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.

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: 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988

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

2572 Maple Avenue
Zanesville, OH 43701

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

Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices
610 Walnut Street Coshocton, OH

Muskingum Behavioral Health
601 Underwood Street Zanesville, OH

Noble Behavioral Health Choices
48 Olive Street Caldwell, OH
A site that contains information on addictions, treatment, and rehab facilities in Ohio and nationwide.
24/7 Addiction Hotline: 866-312-4647

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

By now, everyone has probably heard this term uttered by someone you know. The truth is, many people may not know exactly what it is. Depression is more than feeling sad for a couple of days. Some people may even meet the criteria of depression and not even know it, or, know that there are resources out there to help. Depression is not something you need to fight alone. Depression may present itself at really inconvenient times, like when you’re trying to study for exams or when you have to work in class groups with students you don’t know. Let’s face it, college is going to provide you with a lot of different experiences and opportunities that depression may try to keep you from accomplishing.

  • Feeling sad, empty, hopeless
  • Low Energy
  • Not being as interested in activities like you use to
  • Poor concentration
  • Changes in weight (gaining/losing)
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Withdrawing socially 

In college, there are so many adjustments that student’s today make, even for those students who do not uproot and leave their community. In fact, when a person perceives an adjustment or change as stressful that person may exhibit signs of being in distress which can show in forms of depression or anxiety.  The great news is, there are effective ways to treat this. The most common methods include counseling and or medication.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The JED Foundation

National Institute of Mental Health

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.

Phone: 740.588.1293


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)
Zane State's Student Life Assistance Program
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.
Zane State's Mental Health Chat Bot
The 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. Counselors are qualified masters/doctoral level professionals.

Suicide Awareness
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.

Alcohol and Drug Resources
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

Mental Wellness Through Physical Wellness
Students taking at least 3 credit hours are eligible for free on-campus YMCA membership.