Wellness Resources

There are many services, programs, and resources available in Guelph and the surrounding area.  Find one that is right for you from the list below!

Mental Health

The University of Guelph's Employee and Family Assistance Program Access to counselling is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week through the University's EFAP provider, Homewood Employee Health toll-free at 1-800-663-1142. Assistance to access EFAP can also be arranged through Occupational Health & Wellness at ext 52133.
Self-Assessment Tools  Links to credible organizations that provide questionnaires, information and tools to assist in self-assessment of mental health or addiction concerns. 
More Feet on the Ground This online resource is intended to be a one-stop shop for any campus professional looking to understand more about mental health and refer a student to relevant programs or departments. It was developed to help faculty, administration and campus staff learn how to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus.
Check-up from the Neck Up Use this site for a simple, online, private mental health check-up and for many resources to help you, your family members, or  your friends.
Here 247 Call 1-844-HERE247 (1-844-437-3247) anytime to access addictions, mental health, and crisis services.
Lynda.com Videos and Training Courses Follow the U of G instructions to log into Lynda.com for a variety of free videos and courses on different topics, including Thriving @ Work, Happiness in the Workplace, Health and Wellbeing and more. 
Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington                        Access individual, family, couple, and credit and debt counselling. Walk-in counselling services are available Wednesdays from 1pm - 7pm.  Fees apply.
KW Counselling Services Individual, couple, family, and group counselling options are available.  A walk-in clinic is open on Thursdays from 12 pm - 6pm.  Fees may apply, but no one is turned away based on an inability to pay for services.
Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin The Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW) provides a full care system for those with addictions, mental health or developmental needs. They serve everyone from children to adults to seniors, all under one roof.
Working Through It Watch videos of people sharing their own experience of dealing with mental health issues including speaking to their manager about a mental health concern. 
Ontario Mental Health Helpline This helpline provides information about mental health services in Ontario.
University of Guelph Counselling Services' Mental Health Resources While counselling services serves students at U of G, their website lists many mental health online resources, videos and apps that staff and faculty may find helpful as well. 
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Access fact sheets, pamphlets, and program resources on anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, and more.
TorchLight Distress Line                                                           Call 519-821-3760/1-888-821-3760 any time if you are experiencing distress about your circumstances.
Mental Health Works                                                                Find resources for employees on mental health in the workplace, including how to talk about it, accomodations, and human rights resources.
Healthy Minds @ Work  Resources available through the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. 
Guarding Minds at Work This tool is designed to support organizations protect psychological safety and promote psychological health in the workplace. Learn how psychological health and safety is defined and resources to enhance the 13 psychosocial factors.
Health Canada Information about mental health, protective and risk factors and strategies for promoting positive mental health. 
Think Mental Health  A resource developed by Ontario’s health and safety system partners, to provide informative and actionable mental health resources, with the goal of helping you create a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.
Assembling the Pieces Toolkit This toolkit is designed to support organizations working to implement the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course.
Mental Health Apps  Mental health apps for your Windows, IOS, and Android devices.
Take your Break Activities  Take Your Break activities are focused on helping to improve the mental health of employees, including those who may experience depression, anxiety-related disorders or excessive stress at work. 

Grief and Loss

The University of Guelph's Employee and Family Assistance Program Access to counselling is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week through the University's EFAP provider, Homewood Employee Health toll-free at 1-800-663-1142. Assistance to access EFAP can also be arranged through Occupational Health & Wellness at ext 52133.
Hospice Wellington Hospice Wellington coordinates all grief support groups in Guelph.  Call 519-836-2154 for a referral.
Hospice Waterloo Region Call 519-743-4114 for more information on free professional counselling and supports for adults, children, and teens.
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region Participate in free peer grief support to individuals and families grieging the death of a loved one.  The Midwest Chapter serves KW and Wellington County, but support groups are available in other locations.
Parents Without Partners Join a support group for single parents.  Canadian chapters exist in Guelph and Burlington.

