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Support for students

November 21, 2016 — 

Despite the relief that the past few weeks of uncertainty have come to an end, students may be feeling increased stress as they face the challenges of coming back to the classroom after the disruption.

“We have heard from many students how disruptive the strike has been. Even though it is now resolved, students face the new reality of adjusting to a modified class and exam schedule. This creates a lot of uncertainty and it may take some time for everybody to feel like they are back to a normal routine,” says Dr. Don Stewart, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Student Support.

Whether it’s a question about practical matters, or a matter of managing ongoing classes amidst final exams, there are resources available.

One such resource is a website designed to help students find supports.

“We are pleased to be pulling together a comprehensive website that should guide students toward the various resources they might need – whether those are related to accessing mental health supports, addressing academic concerns, or exploring financial options. Between this comprehensive site and the University’s FAQ updates, we hope that students will be aware of the supports available to get them back on track as quickly and effectively as possible,” explains Stewart.

The University has resources available to help manage stress, like by staying active with Recreation Services, as well as counsellors and workshops to actively help combat overwhelming anxiety.

Knowing where to turn during times of heightened stress can help students take control of their situation and find balance. The new website with links to mental health, academic and financial supports can be found here.

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