We know this year has been full of challenges, heightened stress, and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When you’re feeling overwhelmed by remote learning, upcoming tests, or college applications, pause, take a breath, and remember that your feelings are valid and that you’re not alone. Taking care of yourself has never been more important and the Counseling Department is here to help and support you.
We’ve developed this Virtual Wellness Center as a resource for your well-being and a place where you can step away from the constant commotion of daily life into a calm, relaxing environment. These interactive resources include websites, videos, playlists, and more, all designed to calm your mind, body, and spirit anytime, anywhere.Welcome to Mercy's Virtual Wellness Center
Welcome to Mercy’s Virtual Wellness Center!
We’re glad that you dropped by!
Here you will find resources and activities that can be used to promote healthy wellness practices. During your visit, we hope that you will treat yourself to the gift of relaxation and self-care that you need and deserve!
What a moment this is for all of us. Social distancing. Uncertainty. Illness. Quarantine. Hand sanitizer. Distance learning. Google meets. Zooms. Cancelled events. 6 feet apart. Masks. Temperature checks. Isolation. Loss. Stuck at home. Safe at home. Loneliness. Grief. Netflix. Netflix. Netflix.
Let’s face it: we have all been through quite a journey over the past year. We continue to be stretched as individuals and as a broader community – and some days are easier than others. As we navigate the 2020-20201 school year, the OLM Counseling Department is committed to a year of sticking together – no matter the challenges that await! As a department, we are committed to supporting each student’s social, emotional, and intellectual growth while providing opportunities for connection, collaboration, and self-reflection. We celebrate the resilience, the determination, and the creativity of our incredible Mercy students, faculty, staff, and parents. The Virtual Wellness Room is a tool to help you access resources remotely. These resources are meant to provide general information and suggestions to support positive well-being and self-care.
We’re here to lend an ear!
Connect with one of our counselors today. See below to find out which counselor you should contact.
- Jane Searl – Middle School Counselor
- Caitlin Schmalstich – 9th Grade Counselor
- Sara Thomas – 10th – 12th Grade Counselor for Last Names F-O; 11th graders: Campanella-Epstein; 12th graders: Cook-Ellie
- Lori Purcell – 10th – 12th Grade Counselor for Last Names P-Z; 11th graders: Abebe-Brown; 12th graders: Agostinelli-Conway
Lori Purcell, M.S. Ed.
Director of College and Career Advising/School Counselor
Sara Thomas, M.S. Ed., NCC
Caitlin Schmalstich, M.S.
Jane Searl, M.S. Ed.
Middle School Counselor
Lisa Costello, B.A.
Counseling Department Coordinator
As part of our See Something, Say Something initiative, Mercy is adopting a Safe School Helpline to report health and safety concerns, threats of violence, and illegal activity that could harm students.
The number, 1-800-4-1-VOICE x359, is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports may also be made by texting the word “tips” to 614-426-0240 or online at www.safeschoolhelpline.com.
Disclaimer: The links on this website are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional.
Coloring & Creativity
Games & Puzzles
Movement & Exercise
Office Space Stretches:
Yoga on YouTube:
Nutrition & Health
Mindfulness & Meditation
Sounds & Music
- Stress Relief (Spotify)
- Deep Focus (Spotify)
- Relax (Apple Music)
- Soothing Relaxation Music (YouTube)