Getting help

The most important thing to do is to talk to somebody. It’s never too early to reach out for help. There are a wide variety of services on campus and they’re here for a reason – to help students get through any difficult time they may experience. We’re here to support you.

Stigma

Stigma is often experienced by those who have mental health challenges, issues, disorders and illnesses. It’s one of the biggest reasons, which may prevent someone from getting help. Negative attitudes like prejudice and discrimination continue to exist. People may not recognize what they say represents stigma. Sometimes you may not recognize the impact of stigma until you are faced with your own mental health issues. People across the country are working hard to reduce the existing barriers surrounding mental health.

At Brock, we are working together to create a community where stigma is reduced by constantly adapting and accommodating our resources to fit the needs of our ever changing student population and by openly talking about mental health issues, the importance of positive well-being and challenging the barriers confronting mental health.

It’s important to note some students experiencing multiple stressors, i.e. LGBTQ and Aboriginal Students, have additional resources available both on and off campus to help them cope and get through stressful times. For more information, please visit:

The first step in feeling better is to educate yourself and explore your options in a supportive non–judgmental environment where you will feel empowered to make positive change(s). It’s not as hard as you might think. Some options students might want to explore are:

The main hub at Brock University with the purpose of promoting accessibility, fostering resilience, and supporting health and well-being by creating inclusive, supportive and collaborative environments.

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The personal counsellors (male and female) are available to meet with you about any concerns you may be having and offer crisis services daily. The manager of Personal Counselling is available to both parents and students. Make appointments by phone (x4750) or online.

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Student Health Services (SHS) is available to all Brock students for on-campus medical and/or mental health needs. At SHS students have access to physicians, nurses, a mental health nurse and psychiatrists. The mental health nurse is a good first step in helping you make sense of how you are feeling. She does assessments, connects the student to the physician, works in conjunction with the psychiatrists, makes referrals to other professionals and can bridge the gap between any services you are currently using or have used in the past.

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The case managers in Student Accessibility Services (SAS) offer accommodation to students with disabilities (including mental health) as well as help students with transitioning.

Most students care about others

It’s okay to talk to others about what you are experiencing. At Brock, one of our doors is always open. The right time to get help is when you are having thoughts about getting help.

At times you may feel like you need somebody to talk to – a friend or perhaps a Don. Residence Dons are an important part of our community at Brock and can be a great resource if you live in residence.

If you are not living in residence, there are other people on campus you can talk to. There are a number of peers working in the University who are able to listen and then connect you with the appropriate service or group(s) on campus.

The student peer health educators(PHEs) are at the Health and Wellness HUB, which is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is located across from BUSU and Starbucks (The Daily Grind). The HUB is there for students who are looking for information on health and wellness and is a safe space to talk about your concerns.  It’s important to take advantage of on-campus resources if you need them. They’re there to help you. Using these resources will help you to feel more connected to the Brock community.