Mental Health and Wellness
Do you ever feel stressed or have anxiety from your graduate program? Do you find yourself needing to talk to someone about what you are going through? Student well-being is integral to academic success.
Here at the Faculty of social science we have a range of student services related to well-being including assistance with basic needs, counselling, health, and personal safety.
Here are some common concerns that individuals are looking for help with:
Anxiety, communication, depression, grief/loss, low self-esteem, life transitions, school adjustment, relationship issues, difficulties within families, self-concept, stress, trauma, personal and career decisions, and parenting difficulties.
We can help by:
Providing a safe space for you to talk privately about your worries and concerns; listening and asking questions that help you see your problem in new ways; teaching you effective ways to cope and coaching you in ways to improve your work, school, and home life.
We partner with many offices across campus to coordinate services that students need to be academically successful and experience optimal well-being.
Counselling and Wellness Services at The Faculty of Social Sciences
The following services and resources are available to all Social Sciences students at the University of Ottawa:
Our counselors deliver both individual and group counselling.
1- for undergraduate students:
- Undergraduate students have access to The uOttawa Counselling Services. The counselling services is one of the primary options for students who want in-person support on campus. To meet a professional counsellor, visit their website to see the options available. To know more about the Health Plan, please visit the Studentcare website.
2- for masters or a PhD students:
- Meet our Registered Psychotherapist, Kiran Servansing who holds a master’s in counselling with numerous years of experience in the field of mental health and education. Mrs. Servansing is committed to providing timely, culturally appropriate, and effective mental health services to our diverse student body, as well as professional consultation to faculty through creative and innovative initiatives. When help is needed in sorting out a personal concern, mental health advisors are a resource for learning new skills in building self-confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options. Mrs. Servansing is here to help students to navigate mental health during university in aspiration of breaking the stigma that prevents individuals getting the help they need.
- Masters or a PhD students can now email couns@uOttawa.ca to book an appointment with the dedicated counsellor (Kiran Servansing) working directly with the Faculty of Social Sciences (short term).
- Graduate students also have access to a maximum of 10 counselling sessions with their own Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). They can schedule an appointment with a counsellor and get access to tools and resources.
Counselling and Wellness Resources on Campus
The following services and resources are available to all students at the University of Ottawa:
- SASS counselling services
- University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS) Mental Health Unit
- Mental health and wellness
- Health Promotion
- Campus Activities
- Dog self-care
- Students: Staying well during COVID-19
- Enjoying wellness (virtually) through COVID-19
- In-house counselors for students in residence: To access uOttawa Counselling Services, you can book a single session appointment online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- COVID-19: The University of Ottawa has developed tips and resources for staying well during COVID. Here, you can also find helpful webinars and videos.
- Online Tools: Counselling Services provides you with informational resources and online tools (books, videos, applications, worksheets, etc.) to help you develop good mental health literacy and support you in your academic and personal journey. You may find the resources here.