College, oh how we love it.
In the future you will look back and reminisce on how college gave you the best years of your life. Right now, you’re probably looking at it like “What the heck am I doing? HELPPPPP.”
Here are 4 resources you can use to make it through.
1. College Counseling Center
Jump on your school’s website and search ‘counseling.’ Many times, colleges will have their own counseling center for students and you can schedule appointments to speak with those counselors. You should be able to see a counselor for free (included in your tuition and fees). These are LICENSED COUNSELORS, not to be confused with academic advisors/counselors. It is an excellent place to start, especially if you are not familiar with ‘therapy’. These counselors are trained to deal with students and they will be your advocate during your college career.
2. Disabilities Accommodations
Are you someone who suffers from test anxiety? Are you easily distracted? Are you taking medicine for something like this OR does your doctor know that you struggle with something like this? If so, speak to the disabilities coordinator at your campus. Ask them what you need to do in order to receive accommodations and if it is something your doctor can sign off on. Disabilities coordinators are usually very understanding and understand that a disability cannot always be “seen.” You don’t have to be in a wheel chair to receive accommodations.
3. Support Groups
Whether online or in-person, there are support groups all around you. I noticed that there are more in-person support groups near college towns, BUT online support groups are also an option. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers support groups online. You can attend the group for young adults, women, or their groups that contain all adults. Some of the participants simply struggle with depression, some of them struggle with both depression and bipolar disorder. The meetings are set up in video chat format, but people often want to remain anonymous, so they will just speak through the mic about their experiences. There are also MANY private support groups on Facebook that you can use to vent and seek advice if needed. Type ‘depression support group’ or ‘anxiety support group’ in your search box. You’d be surprised. Stick to the private groups, (that is–if you want to prevent your FB friends from seeing your posts.)
4. Crisis Text Line
In an emergency situation? Is school too overwhelming? The Crisis Text Line will help take yourself from a heated moment to a cool moment. College is VERY stressful, and we don’t want to see anyone ‘snap’. Yes, I’m sure you know about the Suicide Prevention Hotline…but sometimes texting is just more convenient. Many of us have been in that place where we feel like we are going to break down and are afraid of what we will do next. It’s like having an out-of-body experience, you feel out of control. Having a severe case of anxiety doesn’t make things any better. Feeling like you’re about to act impulsively and do something you may potentially regret? Hit that text line!! Matter of fact, program it to your phone right now!
When Your Brain Hurts