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Oglethorpe Counseling Center introduces new after-hours service

The Oglethorpe University Counseling Center has introduced a new service, Petrel After-Hours Support Services (PASS), to support students after regular business hours.

Made possible through a grant from the Frueauff Foundation, PASS provides after-hours support to students experiencing a mental health crisis. Students living on and off campus can talk to a qualified counselor by calling the Counseling Center main number at 404-364-8456.

PASS also allows anyone in the OU community to call after-hours to express concern about a student and consult. The program is designed to assist campus staff in responding to after-hours student concerns. Campus Safety and Residence Life staff may encourage students in emotional distress to call and speak with a counselor and receive a prompt assessment, recommendations, and safety planning. 

“The immediate crisis or concern will be addressed through the call, and the Counseling Center staff will follow up with the student and/or caller in the days following to ensure continuity of care,” says Counseling Center Director Dr. Michelle Lyn. “Calling the after-hours line does not take the place of submitting a PACT report, which is still advised in most cases of student concern.” 

Oglethorpe students can receive after-hours support and talk to a counselor by calling the Counseling Center at 404-364-8456. To schedule an appointment or learn about other available counseling services, visit

Follow the Counseling Center on Instagram @OU.Counseling to stay up to date on workshops, new services, and helpful wellness tips.

The 2023 Oglethorpe University Counseling Staff

Oglethorpe Counseling Center staff pictured above: Staff Therapist Dr. Serey B. Bright; Graduate Intern Amani Rabai; Counseling Center Assistant Director LaRonda Hollis, LPC; Graduate Intern Hannah Cowart; Counseling Center Director Dr. Michelle Lyn; Graduate Intern Jessica Moore; Staff Therapist Byron Kellam, LPC.

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