Mental health and well-being is an important aspect of university life.
Many universities offer one-on-one counselling, online resources and workshops on a variety of topics, including:
- The transition to university
- Meeting new people
- Dealing with anxiety
- Stress management
- Developing time management and study skills
Many university campuses offer access to doctors, nurses, nutritionists, chiropractors and other medical services so you don’t have to go far if you need medical care, a referral or a prescription refill.
Many of these services are included in your fees, but if you already have additional health and dental benefits coverage, you might want to opt out of your university’s health plan or fees. Talk to a representative of your student union or a staff member at the Indigenous student centre to learn more about your options.
Another way to stay grounded during your studies is to access spiritual health services on campus, such as a multi-faith resource centre or the Indigenous student centre.
Staff and volunteers are trained professionals who can meet and talk with you, provide spiritual support and refer you to other resources on campus that might be useful to you.
Many Indigenous student centres also have Elders who visit campus for counselling, teachings and ceremonies.
Many resources offer tips on how to stay healthy during your studies. Here are a couple examples:
- Accessible Campus is a resource for educators and students who want to learn more about accessibility issues, including mental health. It showcases a number of videos about students who have accessed supports and overcome physical, learning and mental health barriers to succeed at university.
- More Feet on the Ground is a resource that helps faculty, administration and campus staff recognize and respond to students experiencing mental health issues, and refer students to relevant programs or departments on campus. It also outlines the mental health services available to students at each university.