I know virtually all universities have counseling centers and readily make them available to undergraduate and graduate students alike, but feel like these resources are not readily known about. When I was orientating I think I heard this topic broached for under three minutes and watched as my incoming grad student cohort (and I) rolled their eyes in feigned attention. But that was really the last I have ever heard about the counseling program. Now heading into the twilight of my graduate career I can honestly look back and say I should have made use of the counseling.
Graduate school can place an immense amount of physical stress on you what with all the long and strange hours (3:00 am time points suck). But you are also under so much mental stress at some points in your training that it feels like the weight of the world rest upon your shoulders and one of them is about to pop out of socket from all the pressures. Honestly it would have been nice to have someone to talk to (outside your normal circle of friends) to just open up to them when life gets too hard sometimes. I know there is a stigma to seeking counseling and it sucks. I have heard the quiet whispers about the folks who do and seen the damning stares that others have given them. It is not fair to put these resources in place to aid those who are hurting and then condemn them for seeking help.
The purpose of this point is to remind folks that these resources do exist, and people are using them, and if you feel the need, you should too. We all feel the weight of stress but we shouldn't feel alone.