Seeking Support.

Lately, I have noticed many people in my life, including me, have been struggling with various different things. I have been wanting to blog about something like this for a long time, but during that time I was unable to put how I felt into words. It wasn’t until last week when I attended a health and wellness fair at my university, that I found the perfect set of words. These set of words forms a pledge. This pledge is what I now live by. This pledge is something that I want everyone to know about. I want everyone to be aware of what’s out there. The pledge states:

I will listen if you need to talk to someone
I will talk to someone if I need to be listened to.
I will help you find a counselor
when you need more than listening.
I will find a counselor when I need more than to be listened to.

I will be accepting.
I will be honest.
I will see a person in need of support.

With this pledge,
I am declaring support for those suffering with
depression and/or anxiety.
You can talk with me. I want to help.
You are way too important to feel alone today. 

This pledge is called “Dan’s Bandana Project.” It is a UWRF(University of Wisconsin-River Falls) Foundation outreach campaign to promote a supportive environment for students suffering with symptoms of depression and anxiety, by empowering fellow students as advocates for their wellbeing.

I signed the pledge and received a bandana. Which I now have tied to my backpack. If you see me or any other person with this white bandana on campus do not be afraid to go up to them and ask for help. Whether it be asking them just to listen or helping you find a councilor. For those of you who do not know me and you go to my University or you just so happened to stumble upon my blog, do not be afraid to contact me. I’m just like you. I am not any more talented, any more skilled, any smarter, stronger, faster, or better. I put my pants on one leg at a time. So you know that I am human, and that when I say I am here to help you I really mean it. 

Going through depression and/or anxiety alone can be one of the hardest things you will ever go through, but it is something you do not have to go through alone. I am here for you. I will listen. Reaching out for help can be hard. There are opportunities out there for you to get better. Dan’s Bandana Project is just one of them. If you do not attend my University, but feel compelled to get help here are some links that might help you.

Self-Help and Coping Tips to Overcome Depression
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_tips.htm

How to Help Someone Who’s Depressed
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20452135,00.html

How Can I Get Help for Depression?
http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/help-for-depression#TreatmentFacts



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