The pressures of college weigh heavily on even the most hardened minds and every once in a while, students need to “spill” to someone. That’s why a business student at University of Wisconsin-Madison founded Spill, an internet site and national organization that allows students to seek advice from each other. Since 2009, the site has spread to college campuses around the nation including Indiana University.
National Advisor for Spill Lauren Heilbrunn is trying to organize an executive board at IU that would promote the site and encourage students to sign up. Heilbrunn says the site makes counseling more accessible to students.
“Spill is immediate feedback within 24 hours from many different people and it really uses a medium that relates to the college student generation,” she says.
At IU it can take more than a week to provide students a scheduled meeting with a counselor if their issues aren’t considered to be an emergency.
The site is anonymous, so it allows students to communicate with other local students who have had similar experiences without the risk of being identified.
Spill aims to aid college students on a wide spectrum: from those seeking advice about relationships, to those who may be considering harming themselves.
“We physically do not interact or ever see them face to face, but we want to be able to be a place where they can get information on where they can go next,” says Heilbrunn.
Spill is still looking for volunteers on IU’s campus. You can find more information about the program at www.Spillnow.com.