Student life is a time when we are faced with a number of unique and significant transitions in our life. It is a time when we may be faced with a series of both exciting and stressful circumstances. We may feel a whole array of emotions from a desire to do well academically, to aspirations of having a happy future, to the excitement and thrill of exploring romantic and peer relationships, to a longing for family and friends back home for those of us studying outside our hometowns. It is almost like an intricate puzzle where the objective is to survive this time by effectively managing our academic schedules and study routines, taking care of our day to day responsibilities, as well as managing our social interactions. It is a time for accepting unfamiliar or newer ideas, people and environments, while learning to let go of what was comfortable to us and coping with any losses or rejections we may face along the way.
Benefits of counseling for students:
Since the challenges faced during this time of life can be quite overwhelming, it is important to assess how we are feelings from time to time and to seek help if we feel unable to manage our emotions. It is completely understandable to feel uncertain about whom to share our feelings with or to depend on for support. Some of us may be more comfortable with approaching friends or supportive others for help when we feel distressed, while others may tend to withdraw into themselves. In either case, there can be a genuine experience of overwhelming distress which can benefit from the support provided by counseling services. Mental health professionals are qualified, trained, and equipped to help us through a wide range of issues and concerns we may be facing during these significant years. These issues can range from academic stress, to relationship problems, depression and anxiety, and career related concerns.
How iCALL Can Help You
iCALL is a free service that offers email and telephone-based counseling. It was founded in 2012 with an aim to help anyone in need of such help across age, gender, sexual orientation and race. At iCALL, it is our endeavor to provide comprehensive and professional assistance to all who feel the need for it. The services are free and are easily accessible across geographical locations, which means that anyone from any part of the world can reach out for help. iCALL also conducts workshops and trainings for corporates, educational institutions, government agencies, and NGOs that it is partnered with. The content and the length of these workshops/trainings can be tailored according to the needs of your institution.
Spread the word about iCALL
You can help spread the word about iCALL by putting up our posters/fliers/newsletters on noticeboards/ common areas in your institution. You can also talk about iCALL on your social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter. Or in case, you do not have the means to do any of the above, the information can always be shared through word of mouth. Spreading the word makes the service more accessible to all those who may at one time or another feel the need for it. You could also contact your Principal/Vice-Chancellor to invite iCALL for a workshop. Our contact details are as follows
Points of contact at iCALL to discuss further ideas
Tanuja Babre, Programme Coordinator – iCALL