Elle, you should never feel bad when asking for help. Don't listen to people who shame those on welfare. Unless you're applying for social support because you're too lazy to work and want free money and no job; you should NEVER feel guilty.
We work. We pay taxes. We pay for others' social support. Once in a while, we need help. Only those who are selfish and incredibly judgemental, judge others who apply for welfare. Guess what? Once they hit a brick wall, they ask for social support too. Don't ever listen to ignorant hipocrites who have no compassion for people.
Getting help from the government is not just a privilage, but it's also our right as tax-paying residents. We just need to be grateful and humble.
P.S. This just inspired me to write a bitchy article about judgemental people.