Monday, November 17, 2014
Why is seeking help so hard? Just twenty minutes ago, I made the phone call to my school's counseling services. As I did so, my heart was beating fast, my palms sweaty (knees weak arms spaghetti ... okay sorry no.) It wasn't just because I hate talking on the phone either. Okay maybe that was part of it. Ultimately though I was nervous to reach out, to say "I need help."
I know I'm not alone in this. Even though I am such an advocate for counseling, and tell everyone they should try therapy, I've never tried it myself. Not only that, I am scared to try it myself. It's come to a point where I feel like I need it. That doesn't always have to be the case, however. Everyone needs someone to talk to, and not everyone has that resource. Most colleges offer free sessions with a counselor, whether it be a peer or licensed therapist. It doesn't hurt to call and make that screening appointment. (A lot of insurance companies also cover appointments!)
If you needed someone to push you in the right direction and seek help, consider it this. If you're struggling, reach out to someone; a counselor, your regular physician. It's okay to be scared for courage does not come from lack of fear, but overcoming it.