Mental health

Mental health and psychiatry
UVic Health Services can assist with mental health questions and concerns.

Students often experience stress, sometimes related to academic demands, or new environments, relationships, finances, and other issues. Too much stress can result in physical problems, such as sleep disturbance, upset stomach, headaches, fatigue, and illness. Too much stress can become distress with emotional problems like depression, anxiety, irritability, relationship troubles, weight gain or loss, and poor concentration and lack of interest.

We are here to assist with your mental health questions and concerns, from homesickness to anxiety, depression and mood problems, eating disorders, substance use issues or other concerns.

UVic Health practitioners have additional training in mental health and clinical care for students and young adults. We offer mental health assessment, consultation/coaching, treatment planning (psychological and pharmacological therapies), and care coordination for students needing extra support.

  • Access: Phone 250-721-8492 to make a scheduled appointment with a physician. Or, if in serious distress, phone and ask to speak with a nurse urgently, or come to the clinic for an urgent nurse appointment. See Student Mental Health Immediate assistance for additional resources.


Counselling offers free professional, confidential, inclusive support to currently registered UVic students.

Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life (OSL) helps to support the university’s Student Mental Health Strategy. The strategy is an intended framework for the development and implementation of action plans to support positive student mental health and well-being in order to enhance all students’ potential for success.

Online student mental health resouces

Please see the UVic Student Mental Health and Counselling Services  website for information, support, and resources on student mental health issues.

Other mental health resources that we find useful include: