A rather melodramatic sounding title, huh?? Well, never mind that. The point that I as wanting to make was that I all of a very sudden, just 5 minutes ago, had a thought that made me feel much better. Now, to preface that with a back story so those of you who are all ‘what are you talking about??!?’ can follow along…
For the past couple weeks I’ve been rather down in the dumps, as it were….sad, angry, frustrated….in some ways it looked like I was jumping around through all the different stages of grief (without ever really getting to ‘acceptance’) and I think I may have just reached that last stage today! That, or I’ve just reached another level of bargaining. I suppose I won’t know for sure just yet – time will tell!
Anywho, I figured that it might be worthwhile to talk about this here….
I read in the paper today an article about this student helpline that is run in downtown Toronto for university and college students that feel like they’ve reached the end of their rope and are seriously thinking of self-harm or even suicide, or maybe for those who just need someone to talk to because they don’t know what else to do. The hotline is called Good2Talk, and they have a partnership with the Kids Help Phone.
So why mention this here. Well, because I want you guys to realize that this site, and the library in general, are a place where you can find information on pretty much anything. We do keep a good list of links to various organizations that you might find useful on everything from how to understand student funding (like OSAP) to how to find a job, to how to get help in a difficult situation. Take a look at all the links on the left-hand side of the screen…take a gander at what is under the Life and School headings. These are sites that we – the staff here at VPL – have searched for and decided were worthwhile and trustworthy.
And, on a different note – a lot of people don’t know or realize this, but ANYONE is allowed to actually write and post stuff here on the blog. It doesn’t have to be just the Teen Book Reviews, and it doesn’t have to just be the librarians and other VPL staff who post things. If you’ve found something really cool that you want to share, or if you think/feel that there’s a topic or something that should be brought up and talked about, by all means, go for it!
When you register for the Vortex, you create a username – it’s your choice what you want to call yourself (alas, we do require that it stays clean =P), but you can have as much or as little anonymity as you’d like. The posts do have to get approved by myself or another VPL staff, but basically that’s just saying that we have to keep the language clean, and just send me an email (or any other staff member you know) to let us know that there’s a post waiting to be approved and we’ll get that posted.
So, yeah. Sometimes things really suck…like really, really suck. I guess, the thing is that we just have to keep trying to find that thing – whatever it is – that helps us get through it.