Parents and families


Post-secondary education is a time when many students experience significant developmental change, explore their values, formulate their identity, and challenge themselves. Competition, family pressures, isolation, financial stressors, and employment uncertainty can add to an already stressful experience and contribute to symptoms of mental illness. This is especially true for students in the 18-25 age range, when early symptoms of mental illness often first appear and are initially diagnosed.

While your loved one is attending UVic, you can be an important source of support for your family member. You can play a significant role in their university experience by providing support, mentorship, guidance, or by simply actively listening. You can also familiarize yourself with the services and resources available on and off campus, should your loved one need assistance or referral.

How You
Can Help

Supporting the UVic student in your life

Finding Support & Resources

How UVic can help


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