Mental Health Resources

Disclaimer about Links: The online services listed below are not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation with a trained counsellor, nor do these services provide online counselling. The listing of these sites and resources does not imply Counselling Services or its staff endorses all of the information that is included. We encourage you to evaluate the materials and use what you find helpful. Counselling Services endeavours to keep these links up to date however if you find a link that is no longer active please let us know by contacting our front desk - (519) 824-4120 Ext. 53244

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Crisis Support, After-hours, Suicide Safety Plans

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Motivational Videos and Helpful TEDtalks

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General Mental Health Resources

  • Complete a screener from Feeling Better Now, Canada’s only medically based and approved website designed to assist family physicians and patients in the early diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of mental health disorders using Medical Best Practices. Print out your results and bring them to counselling and/or a doctor’s appointment.
  • Click here for more information on Mental Wellness from UofG, including how to help a friend in need, and quick tips on dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, lonliness, relationship issues, and sleep issues. Also find other healthy living resources on campus and ways to get connected and involved in your campus community for overall mental health and wellbeing. Helpguide.org for supports, information, mental health, healthy living, and relationships 
  • Student Benefit Plan - Students can access additional counselling resources through their student benefit plan, up to 80% coverage to a maximum of $500 for psychologist or social worker support per year. On-campus counselling is free for students.
  • CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin Branch (Local Guelph branch)  for information on general mental health and information on mental illnesses. 
  • Understanding Mental Illness – From CMHA, a guide for information on various mental illnesses, symptoms, treatments, and more. 
  • Visit CAMH (Centre for Addictions and Mental Health) for information on various mental health diagnoses and to find support groups and resources for mood and anxiety, schizophrenia, addictions, and support for family and friends of those living with mental health diagnoses. 
  • Visit Workman Arts to learn about ways to get involved in training, showcasing, and funding opportunities in the arts for anyone with a mental health diagnosis. 
  • Teen Mental Health.org is a resource for understanding many aspects of mental health, stigma, the brain, and various diagnoses and treatment options. 
  • Early Psychosis Intervention has information about early-onset psychosis, signs, symptoms, and how to get help for yourself or a friend.
  • Psych Central has quizzes, research, blogs, and interesting articles on mental health and mental illness.

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Depression

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Anxiety

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Stress Management

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Grief and Loss

  • GriefWalk - located in Guelph, providing free groups, one-on-one mentoring, grief counselling and referrals, information, and other support. 
  • Bereaved Families of Ontario - Provides opportunities for the bereaved to share their experiences; and to receive support, understanding, and compassion from others who are also bereaved. The organization offers peer support groups and other supportive programming and workshops. 
  • Mind Your Mind – Grief and Loss information 
  • The Coping Centre – located in Cambridge, this is a resource centre that you can visit to freely engage in the process of grieving and mourning, as well as connect with others that may be experiencing grief and loss 
  • Dr. Alan Wolfelt – books and resources to help with grief and mourning that focus on working through and supporting grief and mourning, instead of “treating” the emotions as if they were a disorder.

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Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictions

  • Check Your Drinking: For more information on alcohol use, including average calories consumed and money spent per year. 
  • Leave the Pack Behind: For Information on how to quit smoking, which is on campus at Guelph. 
  • Addictions and Mental Health Ontario - for a helpline for alcohol and drug addictions, as well as gambling addictions.
  • Know The Score - For more information about almost any drug and its effects, visit a great site based out of Scotland, although the legal information won’t be applicable.
  • Drug and Alcohol Helpline – offers a free and confidential drug and alcohol helpline, email, or online chat to get help or ask questions.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous- For a list of AA meeting groups in Ontario, including their Guelph group 
  • Webtribes - Connect with others who experience addictions in an online community. 
  • Marijuana Information: Forbes article from WHO research

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Online Gambling, Gaming, and Internet Addictions

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Sexual Abuse or Assault Support and Shelters

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Body-Image, Self-Esteem, and Eating Disorders

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Self Injury and Self Harm

  • Self Injury Outreach and Support is a website created jointly between UofG and McGill University to provide information, resources, and personal stories of support for those who self injure or self-harm. 

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Relationships

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Financial Concerns

  • The CSA Food Bank is free to use for students at University of Guelph at The Federal Annex Building, 620 Gordon Street, with access to hygienic products and food items, cooking classes, and compassionate funding. 519-824-6270

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International and Cultural Supports and Contacts

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LGBTQ+ Resources

  • OUTline – a list of on-campus resources for support, equality, and connection 
  • It Gets Better – A campaign of videos from celebrities as well as every day youth and adults sharing their story on how life gets better, and not to give up hope during difficult times arise in dealing with your sexual orientation. See here for a video from It Gets Better Canada. http://ok2bme.ca/videos/802
  • The Trevor Project: Preventing Suicide for LGBTQ Youth - 1 866 488 7386 
  • FCKH8 Campaign - supporting LGBTQ rights in a provocative campaign (note: language warning). 
  • You Can Play – a campaign aimed at equal rights for all athletes to be able to play sports – “If you can play, you can play.” 
  • To My Grade 7 Self –  a video from the perspective of bullies looking back on their actions towards LGBTQ youth and sharing their insight towards change from Get REAL 
  • Born This Way Foundation – Supporting and empowering youth and a portal to share stories of bravery for all diversity and individuality 
  • Qlinks.ca – for everything LGBTQ in Guelph and surrounding area 
  • Trans Lifeline - Toll-free number for Canada: 1-877-330-6366 - a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. 
  • Think Before You Speak - raising awareness around language, live twitter counts of word use, supporting Gay-Straight Alliance groups and raising awareness of language at schools. 

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You’ve Just Gotten a Mental Health Diagnosis…Now What?

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Mental Health Apps

  • Always There - (free, android and iphone) - App from KidsHelpPhone to get support on the go, safely and anonymously. 
  • Be Safe - (free, android and iphone) – create a safety plan for yourself that you can access quickly in times of need. 
  • Mindshift - (free, android and iphone) - help cope with anxiety by learning how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and indentify steps to help take charge of your anxiety. 
  • Pacifica - (free, android and iphone) - tool to help track mood, goals, health, CBT exercises, thought patterns, and relaxation exercises.
  • Headspace – (free, android and iphone) - for mindfulness meditation 
  • HealthyMinds - (free, android and iphone) – track and support your mental health, learn individualized strategies and patterns of your moods and solutions, stress busters and relaxation 
  • Hello Cruel World - (free, iPhone only) – 100 alternatives to suicide or self-harm behaviors 
  • 7 Cups of Tea - (free, android and iphone) - connect through chat to a trained listener to discuss any problems you may be having, to vent, or to get some advice or resources, or just to talk. Free, anonymous, and confidential. Also can be used in your browser. 
  • Buddhify - (nominal one time fee, android and iphone) - 80 guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. 
  • Rise up + Recover - (free, android and iphone) App to help with eating disorders - food, dieting, exercise, and body image.
  • Recovery Record - (free, android and iphone) App to help with eating disorders, added by recommendation of other students.
  • NbN - Neuoscience Based Nomenclature - (free, android and iphone)- Want to know more about your medication, or another mental health medication? Try this app.
  • Sleep Cycle - ($0.99, android and iphone) - App that monitor's your sleep cycle and wakes you at the lightest point of sleep so you can wake up feeling less drowsy
  • Walk Me Up - (free, android and iphone) Alarm that wakes you up by requiring you to walk a certain amount of steps to help you make it to early morning classes or get you out of bed on difficult days
  • Blue Light Dimming app - search for this on your device's app store, they are free and eay to use, use it on your device at least 30 minutes before you plan to sleep. 

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