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How to Seek Mental Health Support/Resources as a Student, By: Courtney Crites

Apr 01, 2024 07:46 PM

Being a student can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also come with its fair share of challenges and stress (with 20 years of experience as a student, I can confirm this is true). Taking care of your mental health is crucial, and fortunately, Canadian colleges and universities offer various resources and support systems to help students cope with mental health concerns and challenges. In this blog, we will explore how you can seek mental health support as a student, along with highlighting specific resources provided by Canadian educational institutions.

See also: Student Self-Care Advice From Psychotherapist Victoria Emanuel

See also: Self-Care Isn't Selfish

1. Recognize the Need for Support

The first step towards seeking mental health support is recognizing that you may need it. I want to remind you that it's okay to ask for help. It takes a lot of strength to reach out and prioritize your well-being. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, or experiencing a mental health condition, there are resources available to assist you.

2. Explore Your Campus Resources

Each college and university in Canada offers unique student resources to support mental health and well-being. Visit your institution's website and navigate to the student wellness or support services page. You will likely find information on counseling services, workshops, support groups, and other mental health resources tailored to students. Here are some examples:

Please note that these are just some examples, and it's recommended to explore your specific institution's resources. If you don’t see your school listed here, I would encourage you to do your own search. 

3. Reach Out to Counseling Services

Most colleges and universities have counseling services available to students. These services typically offer one-on-one counseling sessions, group therapy, and workshops to address various mental health concerns. Reach out to your institution's counseling center to schedule an appointment or inquire about the available services.

4. Take Advantage of Peer Support Groups

Many educational institutions have established peer support groups where students can connect with others facing similar challenges. These groups often focus on specific topics such as anxiety, stress management, or depression. Participating in peer support groups can provide a sense of belonging and understanding. Inquire about these groups at your school's student wellness center.

5. Utilize Online Resources

In addition to on-campus resources, several online platforms offer mental health support and resources specifically designed for students. The following websites can be valuable sources of information and tools:

Please note, seeking professional help from licensed therapists and counselors is essential if you are experiencing severe or persistent mental health challenges.

Final Thoughts

Prioritizing your mental health as a student is crucial for your overall well-being and academic success. Remember to utilize the resources and support systems available to you. Keep in mind that while this blog provides a general guide, each college or university has its own unique resources, so be sure to explore your school's website for specific details.