When To Seek Help

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Proverbs 15:22

There are many ways to get support. Some seek out friends, family members, religious leaders, and counselors. Sharing our concerns can be helpful especially if we feel supported and understood. Sometimes we need advice or someone to help us come up with options, and sometimes we may need someone to just listen or be present with us.

There are times when we need to speak to a counselor about an issue confidentially. In the Brickley Center we would encourage students to speak to a counselor if any of the following is indicated:

  • When it is difficult to focus and concentrate
  • When you feel a lack of motivation and energy
  • You feel so overwhelmed that it is difficult to figure out what to do next
  • A change in your eating habits, weight gain/loss
  • Abusing alcohol and/or drugs
  • Extreme jealousy
  • Missing too many classes/assignments
  • Feel a need to be alone in a way that is different from being energized by “just getting your space”
  • Feeling sad or depressed and not like yourself
  • Having thoughts of harming yourself, suicidal thoughts (see emergency services below)
  • Feel stressed or anxious in a way that seems to take away enjoyment or focus
  • Relationship stressors with family, peers, or intimate relationships that interfere with your sleep or focus/concentration.

These are just some reasons to consult with a counselor, though there are other reasons as well.


Brickley Center receptionist: 617-745-3892.

Brad Thorne, Director: 617-745-3894,

Emergency Services

The Center provides emergency services 24 hours a day/seven days a week. You can reach the on-call counselor by calling 617-955-4139. Leave your message with your name and phone number and the on-call counselor should get back to you momentarily.

In rare occasions that the counselors are unavailable for emergencies, emergency coverage is provided by South Shore Mental Health in Quincy, MA. Their crisis team can be reached at 617-774-6036.




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