New personal counselling partnership enhances student service

Brock University wants to ensure its students feel supported, no matter the time of day or month of the year.

Through a new partnership with Morneau Shepell, the world’s leading international counselling organization, students will have access to personal counselling 24-7, 365 days a year.

Morneau Shepell will provide personal counselling services by appointment at Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5. Their services will be offered in addition to Brock’s own counsellors.

Students can also call for personal counselling at any time, on any day throughout the year from anywhere around the globe starting this Saturday, Sept. 1. They will be connected immediately to a professional who can help.

The service will also be available to Brock faculty and staff, who can call the personal counselling number if they are concerned about a student and in need of guidance on how to provide them support.

The enhanced personal counselling service complements Brock’s already comprehensive offerings for students, including health and academic accommodation services, Brock’s own counsellors and health promotion.

“We are excited about the new agreement with Morneau Shepell,” said Sarah Pennisi, Director of the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre. “The service responds to feedback we have received from stakeholders asking for a robust response to mental health concerns.”

The confidential free service aims to support students during what can be a time of tremendous stress as they learn to navigate a new school, live away from home, make new friends and manage their finances, Pennisi said.

“We recognize that situations can arise at any time of the day or week, and we want students to know we’re here for them at any hour.”

Students can book an appointment at any time or access crisis counselling by calling 1-833-BROCK-33 (27625). For students studying abroad, the service can be accessed from outside of North America by calling +1-416-382-3257.

Students at Brock’s Hamilton Campus will also have access to in-person counselling at the Morneau Shepell office located in Hamilton.

To learn more about the many mental health resources available at Brock, visit or

Information on additional support services for students is also available at

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