University represents a time of change and it is very common for students to experience mental and emotional distress. Remember that you’re not alone, and there are countless academic and mental health resources at your fingertips!

If you are currently experiencing crisis and need help, call (519) 434-2023, 1-866-933-2023, or visit reachout247.ca and click “CHAT NOW” to speak with a supportive, caring professional that can help you.

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1 – Western Student Development Centre

Location: WSSB Room 4100 (Psychological Service)/4112 (Crisis Reception)

Phone: (519) 661-3031

Website: http://www.sdc.uwo.ca/

Crisis Counselling for students who have experienced something traumatic and/or feel they are not in control of their mental state. You can receive immediate crisis counselling by going to WSSB room 4112 or calling the number above.

Walk-In Counselling Sessions for students who would like to be seen the same day, but are not experiencing crisis. Scheduled sessions can also be arranged.  _____________________________________________________________________________________

2 – Academic Counselling Resources

Academic Counselling is a centre where a wide breadth of student needs can be addressed, such as degree requirements, program changes, adding and/or dropping courses, as well as personal/mental health issues.

Location: NCB Second Floor

Phone: (519) 661-3040

Website: http://uwo.ca/sci/counselling/

Booked Appointments are for non-time sensitive issues, done through scibmsac@uwo.ca. Examples of topics covered in a booked appointment are second degrees, exchange, concurrent degrees, Academic Probation and Dean’s Waiver check-ins.

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Drop-in Counselling is the fastest way to see an academic advisor.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm  

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Walk-in Counselling/SciSnapchat: Little to no wait times, no sign-up – just walk in and ask your questions! Avoid bringing academic considerations and personal matters to walk-in counselling, as this can be better resolved with a drop-in or booked appointment.

Hours: Friday Morning 10:00 – noon at WSC 150 or Taylor Library

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Science Department Counselling – There are counsellors for each department and module that can answer questions about each, such as advice on degree progression and course selection, special permissions, potential course substitutions, and problems with course registration. Departmental counsellors can give you specific info related to courses, substitutions, and special permissions. Note that Medical Sciences Students should direct “counselling” issues towards Science Academic Counselling.

 

Link to department counsellors’ contacts:

http://uwo.ca/sci/counselling/adivising_services/department_counsellors.html

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3 – Student Health Services

Location: UCC Room 11    Phone: (519) 661-3030

On top of serving as the campus medical clinic, Student Health Services also offers free counselling to students. The counselling team at Student Health Services includes social workers, physician psychotherapists, and several on-staff psychiatrists who are able to prescribe psychotropic drugs to help with treatment plans.

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Crisis Support Clinics: Through collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association-Middlesex, King’s University College and Western, confidential walk-in clinics are held three evenings per week in UCC 11 during certain times of the year. CMHA crisis counsellors will help students with coping strategies, and make referrals to ongoing supports on and off-campus where appropriate.

Link: http://www.uwo.ca/health/services/students/crisis_support.html

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4 – Residence Counsellor

Location: Room 3C10, Ontario Hall            Email: needtotalk@uwo.ca

Free counselling is available to all students living in residence to coordinate long-term care plans for each student.

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5 – Crisis Lines

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The University of Western Ontario endorses several Crisis Lines in the London Area for use outside of Student Development Centre and Student Health Service Office Hours.

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Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Centre

Location: 648 Huron St, London, ON        Phone: (519) 434-2023

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Good2Talk

Open 24/7/365                  Phone: 1 (866) 925-5454

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Sexual Assault Centre London

24/7 crisis line            Phone: (519) 438-2023

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Websites to be familiar with:

OWL: Owl.uwo.ca

– A worksite for all your courses, any required HR training, and other independent projects.

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Student Center: student.uwo.ca

– For your schedule, documents, financial details and other personal information.

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Academic Calendar: http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/

– For information about your degree, module, courses, and other academic policies.

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Office of the Ombudsperson: http://www.uwo.ca/ombuds/

– For scheduling appointments with The Ombudsperson to address both academic and non-academic concerns.

In honour of WorldMental Health Day on October 10th, we have decided to re-air this article from the 2018/19 Frosh Issue. We encourage you all to start dialogues surrounding mental health and well-being.

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If you suspect someone is struggling, reach out to them and encourage them to seek help.

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