As a student, you may experience a range of issues that can create barriers to learning and your overall success. These could include things such as increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, trouble adjusting and difficulty concentrating. As these stressors increase, it could interfere with functioning and making everyday decisions.

Zane State College offers counseling services to assist you with any needs you identify. Counseling is available to all students and is completely free! Counseling is a great way to meet with someone in a supportive setting to start the process of reaching your goals. There is no formal referral form, so students can schedule at anytime.

Throughout the year, students receive helpful information about mental health awareness and education, ways to promote good mental health and resources on and off campus. Information may be given in a number of ways including at orientation, classrooms and emails.

Heather Merry, ZSC's Student Support Counselor, is a licensed counselor available for individual and group counseling on campus as well as consultation. Students who are determined to benefit from more intense services than what is offered on campus may be referred to outpatient counseling.

IMPACT Student Life Assistance Program

Confidential, professional support for student life matters

Call 24/7 for live, Immediate Assistance: 866-780-0855

Text Tess, 24/7 Mental Health Chatbot:1 (415) 360-0023 (Enter Start Code: ZSCstudent)

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Did You Know… Zane State College offers Tess, a NEW 24/7 mental health chatbot that coaches people through tough times to build resilience, by having text message conversations – similar to texting with a friend or coach.


The IMPACT Student Life Assistance Program is a resource to help students manage emotional and academic stress and the demands associated with balancing school, work, daily living, and relationship concerns. All IMPACT counselors are qualified masters/doctoral level professionals.


IMPACT Student Life Assistance Program
Confidential guidance, support and direction to help you with life’s challenges.


Extra Support for When You Need It

From time to time, we all need support. If you need more intensive support than what is offered on campus, here is general list of resources that accept federal/state funded sources, insurance, and/or self-pay.

Prior to any appointment, verify what list of services are covered through your insurance provider.

Crises Text Line: 741.741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255

Crises Hotline: 740.344.5818 (serving Muskingum, Guernsey, Noble, Perry, Coshocton, Morgan counties)

Alcohol & Drug Services of Guernsey County
927 Wheeling Avenue Suite 310
Cambridge, OH

Allwell Behavioral Health Services-Guernsey County
2500 John Glenn Highway
Cambridge, OH

Allwell Behavioral Health Services-Muskingum County
2845 Bell Street
Zanesville, OH
Hearing Impaired-TDD 740.455.4142 or 800.432.4142

C.A.S.S. M.I.N.D. C.A.R.E.E.R.S.
405 Moxahala Avenue
Zanesville, OH

Cedar Ridge Behavioral Health
841 Steubenville Avenue
Cambridge OH 43725
855 692-7247

Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices
610 Walnut Street
Coshocton, OH

Muskingum Behavioral Health
1127 West Main Street
Zanesville, Ohio

Noble Behavioral Health Choices
18003 Woodsfield Rd
Caldwell, OH

The following resources are available for free through phone application and includes information on warning signs, safety plans, hotlines, resources for Veterans and LGBTQ community. Resources include:

  • My3
  • LifeBouy
  • ASK & Prevent Suicide
General Resources
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If you or someone you know has contemplated suicide, you are not alone. Click here to learn more about resources available, common warning signs and how to help.

Click here to be directed to our Title IX resource page, which includes contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and complaint form.

Click here if you would like to learn more about Alcohol and Drug resources in our community as well as general education.

Resources for Veterans, friends and family

National Resources

Heather Merry, M.Ed., PCC Student Services Support Counselor

Personal counseling is available by scheduling appointments. Click here to schedule online

Heather's office is located in Student Services in College Hall. Walk-ins welcome.



Schedule a session with Heather online