If you are ever in need of support and do not know where to turn, visit your college or university website to learn more about the services and contact information of the services below. They will be invaluable as you progress through your academic career.

Academic Skills Centre
Most academic skills centres provide sessions to undergraduate and graduate students in the skills necessary for success in university. They help students achieve their full academic potential through individual and small-group instruction in:
  • Writing and study skills.
  • Grammar and composition.
  • Critical reading and thinking.
  • Research and citation.
  • Time management.
  • Listening and note-taking.
  • Oral presentations.
  • Exam preparations.
  • Mathematics.
  • Study groups.
Career Centre
College or university career centres can help match your educational plan to your career plan by helping you acquire real career experience through internships, campus jobs and other experiences. They can also help plan your strategy when you begin your search for a job or apply to graduate school.

Counselling Services

Colleges and universities across Canada provide individual counselling services to students by qualified professional counsellors. Clinical staff are credentialed professionals whose practice is governed by their respective professional colleges and/or associations. Counsellors are very familiar with the wide range of personal issues that can interfere with a student's academic performance and emotional well-being. Often, a few sessions are sufficient to find a solution, or at least view the issue from a more manageable perspective.

Services typically include:
  • Confidential counselling sessions with students experiencing emotional or situational challenges. 

  • Crisis counselling and referrals to applicable community agencies.
- Group sessions and workshops on various mental health themes.
Counselling can help resolve issues, such as:

  • Adjustment to university life and/or Canadian culture.
  • Depression.
  • Peer or family difficulties.
  • Roommate or housemate disputes.
  • Abuse: verbal, physical, psychological, sexual.
  • Addictions.
  • Anger.
  • Assertiveness and self-confidence.
  • Loss and grief.
  • Motivation.
  • Relationships.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Sexuality and sexual orientation.
  • Sleep difficulties.
  • Stress and anxiety.
  • Weight preoccupation.

Health Services
Many colleges and universities across Canada have access to health care services on campus. A full range of professional health care services and referrals for students can include treatments for:
  • Minor illnesses and injuries.
  • Immunizations.
  • Allergy shots.
  • Wellness and nutritional counselling.
Many colleges and universities offer a student health benefits plan through the student association that is either included as part of your student fees or at an additional cost. If you have to pay for medication, it is worth checking this option out. In some cases, up to 80% of the cost of prescription drugs is covered.
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