At our Center we believe awareness, prevention, and education are, like therapy, important components of good mental health. Therefore, the Counseling & Testing Center staff members offer a wide variety of outreach both on and off campus. This outreach consists of presentations and trainings in classes, to student groups, with faculty and staff, for local school systems, and to various community groups. Presentations include such topics as suicide prevention, sexual assault awareness, GLBT issues, eating disorders, healthy relationships, managing stress, diversity, personality types, psychological disorders, etc. If you would like more details on our programs or topics, or to request a presentation, please contact us. We would be happy to work with you, for more information please contact Betsy Pierce.
Outreach Topics Include:
Developing a Plan and Sticking to It
How to Live a Happy Life
Identifying Stress & Burnout
QPR (Suicide Prevention)
Sexual Assault Awareness/Green Dot
Anxiety & Depression
Myers Briggs Type Indicator-II
Working with Distressed Students
Request Our Outreach Services
To request our outreach services, please contact Betsy Pierce or contact our office at 270-745-3159.
Well, here you are. You made it to college, moved in, and sort of got settled. By now you know where your classes are and have been shocked by the requirements on each syllabus. At some point, maybe next week, maybe next semester, you might find yourself feeling homesick. You'll know this by the knot in your stomach when something reminds you of home, and by wishing for things you never thought you would. Of course, there are some things you don't miss, like a curfew, parental rules, sharing a bathroom with a younger sibling, etc. But what you might miss is being in familiar surroundings, the regularity of time with friends or family, and just knowing what each day will bring. Rest assured that what you are experiencing is normal and that most people have similar feelings, even those that don't seem to be homesick or would not admit it. The sadness and anxiety that define homesickness will fade with time. Spend time with people who are good for you, place a comforting reminder from home where you can see it, try new activities, and BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF. Let time do its work. You can do this. Welcome to college.
Without a doubt, one of the hardest things about being a pet owner (though the pets really own us) is the death of that pet. For an animal lover, that pet was a member of the family, and for some, even closer than the human members. When those eyes that looked at us with unconditional love are no longer present, there's a void keenly noticed and felt. Our rooms are emptier, literally and emotionally, when our animal is not there to greet us. We expect to see them in their usual sleeping spot, or we automatically start to feed them and catch ourselves walking toward the food bowl before we remember.
Yes, whether they were part of our lives briefly or for many years, it is extremely hard when they're gone. And if it's possible for the loss to be even more difficult, it is made so if the decision had to be made to have the pet "put down" to relieve the suffering of illness. This writer has been there, and there are times I still look for that face at the patio door. So I know it is important to allow ourselves to be sad sometimes, to miss their presence, their love, their craziness. But I think we are sustained by two things. One, of course, are the memories, because in spite of the current grief, aren't you glad they were in your life? Secondly, we are better people for having shared their time and space, more patient, more calm, more compassionate.
Remember you are not alone in your sadness; other pet lovers understand. For persons who don't understand or who make unfeeling comments or who never were close to a pet themselves, let's find it in our hearts to pity them. They don't know what they've missed.
So let yourself embrace your grief and feel it, embrace the memories, and embrace the joy your pet brought. It was worth it all.