Poor College StudentSchoolPoor College Student<div class="ExternalClass893022F397964605A3DF2734B89A2C35"><p>​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Hey I recently started college. Financial aid covered everything but I need help elsewhere. I've had a rough past and a lot of memories are resurfacing along with a lot going in the last couple of months. I have had urges to harm myself, suicidal thoughts, depression and many other things. I'm just afraid that I'm too poor to get any help whatsoever. What do I do, it's hard to focus, and I really need to finish college. I'm just so stressed. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass52306ADD3B8E43D3B3582AE4B106927F"><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Thanks so much for reaching out.  Congrats on a new chapter in your life.  There is no doubt that even though it is exciting, it is stressful.  A transition can be hard to adjust to both physically and emotionally, so be sure you are scheduling in time for yourself to get ample sleep, exercise, study, but also have some social.  In addition, and most important is feeding your emotional self.  </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Check on campus to see if you are able to talk to a counselor there.  Often campus mental health services are free to students.  Finances can take a toll. Check in with the college to make sure you have applied for every loan, grant, work study, or scholarship that you can.  Sometimes donations come into schools and unexpected offers are there just waiting for the taking or the right match.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">You are right that depression can affect your focus, so organization is key.  If you keep a planner that is hour by hour it will allow you to schedule, like mentioned above, it allows you to take breaks, it allows you to only have to focus on the moment, and to prioritize.  </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Suicidal thoughts are not thoughts that just everyone gets at some point.  That is pretty serious, so do not sit alone with these thoughts.  Tell a trusted adult now.  Think of some healthy ways to combat the stress you are feeling.  Here are few ideas and articles to look at. Ok?<br></span></p><p> <a href="/Pages/tip-your-safety.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-your-safety.aspx</span></a></p><p> <a href="/Pages/tip-How-to-Use-Coping-Skills.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-How-to-Use-Coping-Skills.aspx</span></a></p><p> <a href="/Pages/tip-dont-give-up.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-dont-give-up.aspx</span></a></p><p> <a href="/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx</span></a></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Please call in if your thoughts worsen.  The Hotline is here for you.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Laura, Crisis Counselor</span><br></p></div>19

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