Records show various ways to better understand help-seeking behavior. Literatures also showed that despite the fact that free counseling is available in the campus; only limited numbers of students are accessing the said service. The current study investigated the college students’ informal and formal ways of seeking help among 488 samples enrolled at a private university in Metro Manila. These college students were 18.5 years old on average [219 or 44.8% are males and 269 or 55.1% are females]. Findings reveal that 57% have not received or sought counseling while 43% were found to be aware of the presence and have received or sought a counseling service. Half or 55% proportions have expressed a need to talk their concerns if offered and 45% expressed no interest of expressing their concerns. The present study revealed that these college students marked preference for informal ways of seeking help specifically to their friends, parents, and other significant others but also showed interest in accessing the formal ways of seeking help. These results highlight the needs to explore better mechanisms as to how the campus-based counseling can maximize students’ informal ways of seeking help. Working with students significant others can be explored by creating a peer support system and easy access to counseling. Furthermore, results point the need for the school counselors to further promote the services of the campus school counseling centers by educating the students, parents, and campus stakeholders of the benefits of counseling.
Maria Cristina Firmante, De La Salle University, Philippines
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