Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, you will find the following topics:

  • About Us - information about the Wellness Education Centre and what we offer
  • Resources - topics we cover and information that we provide
  • Sex-related Topics - common sex-based questions and what we offer surrounding the topic

Can't find your question? No problem, just send us an email at wellness@uoguelph.ca and we'd be more than happy to answer your question directly.


About Us

What even goes on up there at the Wellness Education Centre?

The Centre is staffed by a number of peers who are busy at work preparing programming events on wellness topics for University of Guelph students. These peers are also there to answer questions and provide information and resources to drop-ins. Come up and check us out. There is a sexual health cart and a wall of pamphlets on a variety of topics to peruse, and we’ll be sure to welcome you if you drop by.

Where do I call to book an appointment with Health Services?

We don't make appointments for Health Services. The extension for Health Services is x52131. However we will transfer you there if you call us.

What does "safer space" mean?

A safer space is a place that strives to eliminate discrimination against people experiencing all forms of oppression, such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism and classism. This is partially achieved by using inclusive language. The Wellness Education Centre is a safer space as we abide by these principles and strive to constantly use inclusive language. Here are some examples of inclusive language that we use.

How do I get involved with Wellness?

There are two options. One is to join the Peer Helper Program and become a Wellness Education Centre Peer. This is a 10 hour a week structured commitment that generally involves 2 hours of meetings per week, and 8 hours of either staffing the Centre or running programming. Applications are received either for the Fall or Winter semester, depending on space availability on the team. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview. Check out our Peer Helper Program page for more details.

The other option is to join our volunteer team. This is a more flexible commitment that is more based around your schedule, but still allows you to help with Wellness events on campus and learn valuable information. Go to our Volunteer Program Page for details.

What sort of events does Wellness run?

We run a variety of fun, involved awareness and support programming throughout the academic year. Some of our favourites include:

  • Sexposé: A day of fun, interactive and collaborative learning about sex and sexual health resources both on and off campus. Students can gain valuable information, play games, and get free stuff including condoms and cotton candy.
  • Let’s Talk Mental Health Panel: University of Guelph students who have faced mental health challenges share their personal experiences in an incredibly moving evening.
  • HIV/AIDS Red Scarf Knitathon: A day of knitting red scarfs to support ARCH, a local HIV/AIDS support centre and clinic, and to reduce stigma towards HIV/AIDS.
  • International Women’s Day 5K:  A walk/run is held in an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence and demonstrate the large number of people in our community committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence. 
  • Flu Shot Clinics: We help you to avoid those nasty flu bugs that go flying around campus each winter.
  • Mirrorless Mondays: A campaign to promote and educate the University of Guelph community about positive body image, self-love, and Health At Every Size.

Visit the Wellness Education Centre's GryphLife page for details on all upcoming events!

What does Wellness mean?

Wellness can mean a lot of things to different people, but for us it is a multi-dimensional approach to living a healthy and balanced life by recognizing and understanding the influences on our well-being. We recognize seven dimensions of wellness including emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellness. We invite you to learn what your sense of personal wellness means to you.

Is your space accessible?

If you come in by Health Services, there is an elevator up to the second floor of JT Powell building and street level access from the east side of the building.

How can I find out about events you run throughout the year?

Lucky for you, we have multiple social media accounts that we update frequently and post event reminders. Check us out.

What’s with that ghost costume you’re always walking around with?

It’s actually a condom, but we get the confusion. The reason we walk around with the condom is we try to promote sex-positivity. Sex-positive is a form of sexual health promotion that focuses on positive attitudes towards sexuality rather than using scare tactics, or focusing on the negative consequences of engaging in unsafe behaviour. It recognizes that sexual health is a basic human right and challenges heteronormative ideals of sexuality. Basically, we think consensual sex is great in whatever form or capacity people choose to engage in, and we like talking about it. Plus, the condom makes us laugh.

Are you a Pokéstop?

Lol yes. #TeamInstinctForever ; )

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Resources

What topics do your resources cover?

Too many to count! Check out our list of info kits for some of the major topics we cover. If there is a specific topic you are interested in, email us at wellness@uoguelph.ca. There’s a chance we have a resource on that topic, or that we can find it for you and add it to our centre.

If I can’t make it to the Centre, can I still access the information and resources you provide?

Yes! Almost all of our information kits are online on our website.

What is GryFIT and where can I sign up for it?

GryFIT is a super awesome program that Wellness Education Centre runs with Athletics. It goes for 8 weeks each semester, 1 hour per week, and each week focuses on a different dimension of wellness. You can register through Athletics or contact wellness@uoguelph.ca for more information.

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Sex-related Topics

Where can I get free condoms on campus?

Free condoms can be accessed at several locations across campus. These include:

  • Wellness Education Centre
  • Central Student Association front office
  • Student Health Services
  • Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity
  • Guelph Queer Equality
  • Your RA

Condoms can be accessed from our sexual health cart Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, but we also have a box outside the centre that can be accessed at all hours the J.T. Powell building is open. This box is sealed enough to prevent the condoms being damaged, but accessible.

Where can I go to talk about a sexual assault?

An extensive list of sexual assault resources is provided by the University of Guelph. There are lots of options for support.

I want to know more about my birth control options. How do I find out?

We have an information kit and pamphlets on a wide variety of birth control options in our centre, and information on the relative effectiveness of these options. Some of these birth control options may or may not be covered by your student plan. To determine options for you, visit Health Services.

Do you provide dental dams?

We do not consistently provide dental dams. However, we do offer instructions on how to make a dental dam from an unlubricated condom, and have unlubricated condoms available.

I am allergic to lubricated condoms. Do you have unlubricated options?

Yes! We have unlubricated condoms available in our Centre. We wrap them in white and keep them stored separate from lubricated condoms to distinguish the two types. Just ask one of the peers staffing the Centre, and they will grab some for you.

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Mental Well-Being

Visit the University of Guelph's Mental Well-Being website for more information on Mental Wellness, including how to help a friend in need, and quick tips on dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, 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.

Mental Well-Being