Mental health is important in the wellbeing and development of human beings, especially young adults. It is important to take good care of your mental health while in university so you can keep your mind strong and focused on your studies. Your mental health should be your number one priority. Luckily, there are plenty of resources on campus. These resources are free for students at York University to use.
York University Psychology Clinic
The York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC) is a state-of-the-art community mental health and training center associated with the Psychology department in the health faculty. The clinic provides a range of leading-edge, effective mental health services. During COVID-19, they offer therapy through zoom or by telephone and psychological/psychoeducational assessments. YUPC also runs programs in meditation, goal management, and managing social anxiety. If you are interested in learning more, email YUPC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good2Talk is a toll-free mental health helpline that is confidential, anonymous, and available for all post-secondary students. It is also bilingual for students who speak English and/or French. Good2Talk offers professional counseling, information, and referrals for mental health, addictions, and wellbeing to post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia. The staff is friendly and understanding, so call them at 1-866-925-5454 if you need to talk to someone. There’s no shame in getting the help you need.
Health Education and Promotion
Health Education and Promotion is a team of York students and staff that collaboratively work with on and off-campus stakeholders to create a community that supports students’ health and wellbeing. They provide outreach, workshops, and one-on-one peer support for students regarding mental health, sexual health, alcohol, drugs, and nutrition — all from a harm reduction approach. Workshops and training they provided in the past include Student Mental Health 101 and safetalk, which prepares students to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first-aid resources. For more information on Health Education and Promotion, click here.
BounceBack is a free self-help program. It’s effective for helping any person who is 15 years or older experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable, or angry. Participants receive telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks, and online videos to help them overcome these symptoms and gain new skills to better care for their mental wellness. Also, Bounceback offers a life-skills program where participants develop coping techniques so they can overcome challenges. Typically, participants take 3 to 6 months to complete the program.
There are plenty of free resources available! So students can maintain positive mental health on and off campus. It’s important to do your research and find out what works best for you. Whether it’s an anonymous call or signing up for a workshop, these resources are here to help. Prioritize your mental wellness so that your academic life will be smooth sailing.
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