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Mental Health supports for students – reach out for help now

February 9, 2021 — 

Let’s be honest: things aren’t easy right now. Between the pandemic, the cold, school and life stresses, and beyond, it’s a tough time for everyone’s mental health and wellness.

Whether you are looking to add some tools to your coping toolkit or are in need of immediate help, we want you to know that there is support for you, right at this moment, regardless of your level of need. You may find your fit in one of the below categories, and we encourage you reach out for help.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out, and know there is someone out there who wants to help. 


I am in crisis. I need to speak to someone right this minute. I am afraid of what might happen next.

Please reach out to one of these options, right now:

Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (24/7): 1-877-435-7170

Klinic Crisis Line (24/7): (204) 786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019

Klinic Community Health is a free resource in Winnipeg that can help you with in-the-minute crisis support, and longer-term solutions.

Canada Suicide Hotline (24/7): 1-833-456-4566

Hope For Wellness (24/7) – Services available in Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut, French and English: 1-855-242-3310


I am having a hard time. I am experiencing distress on a daily basis. I am extremely unhappy.

Again, if you feel you are in crisis, please reach out to Klinic or the other resources above.

For help with others concerns, please reach out to the UM’s Student Counselling Centre (SCC) by calling 204-474-8592.

The SCC offers individual counselling, workshops and groups, depending on your level of need. All SCC services are confidential and free for students to access.

If you are looking for sexual violence support or resources, please reach out to the UM Sexual Violence Resource Centre.

If you are a student or resident of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, please contact Student Services at Bannatyne Campus (SSBC) at (204) 272-3190 or BCSS [at] umanitoba [dot] ca. SSBC offers free, private, and confidential services to support personal and academic success. Services include individual counselling and mental health supports as well as connections and referrals for additional supports and resources on campus.


I’m just not doing great. I’m not in crisis. I’m unhappy and wish I knew how to turn things around.

You can always reach out to the SCC, or any of UM’s other counselling options. SCC’s stress and distress management workshop series will introduce you to a variety of research-supported strategies for managing stress.

UM has a Spiritual Care Coordinator and team of Chaplains, which is great if you are feeling disconnected from your community, or just want to talk. Reach out to UM’s Health and Wellness office, staffed by a registered nurse, where you can receive one-on-one support, as well as be connected with a lot of great information and opportunities. Indigenous students can receive personal and cultural support from the Indigenous Student Centre. The International Centre can provide international students with help and support in all areas. 

Learn more about emotional wellness and COVID-19 – you are not alone, but there is help out there for you. You may also want to consider Manitoba’s Mental Health Virtual Therapy for help coping with the impact of COVID-19.


I’m doing okay. I want to maintain mental wellness and give myself tools to move forward positively.

Feeling connected to your university is a great way to improve your student experience. Just about every club and student organization is still operating!  Find out how to get involved.

Stay active with UM’s Recreation Services virtual content. Join an Indigenous Student Centre virtual sharing circle Mondays at 11:30am. Join the Virtual Community Centre every Thursday at 6pm.  


These are just a small sample of the resources available to you, at UM and in the community. You can also be connected with addictions support, the Rainbow Resource Centre, Women’s Health Clinic, Men’s Resource Centre, and many more resources, through the SCC.


Your mental health is the most important thing, to your classmates, your professors, and your family. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

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