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Online Resources

We encourage you to evaluate the materials and use what you find helpful

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. Counselling Services endeavours to keep these links up to date however if you find a link that is no longer active please let us know by contacting our front desk - (519) 824-4120 Ext. 53244.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please contact someone immediately, or go to the nearest emergency room, or call 911: they are there to listen, and they want to help.

  • Good2Talk - Postsecondary Helpline - 1-866-925-5454. 
  • ConnexOntario – Email, Chat, or Call 1-866-531-2600 for immediate assistance
  • mind Your mind: Steps to take to help you if you are considering taking your life.
  • Considering Suicide? Read This First if you are considering suicide to understand what it really means.
  • Build a Crisis Plan (external PDF File) - This can help you figure out how and where to get help, who to talk to in times of need, and what kind of things work for you to lift your mood.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • BounceBack -- Online videos and/or telephone coaching and workbooks to manage depression and anxiety
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. .
  • 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.
  • 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
  • ConnextOntario: Addiction, mental health and problem gambling treatment services
  • 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. 
  • 5 Languages of Love - Learn what your love language is, how you communicate best with your partner, and how to work together to find a communication style that meets both of your needs
  • Couple and Family Therapy Centre, Guelph University - access couples counselling services with fees on a sliding scale from $5 to $75 at 519-824-4120 x56426.  
  • Student Financial Services provide services and resources to support students in a wide range of financial matters including but not limited to scholarships, bursaries, and assistance programs
  • 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
  • Many  resources are provided through Student Experience for LGBTQ2IA+ students including LGBTQ2IA+ Student Advising.
  • 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.
  • The Trevor Project: Preventing Suicide for LGBTQ Youth - 1 866 488 7386 
  • 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 
  • Trans Lifeline - Toll-free number for Canada: 1-877-330-6366 - a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. 
  • Visit Student Accessibility Services – SAS - to learn about academic supports on campus
  • Your Education – Your Future - See CMHA’s guide to how to manage, plan, fund, advocate, succeed, plan effectively, manage time, stay organized, and more, in your college program with a mental health diagnosis.
  • Consumer Guide to Mental Illness (PDF file) - A guide to understanding mental illness in broader terms, written by individuals who have experienced mental health diagnoses; what this means, alternate perspectives, and empowerment of the individual undergoing the experience.
  • Be Safe - (free, android and iphone) – create a safety plan for yourself that you can access quickly in times of need. 
  • 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 
  • 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 - Neuroscience 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 easy to use, use it on your device at least 30 minutes before you plan to sleep.