Joushua Miller/Viking/@joshua_miller8
Joushua Miller/Viking/@joshua_miller8

It was the middle of January and a student was in the middle of turmoil. After writing a story for The Viking on the benefits of personal counseling at LBCC, the student remembered all the information she discovered writing that story. She then made a humbling call to do something that was difficult for her: ask for help.
She called to request an appointment for personal counseling and was told no.
Although politely, this was the answer she was given. Understandably, she described being dumbfounded. She was told that counseling was only available for “current” semester students.
It was winter and she was enrolled for spring, so this made her ineligible for a service.
She is registered for a full-time load for spring, it is her last semester before graduating, being a student in good-standing both financially and academically did nothing to help her case. She was told to wait until the semester that started a month later.
No additional help or support, no hotline number to call, no suggestions on what to do in the meantime. She was just politely told to hold on to her grief until a month passed.
By no means do we suggest the woman who took her call did anything wrong; we believe she was acting in accordance with school protocol. Our concern lies in the protocol.
What if she had been a student content with taking her life and this had been a final cry for help? Shouldn’t simply being enrolled for any future term be enough?
To be turned away with nothing is not a helpful or adequate response. This is especially so considering this writer had just told thousands of students via newspaper that personal counseling was a safe haven.
And while it still probably is to some degree, it’s best for all students to know that that safe haven is only extended to you under certain circumstances.