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Get to Know UM’s Student Support services

Explore the Student Counselling Centre and the Sexual Violence Resource Centre

January 30, 2023 — 

Being in university is a time of new beginnings, challenging experiences and life-changing events. Making your mark on the world takes a collaborative effort and there are support systems in place to help you. Here are two of UM’s Student Support units geared towards helping you succeed academically and personally at every step in this journey.

Student Counselling Centre

The Student Counselling Centre (SCC) provides free counselling and mental health support to UM, English Language Centre, and International College of Manitoba (ICM) students. The SCC has resumed in-person services while still continuing to offer services remotely. You may prefer to drop by the office at 474 UMSU University Centre or connect by phone or video. Either way, you are welcome to reach out to the SCC for help.

The SCC offers a variety of services that take a multifaceted approach to all aspects of mental health care. These include:

  • Workshops that help with the development of skills in stress management, relationships and conflict resolution, and mindful meditation. Workshops don’t require personal sharing and can be the quickest way to access support.
  • Counselling Groups for in-depth help on various topics and involving more than one session. Each group will consist of the same people from week to week. A full list of group and workshop offerings can be found here.
  • Single Session Therapy, a new service where you can attend a longer, single therapy session to address a specific event or difficulty such as presentation or exam anxiety or a break-up.
  • Ongoing Individual Counselling services

Students looking to access services offered by the SCC should schedule an intake appointment to determine the best way they can help. Anyone who accesses SCC services can trust that all records are confidential and are independent of any record on and off campus. You can learn more from the SCC website or by calling the reception desk at 204-474-8592.

Sexual Violence Resource Centre

Creating a respectful work and learning environment is at the core of our values at UM. Sexual violence has no place in our campus community; it’s important that all individuals feel safe and supported.

The view when someone arrives at the Sexual Violence Resource Centre. A desk with a computer, a kettle and a variety of teas. A row of pamphlets lines the window sill behind the desk.

The Sexual Violence Resource Centre

The Sexual Violence Resource Centre (SVRC) provides support, information and resources to anyone in the UM community whose lives have been affected by sexual violence. Their doors at 537 UMSU University Centre are open to survivors, or people supporting survivors, who are looking for a safe space to turn to no matter when and where someone experiences any form of sexual violence.

They take a trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach when it comes to supporting each individual. The SVRC recognizes that sexual violence affects each person differently, and no one will be pressured to move forward with any course of action they are not comfortable with. With confidentiality also at the core of their work, individuals can be confident that any information you share with the SVRC will not be shared without permission.

In addition to working with individuals, the SVRC also delivers educational programs on sexual violence prevention and on maintaining a respectful environment for survivors. These workshops include Bringing in the Bystander and Responding to a Disclosure of Sexual Violence, as well as online modules with common information about sexual violence. Visit the SVRC during their drop-in hours, or call the reception desk at 204-474-6562.

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