In an effort to promote unity and an appreciation for diversity on campus and in the surrounding community, we would like to express our empathy and support. The BGSU Counseling Center wants to acknowledge a range of reactions to recent local and national events including excitement, joy, relief, fear, sadness, anger, dread, hopelessness, anxiety, and numbness. You may find yourself within a circle of friends or classmates who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions and questions and may intensify your reactions. In addition, some of you may have concerns about going home for the break and how to manage these feelings and reactions.
We are here to listen in a nonjudgmental manner. If you are struggling with the personal impact, tone of the discussions, or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of your race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, political affiliation, country of origin or other aspect of your identity, please utilize our walk-in services if you wish to start engaging in services (M-F 1:30-4pm, 104 College Park). Also, we always have a counselor available in case of an emergency. These services are available during the break as well (except for holidays).
The BGSU Counseling Center provides a safe space for discussions on identity, empowerment, and intercultural competency. As this may be a highly emotional time, we recommend several strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout finals week and into next semester:
- Acknowledge your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
- Focus on tasks or events that are in your control
- Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you
- Focus on the present and shifting away from the future focus
- Monitor your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits
- Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels
- Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day.
- Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus
- Utilize self-care apps such as Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iphone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android)
Black Lives Matter
We, the members of the Bowling Green State University Counseling Center staff, grieve for those tragic events in which African Americans and others have lost their lives in encounters with law enforcement officials. We also acknowledge that violence against police is tragic and hope that we can collectively work together to prevent such tragedies. We recognize that reactions to these loses as well as reactions from those who have witnessed, observed, and/or experienced acts of racism can vary markedly. Responses may include, sadness, fear, outrage, a sense of helplessness, disbelief, and a feeling of endangerment, as well as a desire for increased unity or solidarity, empathy, and a heightened motivation to pursue social justice. As information on these tragic events continue to unfold we encourage those that are struggling to seek safe supportive spaces to process their feelings and experiences. We want you to know that we are available as a resource for you, and we are dedicated to helping foster a climate that is safe and affirming for all students on campus and within the community.
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The Counseling Center staff strives to promote the psychological wellbeing of students from diverse backgrounds; to foster their development, learning, and academic success; and to provide appropriate intervention when students are experiencing serious mental health concerns.
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We aspire to respect cultural, individual, and role differences. Our
goal is to create a safe, supportive and affirming climate for
individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders,
gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ages, abilities,
sizes, socioeconomic statuses, languages, and cultures. Please take a
moment to read our Statement on Race in the U.S.
Students come to the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons including: study/test taking concerns; stress/anxiety reduction; relationship concerns; depression; family concerns; eating disorders; sexual concerns; grief and loss; and other related concerns.
Counseling services are offered to currently enrolled BGSU students, and are provided at no charge.
On-going counseling is by appointment only. However, initial appointments/consultations typically occur during our walk-in hours. No walk-in hours during Spring, Fall or Winter breaks.