Mental health means having balance in your life (work/school and personal life). Balancing can be different for everyone.

Mental illness is a real illness of the brain, producing disturbance in thoughts and emotions, making it difficult to cope with the challenges of everyday life. It’s a result of a biochemical disorder or imbalance and is a valid medical condition that deserves the same care and support as any other illness.

Mental illness can happen to anyone, regardless of age, culture, education or income.

Many International students experience culture shock when they first arrive on a new campus. Culture shock can be experienced in a number of ways and is a natural response – this can be a very stressful time. While one student might experience culture shock by being extremely lonely or homesick, another student may experience it through physical systems such as headaches, upset stomach, insomnia or an inability to concentrate. Symptoms can range from feeling sad and low, to a more severe depression. You may be aware of these feelings in the first few weeks or the reaction may be delayed. If the stress is causing disruptions in daily activities, personal life or sleep, help is available.

There are many supports on campus for International students that contribute to mental health wellness. All students are encouraged to access the many resources here on campus as listed in this website.

  • Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre has Personal Counselling Services and is located on the 4th floor of the Schmon Tower.  To book an appointment call x4750 or book online.
  • Student Health Services (SHS) has doctors, nurses, a mental health nurse and psychiatrists to assist you.  SHS is located in Harrison Hall, across from the Walker Complex. To book an appointment call x3243.