at no cost to them. Simply contact our office and request an intake for grief counseling.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the symptoms of grief?
- How long does it take to get over the death of a loved one?
- How can I help someone who is grieving?
- What do I do when people’s “help” isn’t very helpful?
Grief and Loss Library
We provide free books and workbooks on various types of grief as a resource to OSU students whether or not they are participating in counseling. Some of the titles, include:
- Understanding Your Grief
- Understanding Your Suicide Grief
- Healing Your Traumatized Heart
- Healing the Adult Child’s Grieving Heart
- Healing the Adult Siblings Grieving Heart
- The Mourner’s Book of Hope
- And others
If you would like one or more of these free resources, please contact our office (405.744-5458) to make your request and schedule a time for pick up at the front desk.
Mental Health Presentations
As a service to students, faculty, and staff we offer presentations over subjects related to grief & loss and suicide awareness & prevention. To request a presentation please complete the online form below and we will contact you to schedule your presentation and discuss specific details related to your request.
- It's Real: College Students and Mental Health
This presentation, created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will include a video viewing and short discussion. The 17-minute video “conveys that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help.”
- Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention
This presentation, created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe.
- The Stigma Surrounding Suicide
This presentation will give an overview of the pervasive ways in which suicide is stigmatized. A focus will be placed on the myths and facts surrounding suicide, what stigma looks like, and how stigma affects both the loved ones of individuals who died by suicide and individuals with suicidal thoughts. Finally, an overview of campus resources will be provided.
- Understanding Grief and Mourning
Grief is something that we all have or will experience. Despite this, it’s hard for our society to talk about. This presentation is focused on what grief is, what bereavement looks like, and what supports are needed/available for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Request a Presentation:
We are able to offer a 1-year internship to a student working on their PhD in the counseling field. The primary focus of this internship is to provide educational outreach presentations and trainings to OSU students, faculty, and staff in the areas of grief and suicide awareness & prevention. In addition, our clinical intern will carry a small caseload of approximately 4-5 clients who are seeking counseling services for grief. Our internship runs from June to the following May with the summer months focused on program planning for the Fall and Spring Semesters. This position is funded through a generous donation to University Counseling Services from the Remember the Ten Run. Those who are interested in applying for the position may submit a cover letter and resume/CV to our Grief & Loss Coordinator, Stephen Scott.