Hey readers!

Today I want to talk about the importance of asking for help. First of all, I want to emphasize that it’s okay to ask for help. We all go through times where we need support. Sometimes that means opening up to a friend or family member and other times that means seeking professional help. Either way, there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Seeking help does not make you any less independent or strong. In fact, asking for help is more than just okay, it’s healthy. Just like being mindful of your own physical health and going for regular checkups with you doctor is healthy, so is asking for help when it comes to your mental health.

Here are some ideas of people and resources you can turn to when you need help with your mental health:

1. Trusted friends and family members

While most friends and family might not be able to offer the same kind of support you can get from professionals, asking for help with something small like catching up with laundry or having someone to talk to when you’re stressed is so valuable. We often forget about how little things like helping with chores or offering a listening ear can help us feel supported. Try to think of some people in your life who you trust and are able to support you when you need it.

2. UVic Counselling Services

Counselling services are offered on the second floor of the university centre in room B270 (above Mystic Market). You can book an appointment with a certified counsellor for free, confidential support. Counselling services also offers a wide range of groups and workshops every semester. They can also offer career counselling for students who need help finding their academic and career paths. You can find out more about what counselling services has to offer here.

3. Vancouver Island Crisis Line

The Vancouver Island crisis line is available 24/7 if you need support. You can call them at 1-888-494-3888. You can call them at any time if you’re in a crisis, are seeking information and resources, or just find yourself in need of some emotional support. If you’re uncomfortable with talking on the phone, you can also text them at 250-800-3806 or chat with someone online through their Crisis Chat Services between 6pm to 10pm daily. You can find out more about what they have to offer here.

There are also a wide range of other services offered on and off campus. The UVic Student Mental Health page gives a comprehensive list of the services on campus and offers advice on how to maintain good mental health. Below is a list of some other awesome resources we have on campus and in our community as well.

Are there any great resources in our community that I missed? Let me know in the comments down below!

Remember, there is no shame in asking for help.

Love always,


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