It's important to ask for help when you need it. A lot of us try to go it alone because we're embarrassed or we feel vulnerable. But sometimes, an impartial friend, mentor or someone who helps people for a living, can provide the perspective we need.
Looking back at my time in university and college, I am amazed at the resources that were available that I didn't really take advantage of: free gym, health services, student support services, professor's office hours.
While you're a student, there are lots of fantastic resources available to you. People (whole departments, even!) want to help you succeed. Let them!
Things to remember when asking for help
Match the right people to the right problem: For example, it might not be a great idea to ask someone who has just gone through a bitter break up for dating advice. Or, someone you know is a lot of fun—but scattered—for advice about balancing school work and your part-time job
Know when to go to the professionals for advice: Some problems need more than a bro hug and an offer to take you out. If you find that you are overwhelmed and need an expert to talk to, there are a number of people who can connect you with the resources you need (finances, mental health, dispute resolution and more)
Peer to Peer: Know the Score 2 is a big fan of peer to peer. Our display is staffed by specially-trained students at each campus we visit. Many colleges and universities have peer to peer mentoring programs and events led by peer educators that can help students adapt to college life and connect to resources and services. Check out University of Ottawa's UOHS and Georgian College's Learning Strategies & Peer Services
Pass it on: Help others. If friends have opened themselves up to you and ask for help – give them a hand.
College and university campuses and websites are an excellent one-stop shop for help. Take advantage of it. Know the Score 2 is in Ottawa this week, and here are the resources we dug up for the three campuses we're visiting:
Asking for help: it's about knowing more!
One of the four program goals for Know the Score 2 is: 'share problem gambling services'. So if a student is concerned about their (or someone else's) gambling, RGC provides information about local services available where they are attending school, and our Know the Score 2 rep and student staff provide information and hand out magnets with the free and confidential Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline, at 1-888-230-3505.