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Mental health

University can be stressful and it’s easy to find yourself feeling overwhelmed. If you're lonely, worried about the future or struggling with mental health issues, we can help.

We take a collaborative approach to mental health support; our team includes counsellors, doctors, nurses and spiritual care providers.

Personal counselling

The Student Wellness Centre offers personal counselling to all undergraduate and graduate students. If you have personal problems that are interfering with your quality of life and university experience, personal counselling might be for you.

If you have any academic or personal concerns, don’t wait until they grow into crises. Please contact us as soon as you are aware of a problem to receive the support you need.

We can help you:

  • improve your well-being
  • address mental health concerns (e.g. anxiety, depression)
  • explore your academic and career directions
  • explore questions around gender identity or sexual orientation
  • increase your personal and academic resilience
  • overcome problems that are holding you back
  • develop better relationships

Group counselling

Group counselling can be a great way to address your concerns rather than through individual counselling appointments. We offer a number of group programs on topics ranging from managing stress and anxiety to enhancing personal relationships. Some groups are drop-in/workshop and other groups run for a set period of time with relatively steady group membership.

 

SupportConnect

SupportConnect is a free, confidential mental health support service for UVic students. Get connected with qualified counsellors, consultants and life coaches anytime, anywhere.

SupportConnect is available 24/7 by phone and online. They also offer video and in-person options. You can reach out for any reason, big or small.

Services include short-term counselling, wellness coaching, financial advising, and Computerized Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

By phone

When you call the toll-free number, a qualified counsellor will respond to your request. You can call SupportConnect anytime, from anywhere you are.

Toll-free (calls from North America): 1-844-773-1427
International collect calls: 1-250-999-7621

Online

Login ID: UVic
Password: Student

Career exploration

A lot of students worry about the future and what will happen once they leave university. It can be a stressful transition, but there are many resources to support you right now and after you leave UVic.

Career assessment

We offer counselling for students who are unsure about their academic or career path.

The process of getting to know yourself and making satisfying career decisions can involve a lot of uncertainty and exploration. We are here to explore these questions with you.

Career assessment tools

Career assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory®, can help to give you insight into career decision-making.

Each assessment is completed online. After you complete the assessment, you’ll have an interpretation session with a career counsellor to discuss the results. There is a fee of $25 per assessment. Contact us to make arrangements to complete an assessment and book an interpretation session.

Resources

  • Co-operation Education Program and Career Services (Co-op) helps all UVic students and alumni build a career they love, even after graduation. All UVic students and alumni can access their services.
  • Career Cruising is an interactive Canadian career exploration resource. Learn more about your own interests and what hundreds of different careers entail. You can also explore education options in Canada and even find a job on their job bank. (Username: uvic Password: careers)
  • WorkBC is a leading site for career resources in BC. Its resources include job postings, labour market information and career development tools. They also have descriptions of 500 occupations and their outlooks in every region of BC.

Stress & anxiety

Stress and anxiety can get overwhelming quickly. If you can deal with those feelings before they become a big problem, it can help a lot. Strategies that might work for you include:

  • Learn ways to manage your time effectively. Learning how to schedule your key responsibilities and keep on track with due dates will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
  • Make time to do things that you enjoy.
  • Take a break. This will allow you to be more productive and take on challenges.
  • Be realistic. Remember that not every stressor is as bad as it seems right now. Think about whether the problem will still matter in a week, month or year from now.
  • Breathe. If you feel overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths. This will help you slow your heart rate and calm down.
  • Try different stress relief strategies to find the ones that work best for you.

Resources

Depression

Everyone feels down or sad sometimes, but depression is more than just feeling sad. It can be overwhelming and leave you feeling hopeless. Remember that there are many available resources and people who are here to help.

Resources

Grief & loss

Grief is a natural part of life. It is a normal response to the sorrow, emotion and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. It is a unique journey with a mixture of emotions and reactions. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are some healthy and unhealthy coping strategies.

It can help to talk with friends, family or a professional. Talk to others who have experienced loss as well. Our workshops can be a good way to connect with others experiencing similar things. If you find that you are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless or helpless, consider getting professional help.

Grief is a journey that requires time and energy. Do what you can to take care of yourself. Give yourself time and space. Pace yourself. Be compassionate towards yourself. Remember that grief happens at its own pace and be patient with yourself.

Resources

  • Victoria Hospice offers community bereavement support, including telephone support, counselling, a variety of bereavement support groups, information and education, and referrals where appropriate.

Relationships

Making and maintaining healthy relationships is key to positive mental health. Healthy relationships make you feel good about yourself and about others.

The UVic Student Society has a wide variety of clubs and course unions that you can join. Other ways to form social connections include intramurals, sports teams, advocacy groups or spiritual groups. Club and Course Union Days are held at the beginning of each semester. They are a great way to get to know more about activities on campus.

Resources

Please note that some of these options are not currently available due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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