Have you seen social media posts about mental health that just truly spoke to you? Has that made you wonder if going to Counseling sessions might be similar to or different than that? 

Instagram posts are accessible and provide easy ways to learn more about mental health. These posts can be inspiring, thought-provoking, educational, and reflective. But sometimes, seeing a mental health counselor may be a better fit for your needs. 

When you see a mental health counselor: 

  • You can get a mental health diagnosis 
  • You get personalized help through an interactive/interpersonal experience 
  • Your therapist can refer you to other resources or healthcare providers  
  • You can confide in a confidential professional who can offer validation and feedback.  

So, how do you know when seeing a counselor is a good idea? Signing up for a counseling appointment may be a good idea if: 

  • You’ve wondered if you need counseling but talked yourself out of going 
  • You feel down, anxious, or not like yourself 
  • Your quality of life, school, work, or relationships are suffering  
  • You feel overwhelmed, tired all the time, irritable, angry, or nervous 
  • Something just doesn’t feel right  

It’s okay – it’s actually a great thing – to get help when you need it. Seeing a counselor is not a sign of failure, and it doesn’t mean you are bad or weak. Most USF students who go to counseling are glad they did, and report feeling better after counseling.  

Interested in signing up?  

Call (813) 974-2831, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am to 5pm to schedule a tele-mental health appointment. 

Not sure about a Counseling appointment but want something more than a social media post? 

There are other options that are self-guided or require less commitment: 

  • TAO – an online library of engaging, interactive resources to learn life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments and handle common stumbling blocks in life 
  • Togetherall – an online peer-to-peer platform, offering a safe space to connect with others experiencing similar feelings 
  • Drop-in workshops at the Counseling Center (no appointment needed) – flexible and accessible ways to learn coping skills and share experiences with peers, without the need for semester-long commitment 

Need help now? 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call: 9-1-1 or University Police: (813) 974-2628. If you or someone you know is experiencing a personal or emotional crisis after hours, please call our 24-hour number at (813) 974-2831 and press option 3 to speak with a licensed mental healthcare professional.