World Mental Health Day – Resources and Supports

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October 10 is World Mental Health Day. At U of G, we care about your mental health. If you are experiencing mental health challenges or know someone who is, know that you are not alone. We have resources and supports that can help.

Free Mental Health Resources for Students

  • Counselling Services: Individual and group counselling for students
    JT Powell Buildinghow to find the JT Powell Building
    Drop-in sessions Monday to Friday – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Student Wellness Navigators: Service for students who have concerns about their mental health and don’t know where to go next
    JT Powell Building
    Drop-in sessions Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Student Support Network: Confidential peer-to-peer support
    JT Powell Building, Room 1149
    Drop-in sessions Monday to Friday – noon to 10 p.m.
  • Here 24/7: Local mental health and crisis phone line
    Available 24/7
    1-844-437-3247
  • Crisis Text Line: text-based mental health support
    Available 24/7
    Text “UofG” to 686868 to start a conversation

U of G’s Student Experience team also offers advising services to help you navigate life at University.

  • Aboriginal Student Advisor – Natasha Young – natasha.young@uoguelph.ca
  • International Student Advisor – Matthew Keefe – mkeefe@uoguelph.ca
  • Cultural Diversity Advisor – Cameron Litchmore – clitchmo@uoguelph.ca
  • Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor – Jarred Sanchez-Cacnio – cacnioj@uoguelph.ca
  • Multi-Faith Resource Team – Sonya Wu-Winter – swuwinte@uoguelph.ca

Free Mental Health Resources for Staff and Faculty

  • Employee and Family Assistance Program: Confidential, professional counselling for personal, family, relationship and wellness issues.
    Available 24/7
    Call Homewood Behavioural Health Corporation at 519-821-9258 or toll-free at 1-800-265-8310. Assistance can also be arranged through Occupational Health Services at ext. 52133.
  • Here 24/7: Local mental health and crisis phone line
    Available 24/7
    1-844-437-3247
  • Visit the Wellness@Work website for a listing of additional community mental health resources.

Upcoming Mental Health Events on Campus

  • T-shirt and ShinePack Giveaways: Come get a free Shine: Mental Well-Being Awareness Week shirt and a free ShinePack care package with free teabags, eye masks, candy, stickers and more!
    Raithby House Porch
    Nov. 11  from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Movies for Mental Health: Dinner, short films and a facilitated discussion about mental health!
    University Centre, Room 442
    Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Let’s Talk Mental Health Panel: A panel of U of G students, staff and faculty share their personal journeys with mental health
    MacNaughton Building, Room 105
    Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Be part of the conversation on social media with #WorldMentalHealthDayUofG.