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Feeling stressed? Student supports are available to help

October 25, 2021 — 

How are you doing? That simple question can feel pretty loaded these days. Between the massive changes we’ve undergone as a society in the last 18 months and the uncertainty of what might come next, feeling increased stress and anxiety is a normal response in this anything but normal time.  

The good news is that there are ways to cope. Whether you are looking to add some tools to your self-care toolkit or need immediate help, we want you to know that there is support for you, right at this moment, regardless of your level of need. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and know there is someone out there who wants to help.

Mental Health Services

If you’re looking for mental health support:

  • UM’s Student Counselling Centre (SCC) offers individual counselling, workshops and groups, depending on your level of need.  The SCC continues to operate, albeit with reduced capacity because some of their staff are participating in the UMFA strike. Individual counselling appointments continue to be offered by staff who are working and intake appointments for new clients are also available. Some groups and workshops also remain available to students. Most SCC services are currently virtual and all are confidential and free for students to access. Call 204-474-8592 to connect. 
  • Student Services at Bannatyne Campus(SSBC) offers free, private, and confidential services if you are a student or resident of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Services include individual counselling and mental health supports and referrals as needed. Call 272-3190 or email BCSS [at] umanitoba [dot] ca to make an appointment.

If the pandemic is getting you down:

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

Crisis Supports

If you’re in distress and feel like you need to talk to someone urgently, please connect with one of these options:

On Campus
  • The SCC offers same-day, brief crisis and emergency services to students in very high distress Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call 204-474-8592 to discuss your situation.
Off Campus

Other Personal and Cultural Supports

Depending on what health or wellness service you’re looking for, UM has support available:

  • University Health Service has a clinic on each campus which offers patient-centred primary care. Book an appointment to see someone by calling 204-474-8411. UHS is also a great place to get a Covid vaccine.
  • UM’s Health and Wellness office, staffed by a registered psychiatric nurse, is where you can receive one-on-one support, as well as be connected with a lot of great information and opportunities.
  • While Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge remains closed to the public due to the pandemic, Indigenous students can receive support from the Indigenous Student Centre by contacting isc [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or 204-474-8850. For cultural support, there are weekly Sharing Circles, including a Two-Spirit (2S) circle. Appointments with the ISC Elders-in-Residence and our Student Counselling partners are also available by phone or video; please call the ISC to make an appointment.
  • The International Centre can provide international students with help and support in all areas. Contact the IC by emailing international [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or calling 204-474-8501.
  • Spiritual Care offers one-on-one supports, assisting students of all beliefs and worldviews. They connect students with resources and faith groups both on and off campus and offer a variety of programming related to spiritual wellness and cultural humility through inter-faith engagement. Contact spiritualcare [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or 204-474-8721 to connect.
  • Student Accessibility Services is available to provide supports for students with disabilities and to encourage academic success. If you require academic accommodations or accessibility supports, contact an accessibility coordinator directly by phone 204-474-7423 or email student_accessibility [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.  
  • The Sexual Violence Resource Centre (SVRC) is open for services by phone. If you are seeking information on sexual violence, or support regarding an experience of sexual violence, call 204-474-6562 or email svrc [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.
  • Recreation Services will help you stay active and keep moving, which is beneficial for mental health. A diverse catalogue of programs and services are being offered in-person at the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. You can also checkout some great tips and online options on their Virtual health and fitness page.

 

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