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Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Embarrassed

“NDSU Counseling Center, could you please hold?” “Y-Yes,” I stammered, as I sat at my kitchen counter with my roommate and boyfriend at the time. My knees were shaking, and I still had no idea what I was going to tell the receptionist.

Yeah, could I book one therapist, please?How does one even say they need to talk to someone who will professionally and properly handle mental dilemmas that need attention?

My roommate had known I was struggling with a few things like depression, anxiety, body image issues and other topics that needed discussing. However, I was still skeptical if I was willing to disclose that kind of information with a complete stranger.

“Thank you for holding. How can I help you?” the receptionist brightly asked me. “Uh, can I, is it possible for me to schedule an appointment?” I nervously asked. “Do you mean with a counselor?” she slowly responded. “Yes, yes one of those, please,” I awkwardly rebounded.

My face was hot and I could feel tears welling up in my eyes, but I knew this was something I should have done years ago but was always caught up in other things.

The thing with seeing a counselor or therapist and asking for help is that some are afraid. Others don’t think they need someone else’s help to figure out their problems and thoughts. While it’s alright to think you can do it alone, don’t ever mistake the idea of a counselor as only for someone who is severely sick or suffering for a mental illness.

It’s good to sit down with someone who can translate your concerns and channel whatever you’re struggling with into something beneficial. When I finally went, after making my train-wreck of an appointment, I’ll admit, I had a hard time disclosing information with Kate, my assigned counselor.

She got to the root of many of my problems, which I quickly realized were very much connected. Kate questioned my personal thoughts, relationships, reactions and even aspirations to help me reach my full potential. She pushed me to think of things differently and how to approach them. To this day, she’s helped me make decisions that I could not have on my own.

If you have ever or are actively considering seeing a counselor, don’t even question it. It is free to students and totally confidential. They cover counseling topics from careers, relationships, body image, depression, anxiety and are a LGBT safety zone.

The NDSU Counseling Center is located in 212 Ceres Hall and is open during the school year as well as the summer.


“One in every four college students suffers from mental illness.”
The following resources are available at NDSU and in the community:

Free NDSU counseling programs
The Fortitude Project: LGBTQA Support Group
3:30 – 4:50 p.m. Thursdays. A confidential support group for
LGBT students. Provides opportunities for students to discuss and
connect with fellow Bison about self-identification.
Meditation for Stress Management and Improved
Focus
3 – 4 p.m. Mondays. Since 2001, this group of students, faculty
and staff practices mindful meditation. All are welcome; weekly
attendance is not mandatory.
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Support Group
2 – 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Open for any NDSU student concerned
with substance abuse or dependence.
Graduate Student Support Group
12 – 1:30 p.m. Friday. Provides a setting for graduate students
to meet and connect with their peers.
Mental health institutions in North Dakota
North Dakota State Counseling Center: 212 Ceres Hall.
(701) 231-7671. ndsu.edu/counseling
“(P)rovides a confidential setting in which students may explore
concerns of a personal, academic or career-related nature; makes
referrals; and serves as consultants,” NDSU Counseling Center
website reads. The service is included in student fees.
Prairie St. John’s: 510 Fourth St. S. (877) 333-9565. prairiestjohns.
com
Since 1997, Prairie St. John’s has served the Fargo-Moorhead
community. The fully licensed and accredited facility serves all
patients suffering from mental health issues, chemical dependency
addition or co-occurring disorders.
Sanford Behavioral Health: 100 Fourth St. S. (701) 234-
2000. sanfordhealth.org
Offering behavioral health, counseling, psychiatry and
psychology, Sanford Health provides varieties of “therapeutic
strategies to reduce symptoms, improve life skills and help people
regain control of their lives,” its website reads.
North Dakota Suicide Prevention Program: 600 East
Blvd. Ave., Dept. 301, Bismarck. (800) 273-8255. ndhealth.gov/
suicideprevention
Suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death in North Dakota. The
hotline listed above is available at any time for those thinking of
committing suicide.
Neuropsychiatric Research Institute:700 First Ave. S.
(701) 293-1335. nrifargo.com
NRI is home to the Eating Disorders Institute, which “offers
state-of-the-art therapies to treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia
nervosa and obesity,” its website reads.
Dacotah Foundation:
112 N. University Dr. Suite 230. (701) 364-0743
The non-profit organization’s mission statement reads,
“To provide a system of care that enhances the quality of life
for children and adults with mental illness and/or chemical
dependency.”
Further resources
freedomfromfear.org: A national non-profit mental illness
advocacy organization for anxiety and depression
iocdf.org: The International OCD Foundation helps individuals
overcome their disorder
mhand.org: The Mental Health America of North Dakota website
ulifeline.org: An online resource for college-related mental
health questions

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