As university students, we all know that we pay lots in fees for our schooling. We also know that university can be a trying time on our mental health.
Did you know you are paying for services you may not even be using? Here’s a list of various mental health services and supports available to you on campus.
UNBSJ provides free and confidential counselling services to all students. Counsellors will listen to your concerns, help you with what they can, and if they’re not able to help you with an issue, will point you in the right direction.
Their office hours are 9 –12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can book an appointment by emailing email@example.com or by using their online form located here. Their offices are in Oland Hall, rooms G18 and G19.
Student Health Centre
The Student Health Centre has a nurse practitioner and physician on staff to assist in addressing your physical and mental health needs. You can stop by between 9 –12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. at their office behind the Athletic Centre to book an appointment, call 648-5656, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Accessibility Centre
The Student Accessibility Centre provides accommodations for students with documented disabilities, temporary or permanent, visible or invisible.
They assist with training and support for assistive technologies, accommodations for your courses, applying for Canada Student Grants, provide studying skills and time-management advice, and refer you to other campus supports if needed.
To see if you qualify for these services, email Ken Craft, the student accessibility coordinator, at email@example.com or call 648-5690. If you want to drop by, they are in Oland Hall, G16.
Located in Oland Hall room G08, the Campus Ministry is there as spiritual guidance, a place to make connections with other on-campus groups, and a place where you can talk to someone without any judgement.
You can drop by any time; office hours vary throughout the year but are posted regularly on their office door. For more information, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page UNBSJ Campus Ministry.
There is also a Muslim prayer room located in Annex B by the Health Centre that is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Wellness Coordinator’s job is to be the first point of contact for students to help them navigate the school’s various support services. This can be anything you need assistance with, including, but not limited to, academic advising/coaching, financial questions, help for international students, and connections to health services.
If they cannot help you with whatever issue you may have, they can always point you in the direction of someone who can.
You can book an appointment by emailing email@example.com, calling 648-5501, or dropping by their office in Oland Hall, room G11. They are open from 8:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Jack.org UNBSJ chapter
Jack.org is a national charity that works to train and empower youth to revolutionize mental health. UNBSJ has a chapter on campus aimed at bringing mental wellness to our community and breaking down barriers.
This group has many events planned for the upcoming school year that anyone can attend. You can follow them on Facebook at “Jack.org UNBSJ” to keep up-to-date or to find out how to get involved; new members are welcome!
Started by UNBSJ student Kourtney Creamer, Kreating Conversations is an online media platform where people can share their stories and/or experiences with mental health.
The group can be found on Facebook, where they also post positive messages and thinking techniques to help develop your mental wellness.
They are planning some public events this year as well where people can share their stories and listen to the stories of others to help spread awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. Be sure to check them out!