The Student Counselling Service is occasionally contacted by students with concerns about a friend or partner. Caring for an emotionally troubled friend can be stressful and upsetting. We are happy to offer you the chance to speak to a counsellor which can help to clarify your concerns and decide how best to respond. A discussion with a counsellor can also help you to keep in mind your own limits and to know when to stop intervening.
If your friend or partner is also a student, and wants to see a counsellor, s/he should contact us directly. By making his or her own appointment, s/he will feel more committed and involved, and will be more likely to keep the appointment.
Timing and motivation are both factors in the effectiveness of counselling. This means it is important that students book their own appointments and decide for themselves whether this is the right time to seek help.
This article was published on Jul 13, 2010