Physical Activity

University of Guelph Athletics Fitness and Recreation   Learn about fitness opportunities on campus, including staff only programming.
Walk for Wellness Tour Guide 

 Download the Walk for Wellness Tour Guide and explore the beautiful landscape, the interesting features and historical buildings on campus. 

Step by Step: A Workplace Walking Resource                         A toolkit designed to assist organizations to implement walking initiatives.
City of Guelph Programs and Activities Guide Learn about an array of local programs designed to help people of all ages get active, learn new skills, and meet new people.  Not from Guelph?  Go to your City or Municipality website to find activities closer to home.
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines  How much should you move to achieve health benefits?  Find out through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology's Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.

Nutrition

Eat Right Ontario                                                       Browse this website for answers to your nutrition questions and recipes or call 1-877-510-5102 or email a registered dietician .
Dieticians of Canada Access recipes and browse through nutritional research, healthy eating tips, and an online food log to track your eating patterns.
University of Guelph Health and Performance Centre Use you benefits for a consultation with a registered dietician.

The University of Guelph's Employee Assistance Program

Receive nutritional coaching by phone from a registered dietician.
Canada's Food Guide                                               Find out what you should be eating and how much.

Ergonomics and Back Health

University of Guelph Occupational Health and Wellness Ergonomics Program Learn about U of G's ergonomics awareness program and view helpful videos to help improve your ergonomic positioning at work.
Back Health Exercises for a health back from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

Safety

Campus Community Police                                                  For emergencies on campus, call ext 52000 or dial 519-840-5000.  For non-emergencies, call ext 52245
Safe Gryphon App Download a free campus safety app for your smartphone.  Access a real time security feed, emergency contact, support resources, and more.
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis A community organization that provides free services to women and their children on woman abuse and sexual violence.  Reach their 24-hour crisis line at 519-836-5710 or 1-800 265-SAFE.

Smoking Cessation

Cessation Resources View a list of compiled resources, supports and services available on the Smoke-Free U of G website.

Drugs, Alcohol, and Gambling

Drug and Alcohol Helpline                 Access 24/7 confidential and free information about drug and alcohol addition services in Ontario
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) Find information about this international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.  Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) Group support for recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program.
SMART Recovery Self-Management and Recovery Training                                                                              A science-based addiction recovery support group, where participants learn self-empowering techniques to aid recovery through mutual-help face-to-face and online meetings and services.  Local meetings are held Thursday 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the Guelph Community Health Centre, 176 Wyndham St. N.
Al-Anon Family Groups A community resource providing fellowship and support to spouses, adult children, partners, relatives, co-workers and friends of alcoholics who meeting anonymously to share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve common problems. Call their Family Groups Meeting Information Line at 1-888-425-2666 or receive 24-hour help by calling 519-836-1522.
Homewood Health's Community Addiction Services  CADS provides assessment, outpatient treatment, and referral to community resources for people coping with problem gambling behaviours.  In addition, the CADS clinical team has specialized training to deliver treatment for video-gaming/internet problematic behaviours.  Call 519-836-5733 ext 2396 for more information.
Homewood Health Family Services

Addiction affects every family member. Homewood's family program delivers education, support, and discussion with people who are going through the same issues. Individual counselling is also available for family members. For access to this service, call 519.836.5733, ext 2396.

Parenting

KIDSLINE  Dial 1-800 265-7293 ext 3616 to talk to a nurse about questions related to pregnancy, infant and child health, parenting, and community supports.
Caring for Kids Information for parents from Canada's paediatricians.
Healthy Habits Happy Homes Podcast The podcast, Healthy Habits, Happy Homes provides evidence-based advice, tips, tools, and interviews with experts to help your family develop healthy home routines

Volunteer

The People and Information Network A site that helps people find community services and volunteer opportunities in Guelph and Wellington County.

Travel Health

Health Canada Travel Health and Safety Page Find information on travel health risks and how to prevent them.