Oprah…? Dr. Phil…? Anybody…?
Frasier Crane always opened his fictional show with the classic line “I’m listening”, but if you’re dealing with depression or anxiety, who can you call on for help? Sadly, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Frasier aren’t around when you need them.
What many people may not realise is that whatever you need help with, whether it be depression, anxiety, or even legal aid, you can find assistance pretty easily. There are a multitude of people on campus who can help with a variety of issues, as well as many independent organizations, some of which you’ve undoubtedly heard of.
Who to talk to on campus
…To argue your case
If you need legal aid and/or advice, but can’t afford expensive attorneys’ fees, take advantage of the services offered by your SRC (Student Representative Council), as most will have a solicitor on campus who can provide you with free legal advice regarding anything from criminal law to university disputes.
…If you’re feeling blue, feeling low, and don’t know where to go
Most unis have a free counselling and psychological services departments (usyd’s is CAPS) that can provide face-to-face service, as well as online support for those who don’t have the time or are too embarrassed to visit in person. This is the place to go if you’re feeling anxious about exams or assessments, having trouble at home, or facing any other issue you can think of. Dealing with depression or anxiety can be difficult for anyone, and whether you want individual counselling, group counselling, or just some meditation exercises to help you manage your stress, checking out your uni website for more info is a good place to start!
There are so many organizations tackling depression and anxiety, but here are two that deal with youth issues in particular:
- Beyond Blue: a national initiative to combat depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder
- Kids Helpline: For young people (aged up to 25), Kids Helpline provides a free over-the-phone counselling service that is completely confidential
On a lighter note, find out which celebrities Sydney Uni students would book a counselling appointment with (assuming they were qualified, of course)!