Do you find your mental health tends to slump during the dark winter months? You’re not alone!  

Research shows that mental well-being can slump in January, so now is a great time to make your mental health a priority and check in on those around you. 

Taking care of your mental well-being can include prioritizing healthy eating habits and a good night’s sleep, connecting with friends and family, or seeking out professional help.

Learn how U of G supports can help you build better mental health. 

Supports from Student Wellness Services 

Student Wellness Services offers resources that support students’ mental health and well-being.  

Not sure where to start? Connect with a Student Wellness Navigator who can answer questions you may have about campus services.  

Call 519-824-4120 x52131 to book an appointment with a navigator Monday through Friday. 

Here are some of the supports available to students:  

Student Support Network (SSN) 

  • Peer-to-peer drop-in counselling is provided by U of G student volunteers who receive extensive training in order to support those who are struggling with confidential, non-judgmental listening, information and referrals. 
  • There are also sessions for Black, Racialized and Students of Colour to connect with peers with shared experiences.
  • See SSN drop-in hours for virtual and in-person sessions.

Free individual counselling 

  • Explore, understand, and work through personal issues one-on-one with a counsellor. 
  • Call 519-824-4120 x 53244 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to book an appointment. 

Counselling drop-in 

  • Drop-in counselling is available in-person, virtually, or over the phone. 
  • Call 519-8244-4120 x53244 or visit the J.T. Powell Building Monday to Friday 1 to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Note: If you have not attended counselling before, first book an appointment with a Student Wellness Navigator.

Counselling drop-in for Black students and students of colour 

  • Drop-in counselling for Black students and Students of Colour is available in-person, virtually, or over the phone.
  • Book an appointment online.

International & English Language Program student mental health support 

  • Free and confidential counselling support by chat, phone, and ongoing virtual appointments are available through keep.meSAFE. 
  • Download the My SSP App from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 
  • Chat with a counsellor through the keep.meSAFE app or call 1-844-451-8700 (or 001-416-380-6578 outside North America) anytime day or night.

Find more student wellness resources.

Resources for staff and faculty 

Wellness@Work is the wellness hub for staff and faculty at U of G and aims to create a healthy workplace across all campuses. 

Upcoming Wellness@Work Events:

Wellness Friday: A journey to wellness one step at a time

Examine what wellness means and learn simple steps to set your own health goals and keep them on track to achieve your personal definition of wellness.

  • Jan. 26, noon to 1 p.m. (Virtual)

Hibernate: A virtual, creative workshop on caring for our mental health in winter

Join a creative workshop to focus on how winter can be a season of healing dormancy and restoration, using art to reflect on the ways we want to care for ourselves this season.

  • Feb. 9, noon to 1 p.m. (Virtual)

Wellness Friday: Calming Your Mind in Challenging Times

This session will explore personal stress triggers and review some practical, easy techniques to make brief relaxation moments a natural part of everyday life.

  • Feb. 16, noon to 1 p.m. (Virtual)

Morning Mindful Moment

Join this short mindful moment to kick start your Monday morning. This mindfulness exercise will be a guided activity focused on guided breathing.

  • Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (Virtual)

More wellness resources and Wellness@Work events 

Here are some resources available for staff and faculty: 

Not Myself Today 

  • Find resources, guidance and support for workplace psychological health and safety through the Not Myself Today online platform. 

Employee and Family Assistance Plan 

  • The Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) is available for staff, faculty and their families when they need professional counselling support. 
  • Call 1-800-662-1142 to access counselling support 24 hours per day, seven days a week through the EFAP provider Homewood Employee Health

Benefit coverage for psychological services 

  • U of G’s extended health plan includes coverage for psychological services.

Occupational Health and Wellness 

Responding to others in distress 

Have you noticed a student or colleague showing signs of distress? 

Visit the Responding to Students in Distress: For Staff & Faculty or the Steps to Supporting a Colleague in Distress guides.