By Toby Leigh
College is hard. Life is hard. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, it’s easy to feel stressed, lonely, depressed, just overall horrible. It’d be nice if it’d be difficult to fall into a dark place, but for many people, it happens. It can be hard to pull yourself up, but you don’t have to do it alone. In this list, I’ve compiled 5 resources that might be useful to you.
Disclaimer: This isn’t a “top 5” list. All of these are viable options, and one isn’t above the other. It all depends on where you’re at, and what your needs are. If you or a loved one are in crisis, and struggling with thoughts of suicide or self harm, please dial 988.
5. Client Centered Counseling – Client Centered Counseling is a counseling service. The first 10 visits are free for McPherson students, and they allow for both walk-ins and scheduled appointments. Call (620) 241-2300 to schedule an appointment.
McPherson College has begun to offer digital counseling through uwill.com. This service is completely free to all McPherson students. You can get an immediate appointment, with a therapist matched to help you with what you need. These can be phone, video chat, or text sessions. This is a wonderful option for students who might not want (or be able to) do in-person counseling!
3. Your Fellow Students
I understand that college is a harrowing, lonely experience for a lot of people. I’m going to be honest, it’s been that way for me sometimes. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to be alone. Reach out to your friends, you might find that they might be feeling the same way.
2. The Academic Advising Team – The Academic Advising Team consists of four members (Jen Sjuts, Rhianna Reed, Jamie Pjesky and Matt Cotton), willing to help you with everything from disability services to athletic support, to career planning. You can contact Jen Sjuts (Director of Academic Advising and Student Success) at [email protected]
- Student Affairs.
On the main floor of the lobby, there’s the Student Affairs office. Anyone who works in Student Affairs is there to help you and guide you, and would gladly listen to you, with whatever you need help with. As a bonus, Barley, an emotional support dog, is there sometimes too!
All in all, no matter what you’re struggling with, I hope you get the help you need and deserve. Nobody deserves to suffer in silence.