Mental Well-Being

At BGSU we are one Falcon family.

All year long, the Office of Health & Wellness provides ways through which you can get involved, support a friend, or help yourself to be well.

Contact Health Educator, Ashley Hartman, to learn more. | 419.372.4584

Looking for a safe and supportive space to prioritize your LGBTQ+ mental well-being? Join our in-person wellness program centered on LGBTQ+ self-care and mental health. Engage in meaningful discussions with individuals who share your experiences and challenges. All programs include crafts such as coloring, bracelet making, and more!

Tuesdays: January 23 – April 9 | 5 - 6 PM | Market at Jerome Library

Register For all LGBTQ+ Programs Online: 

Queer Body Image: Tuesday, January 23, 5 - 6 PM
This program promotes body positivity and combat the harmful effects of societal beauty standards. We provide a safe and inclusive space that encourages self-acceptance and celebrates the diversity of body shapes, sizes, and expressions. Together, we can redefine the concept of beauty for a more inclusive and affirming world.

LGBTQ+ Family Dynamics: Tuesday, February 6, 5 - 6 PM
Address unique aspects of family dynamics LGBTQ+ individuals experience. Discover valuable tools, resources, and support while creating positive family connections. 

Queer Grief: Tuesday, March 12, 5 - 6 PM
Join our wellness program to discuss the often-overlooked experience of queer grief. Discuss the complexities and intersections of grief within the LGBTQ+ community, validation, and connection.   

Healthy Queer Relationships & Boundaries: Tuesday, March 26, 5 - 6 PM
Explore healthy relationship and queer romantic relationships. Join our discussion to explore communication, boundaries, and intimacy in a safe, inclusive environment that highlights the unique challenges and experiences faced by the LGBTQ+ community.  

LGBTQ+ Care Kit : Tuesday, April 9, 5 - 6 PM | Location: TBD
Feeling anxious and stressed about summer break? Join our discussion on how to create a crisis safety plan and support your need, along with additional coping skills. Offered in a safe and supportive space for students to strategize and create a coping plan.  

Learn more about LGBTQ+ Well-Being Programs: Rachel Jones:

Join us for an enriching journey that explores the positive impact of gaming on various aspects of your life. Embrace gaming as a means of self-care and personal growth and uncover the diverse dimensions of gaming while nurturing your well-being. Experience the magic that happens when gaming and self-care unite!

Tuesdays | February 13 – April 9 | 5:30 – 7 PM
Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies | 4th Floor Jerome Library 

Register For All Gaming Programs Online:   

Building Healthy Gaming Habits - Tuesday, February 13
Learn how to strike a balance between gaming and self-care. Explore techniques to cultivate a healthy relationship with gaming while maintaining your overall well-being.

Gaming and Social Connection - Tuesday, February 20
Dive into the social aspects of gaming and explore how it can foster connections. Discover the joy of cooperative gameplay, building friendships, and engaging with gaming communities.

Gaming for Mindfulness and Meditation - Tuesday, March 12
Immerse yourself in a world of gaming mindfulness. Experience how gaming can become a mindful activity, promoting relaxation, presence, and meditation.

Gaming as a Tool for Skill Development and Learning - Tuesday, March 19
Uncover the educational potential of gaming. Explore games that challenge your mind, enhance problem-solving skills, and provide engaging learning experiences.

Managing Gaming-Related Stress and Burnout - Tuesday, March 26
Address the issue of gaming-related stress and burnout. Learn strategies to maintain a healthy gaming routine while prioritizing your mental and emotional health.

Gaming as a Creative Outlet - Tuesday, April 2
Explore the artistic side of gaming. Immerse yourself in visually captivating game worlds that inspire creativity and self-expression.

Gaming Self-Care Before Finals - Tuesday, April 9
Enjoy time with friends to de-stress before finals. 

Learn More About Gaming and Well-Being: Josh Anderson:

Mental Health First Aid

Fridays: February 9, March 22, May 3 | 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Education Building 113 (Choose One Date)

A skills-based training that teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge in adults ages 18 and over.  This training builds mental health literacy, provides an action plan that teaches people to identify and address a potential mental health or substance use challenge safely and responsibly.

Register Online for Mental Health First Aid Training:

Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training 

Friday, January 26: 2:30 – 2 PM | College Park Room 2  
Friday, February 2: 10 – 11:30 AM | College Park Room 2
Friday, March 29: 1 - 2:30 PM | Education Building 113  

Learn to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives. Gain skills and resources to respond and provide support to members of our BGSU community. No Falcon should struggle alone. As a QPR-Trained Gatekeeper you learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide.
  • Know how to offer hope.
  • Know how to get help and save a life.

Register for QPR Training Online:

Discovering Well-Being Resources on the BGSU Campus

Tuesday, February 6: 9 – 9:45 AM | College Park Room 2
Thursday, February 29: 2 – 2:45 PM | Education Building 113
Wednesday, March 27:10 – 10:45 AM | Education Building 113

Register for Well-Being Resources Trainings Online:

NAMI Family and Friends 

Friday, February 23: 12:30 – 2 PM | Education Building 113
Informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet others in similar situations and gain community support. Led by trained people with lived experience supporting a family member with a mental health condition. Topics include:

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment, and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI, community, and campus resources

Register for NAMI Family and FriendsOnline:  

Learn About NAMI: Ashley Hartman -

Community Mental Health Resources Training

  • Tuesday, February 6: 9:45 – 10:30 AM | College Park Rm 2  
  • Friday, February 16: 9:30 – 10:15 PM | College Park Rm 2
  • Thursday, February 29: 1:15 – 2 PM | Education Building 113 
  • Wednesday, March 27: 10:45 – 11:30 AM | Education Building 113

Register for Community Mental Health Resources Training Online:

Shades of Strenght - Empowering Men of Color

  • Tuesday, February 20, 3:30 - 7 PM | BTSU Sky Bank Room
  • Keynote Speaker: Kevin Hofmann - Autho of "Growing up Black in White
  • Special Guest Speaker: Anthony Bouyer
  • Boxbreathing Workshop
  • Eliminating Barriers Networking Event

For More Information: Joshua Anderson -

Mental Health Champions Certificate Program

As a public university for the public good, and part of the BGSU Community of Care, this program recognizes members of the BGSU community for participation in mental health training and their commitment to promoting mental well-being at BGSU. Complete at least 12.5 hours of training to earn your Mental Health Champion Certificate!

Get Recognized at the Mental Health Champions’ Reception
Wednesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 PM
BTSU 207 Mylander Room 

For More Information
Ashley Hartman:

Register Online to Get Started Toward the Mental Health Champion Certificate Program

Suicide Prevention Awareness Related Events 

If you are struggling with your mental health, contact the Counseling Center. An on-call counselor available at 419-372-2081 for crisis situations from 8:00 a.m. to 5pm Monday-Friday. You can also utilize the Wood County Crisis Line at 419-502-4673 after Counseling Center business hours. Wood County Crisis Line is a 24 hours, 7 days a week crisis resource for folks in Wood County. Crisis Text Line-Text HOME to 741741 for a crisis counselor or text STEVE to 741741 for a culturally competent crisis counselor. You can also text or dial 988 to be connected to a crisis counselor 24/7.

Updated: 02/21/2024 03:46PM