Seeking help for a mental health issue is not always easy. When you hurt yourself or get the flu, the symptoms are visible and the cure is familiar. A mental health problem is not as clear-cut, so this makes the situation much harder to gauge. Sometimes you (or others) might believe that it’s not that bad, that you just aren’t strong enough, or even that you’re imagining the whole thing.
The truth is, stress is normal and experienced by everyone—especially in situations like coming to a new country, meeting lots of new people, or facing your final exams. But if you’re beginning to feel bad more often than you feel good—or if you are having trouble controlling these negative emotions—then it may be time to do something about it.
How can I tell if it’s time to seek help?
We’ve compiled a list of signs that could indicate something more serious than simply feeling blue. If any of these sound familiar, it may be time to seek help. That’s what your university’s counselling services are for!
If I see a counsellor, what kind of questions might they ask me?
Take a moment to read “Going to a Counsellor: What to Expect – Part I.” Remember, counsellors are there to help you—not to judge—and everything you share will remain confidential.
What do I need to know before I see a counsellor?
Still nervous? In “Going to a Counsellor – Part II,” we’ve answered a number of questions you might have about your first visit. Give it a read!
While it can feel scary or embarrassing to admit you need help, remember that seeing your doctor for a mental health issue is just as normal (and important!) as visiting a clinic for a sprained ankle. What’s more, your university offers counselling services for a reason; many students need help managing issues like stress, anxiety, and depression. Let yourself get the help you need so you can get back to living your life!
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