Stress Less Center - Your Plan for Health

Stress Less Center


Launched in March 2020, in partnership with ImpactSolutions, Tess is a mental health chatbot that is available to provide emotional support, evidence-based education and delivers coping skills and strategies via text.  Tess is available to employees and their families. To begin chatting, text “Hi” to 415-360-0023. Use the company code “Buckeyes” when prompted to begin texting with Tess.

People like texting with Tess because she is always there, ready to chat and completely confidential. There’s no judgment or bias, which helps people open up about topics they might otherwise avoid.  If someone is experiencing a panic attack at work, for example, they can connect with Tess and get support at that moment.  It’s quick and discrete. Sometimes people just need to vent and they worry about burdening their friends and families with their negative emotions. Tess helps create that time and space for self-reflection.  We have members who chat with Tess every night before they go to sleep as a way of processing their day and letting go of their worries.

A chatbot, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) has it’s limitations – it’s not a human and not intended to diagnose or treat disease.  If Tess is not meeting your needs, and you would like to talk to a professional (human ?), we have 24/7 support: Request a counselor online, by calling 800-678-6265 or by emailing

Free Counseling (EAP)

Issues at home can impact our work lives, and stress from our jobs can affect our relationships at home. You have access to the Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that offers tools and resources to help address complex issues that can be affecting your mental and emotional well-being.

JustBreathe Resource Center

Why does breathing matter to reducing your stress? Learn more about why breathing matters, practice techniques and order JustBreathe stickers.

Guided Imagery & Mindfulness – 20 Free Audios

Guided imagery audio exercises are intended to help de-stress your life, declutter your mind, and help you get above the pressures of your life. OSU Health Plan Manager Patrice Rancour developed and narrates these three-to-six-minute guided imagery exercises promoting good health and well-being. Download them to your phone or music player for a quick and easy way to relax no matter where you are.


When you log in to your Virgin Pulse account, you will have access to discover and earn rewards for completing Whil mindfulness videos.  Whil’s mindfulness content is centered around three tracks:

  • Move: Yoga to exercise the body and mind
  • Thrive: Stress resiliency, focus, and sleep habits
  • Lead: Emotional intelligence, teamwork, and leadership skills

Personal Health Coaching

If you have a personal health goal that includes managing your stress better, improving your sleep health and practicing mindfulness, Ohio State Health Coaches are happy to help you set realistic goals and provide you with support and resources to motivate you along the way towards your goals.

Group Health Coaching

Would you or your co-workers like to work together to lose weight, manage stress, and/or quit smoking? A health coach can help you develop an action plan with personalized goals to improve your health and wellness.

Telephonic Mindfulness Coaching

The Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (powered by Impact Solutions) offers mindfulness coaching for employees and their family members.   Receive five free coaching calls with a mindfulness coach each year.  You can request a mindfulness coach by using this new online form, contacting or by calling (800) 678-6265.

Live Educational Webinars

Register for educational (and fun!) health and wellness webinars that focus on topics such as healthy eating, active living, stress management and many other subjects.