"For me, I need someone there. I don't know where I'd be if I didn't have my mom to help me out. She's been there through everything."
"If you really want to find kind people in this world, people who are really willing to help... then go to a church on Sunday morning."
"Having those resources in place was important for me. I had counseling; I had somebody monitoring my medications, if I needed accommodations I had that option open to me…"
"My doctor is sort of my sounding board to know how I'm doing. On the one hand I can try to deduce myself how I'm doing, but from what happened last time I learned that I wouldn't always know that I was getting sick."
"You do feel isolated - very isolated. And you can't talk to people about it because they don't understand... when you walk into a (peer support group)... you just feel great. It's almost like family."
Finding a support network
The verdict is in. Having a good social life isn't a luxury. It's important for good mental health. You need people around you to celebrate the good times - and support you in the bad times. With the constant demands of schoolwork, it may feel like you don't have time for a social life. Make it a priority. Being with other people can help you keep things in perspective, give you the chance to talk through problems and get the support you need to solve them, and above all - allow you to relax and have some fun!
The more wide and varied your support network, the better. Try to connect with people early in the
semester, when your energy is apt to be higher, so you have connections already in place when school
year pressures start to mount.
Peer Support Groups
While the Disability Services Office is the obvious place to find support on campus, don't s top there. A wide variety of resources for students are available. Check out the services provided by:
Chances are you have a psychologist or psychiatrist in the community providing you with care. Or
you may receive care from a General Practitioner (GP) or family doctor who has a special interest
in psychiatry. Or you may have a social worker or case manager who has worked with you on various
issues. You will probably want to continue to see that professional regularly, but you may also
want to connect with a counselor on campus to talk about school-related issues.
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