How you can help

Supporting the UVic student in your life 

If you’re concerned about a loved one studying at UVic, there are things you can do to help support their mental health.

  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources: It is helpful to have a general understanding of the many supports and services on campus and to encourage use of these services when required.
  • Stay in touch: Keep in contact with your loved one and ask them what they need from you. If you are unsure about what to do, it's okay to ask them what they think could help in that moment. 
  • Be a good listener: Check in regularly with your student and actively listen to what they are saying. Parents and families can often play a key role in helping students to explore options and find their own solutions.  
  • Remind them that they are not alone: You can remind your loved one that others have likely had similar struggles.
  • Be supportive: Be as positive and encouraging as possible while helping your student to make their own decisions.
  • Set reasonable expectations about academics: Students often struggle with academics in university even when they have achieved excellent grades in high school or in previous post-secondary studies. It is helpful to encourage your student to seek out academic assistance and support them by avoiding unrealistic expectations.