Balance and Well-being as a Student
Being a university student involves balance. With so many new opportunities on the horizon your student may feel like it’s hard to find this balance. Some students struggle incorporating the “life” side of the work-life balance or prioritizing their academics with their busy social calendars. Setbacks and failure are a normal part of university. Being able to bounce back in the face of adversity is a big part of University. This is where student supporters can make a huge impact. When your student faces adversity help guide them to the tools they can access for help, this will foster independence in the student that they can then use the next time a problem arises. Encourage your student to seek the help they need from on-campus and off-campus resources – both proactively and reactively.
There are many resources available to help students take care of their health and wellbeing. Like with all on campus resources, encourage your student to initiate contacting the resource, and join the conversation if your student asks for your support. Resources speak directly to students about private and confidential information.
Student Wellness Services
Student Wellness on Campus provides health and well-being support and services to students and to the campus community. Student Wellness, located in the J.T. Powell building, includes:
- Student Health Services: You can book an appointment for any health inquiry, including a sexually transmitted infection, anxiety, immunizations, concerns about your diet, etc. Health Services also offer a daily walk-in clinic during the Fall and Winter semesters.
- The Wellness Education Centre: The educational arm of Wellness Services. The Wellness Education Centre is a student-driven safe space where all students can seek information and support about health/well-being. Peer-to-peer education is the driving force behind all WEC’s initiatives, including drop-in peer consultations, interactive programming, and resource distribution.
- The Health and Performance Centre: Provides expertise in sports medicine, rehabilitation and health promotion. Services include sports medicine, physiotherapy, massage therapy, Chiropractics, Pedorthic, bike fitting, nutrition and fitness.
- Counselling Services: Offers individual and group counselling to support students working through the personal challenges that affect their ability to succeed at school and in other areas of their life. You can call to book an appointment or stop by during their drop-in hours in J. T. Powell.
- Student Accessibility Services: Helps students who experience disabilities with full and equitable participation in academic life. SAS strive towards creating a barrier-free environment where all students can achieve their potential.
Other Campus Resources
- Student Support Network is a drop-in peer support space located in J.T. Powell and in the McLaughlin Library (Room 111). A team of student volunteers, extensively trained in active listening and communication skills, is ready to provide a supportive ear to any member of the campus community.
- The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) is a supportive place on campus for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. You are welcome to connect with the Aboriginal Student Advisor, Natasha.
- The Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor, Jarred, serves as a resource and support person for all LGBTQ2IA+ students at U of G, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or in-person on the 3rd floor of the University Centre. A confidential support and resource service, OUTline, also supports individuals with questions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in an online chat and other in-person support programs.
- The Cultural Diversity Advisor, Amilah, can provide personal and wellness support, as well as guidance regarding academic or financial concerns, housing or personal matters, and can be reached at email@example.com or in-person on the 3rd floor of the University Centre.
- If you live in residence, you can speak with a Residence Life Staff member, such as your Resident Assistant, who lives in your residence community.
Online and Phone Resources
- The University of Guelph's Mental Well-Being website offers after-hour services to help students work toward mental wellness.
- Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline for post-secondary students in Ontario. Students can receive information and referrals about services and supports for mental health, addictions, and well-being on and off campus or speak anonymously with a professional counsellor.
- FeelingBetterNow allows students to complete a free mental-health pre-screener to help them identify mental health issues early and take immediate action, allowing them to stay healthy and productive.
Find more resources on the U of G Wellness page.
Guelph's Smoke-Free Campus
U of G’s Guelph campus is tobacco- and smoke-free as of May 31, 2019. We’re helping build a healthy campus for everyone in our community. The smoke-free U of G initiative is supported by the smoke-free campus advisory committee. To learn more visit: https://www.uoguelph.ca/smokefree/.