Virtual Mental Health Support & Resources at U of G, January 2022

Jan 7th, 2022

Virtual Mental Health Support & Resources at the University of Guelph for January 2022

Student Wellness is your resource for all things mental and physical health here on campus. We're here for you, every step of the way and want to ensure you have the tools to help you navigate another lockdown this January. 

This is a quick reference list to all the virtual well-being resources available to you as a student.

Not sure how to navigate our many resources? Connect with a Student Wellness Navigator. Call 519-824-4120 x52131 to book an appointment.


SSN PEER COUNSELLING: The "Student Support Network" (SSN) is a drop-in peer counselling service for students looking for confidential, nonjudgmental support. Book a session at
SSN virtual hours (Mon-Fri 12-10 pm), including BIPOC hours

PEER EDUCATION: The Wellness Education & Promotion Centre (WEPC) offers peer education and programming. Check out the podcast "Shine Cast" (focused on mental well-being) available on Spotify, Apple Music & more. For more info contact 

PEER-SUPPORTED HEALTHY HABITS: "USHINE" is a peer mentorship program for students looking to set and work towards health & wellness goals with individualized support. Visit or email 

GRAD STUDENT SUPPORT CIRCLES: GSSC offers a supportive peer group environment where grad students can talk about their unique experiences, hear others’ perspectives, and discuss life in general. A support circle for graduate students who are also parents is available. Email to join. 


COUNSELLING GROUPS: Counselling Services offers group sessions on topics including anxiety, healthy relationships, social confidence, & a mindfulness drop-in. 519-824-4102 ext. 52131

MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY TRAINING: Are you looking to learn more about supporting others with their mental health concerns? We have several programs available. For details, email 

SELF-REGULATION: Stress and anxiety workshops including a stress management drop-in and test preparation. View dates on Gryphlife at

"SHINE" is a 7-session skill-based workshop for students interested in boosting their overall well-being through learning about topics including self-compassion, gratitude and stress management. Sessions will be added through January and February at "Thriving in Action" is a workshop series focused on skills for university life. Upcoming sessions can be viewed on


HEALTH SERVICES: The campus Health Services clinic is open and offers primary health care, including physicians, nurses, addictions counsellors and dietitians. 519-824-4102 ext. 52131 

COUNSELLING SERVICES: Virtual appointments with navigators and counsellors, incl. BIPOC counselling are available to help support students through personal challenges. ext. 53244 

SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT: The Sexual Violence Support & Education Coordinator provides sexual violence support, education and training for students. 519-824-4102 ext. 53020 or email

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES: Student Accessibility Services (SAS) assists students with disabilities to access academic accommodations. ext. 56208 or email

INJURY & PHYSICAL HEALTH SUPPORTS: The Health & Performance Centre (HPC) remains open during this time. HPC offers services including sports medicine, physiotherapy, massage & concussion treatment. 519-767-5011 (press 1 for reception) or visit to learn more about insurance coverage for UofG Students through the CSA & GSA. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RESOURCES: Access free 24/7 counselling through the keep.meSAFE program by calling 1-844-451-9700 or downloading the app.

BIPOC STUDENT RESOURCES: Access free BIPOC counselling services on or the Student Support Network (SSN) 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Student Experience provides a number of advisors for International, BIPOC, Indigenous, and LGBTQ2IA+ students. Connect with an advisor at


Inkblot Therapy: External online video counselling (covered by Student Insurance Plan)

Good2Talk: Free and confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario. Receive professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being over the phone. 1-866-925-5454 or text "GOOD2TALKON" to 686868

HERE 24/7: Addiction, mental health and crisis services provided by 11 partner agencies across Waterloo–Wellington. They will help you navigate the system and connect you to local addictions and mental health services. 1-844-437-3247

Crisis Text Line powered by Kid's Help Phone: With Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone, you can chat with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder for support at any time. Text "UofG" to 686868


Register on Gryphlife at

DIAL DOWN ACADEMIC STRESS & ANXIETY: FREE one-hour workshop. Learn about the most common anxiety escalators and practical, proven tips and strategies that you can use to decrease stress and anxiety this semester.
Wednesday, Jan 19/22 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm

COMPASSION DURING COVID: A free 5-week program consisting of 1.5 hr workshops where students learn coping skills for the pandemic and in their transition back to campus. Learn grounding practices, mindfulness, self-compassion, vulnerability, reducing anxiety, and coping. Thursdays 11:30am - 1:00pm from Jan 20 - Feb 17/22

RELAXATION & STRESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS: Learn to calm anxiety, relax tight muscles, settle a busy brain, have more energy, and thrive under pressure. 
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm starting Jan 25/22

COPING WITH INCREASED HOURS ONLINE: Free online workshop will include strategies for decreasing Zoom fatigue (increasing energy and engagement) and protecting your eyes from strain. 
Thursday, Jan 27/22 from 7 - 8 pm

Stay tuned to Gryphlife for more free programming for students.


Crisis Text Line (Canada): Text UofG to 686868
Good2Talk (Ontario): 1-866-925-5454
Here24/7 (Guelph): 1-844-437-3247
keep.meSAFE (international students): 1-844-451-9700
(001-416-380-6578 outside of North America)

Student Wellness' mission is to provide resources and services to help facilitate the development of the whole person by utilizing innovative strategies to promote the student’s optimal well-being and to achieve success in their academic careers.

We're located in the J.T. Powell Building, at 168 Reynolds Walk (beside the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre and across from East Residence) 519-824-4120

Health Services, Accessibility Services, Counselling Services, Sexual Violence Support: 519-824-4120 ext. 52131
Wellness Education & Promotion Centre (WEPC): 519-824-4120 ext. 53327