Staying healthy in mind and body

Posted on December 13, 2019

It may be the most wonderful time of the year but the accumulated stresses and challenges of daily life – with school, work, finances, physical health, family, friends, relationships – can conspire against anyone's mental and emotional health. We're taught and trained to persist no matter what, that doing so is a demonstration of strength and skill. It's the way to get difficult things accomplished after all. But as we explore and expand the limits of our abilities, our private coping mechanisms for navigating difficulty can become overwhelmed. There are resources available from the faculty, the university, and the community when it's time to seek help listed below . . .

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Hotline/online support:

Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well- being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. 1-866-925-5454.

Big White Wall
Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programs, creative outlets and a community that cares. When you're dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, we'll help you get through it.

7 cups
7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support.

TAO Self-Help is an online library of engaging, interactive programs that promote wellness and can help Queen’s students bounce back from challenging times.

Kids Help Line Our texting service is completely free and available 24/7/365. You don’t need a data plan, Internet connection or an app to use it. All conversations you have with a volunteer Crisis Responder are confidential. Text CONNECT to 686868

LGBT Youth Line At YouthLine, all our volunteers are trained peer supporters ages 16-29 with a diversity of 2SLGBTQ+ identities and lived experiences. We’re not counsellors, we’re peers who can relate, and we have been trained in active listening and relevant knowledge such as anti- oppression, anti-racism, sex and consent, STIs, HIV, self-care, and more. 4:00PM - 9:30PM Sunday-Friday. Call Us Toll-Free: 1.800.268.9688 Text Us: 647.694.4275 Youth Line: Ways we support

Trans Lifeline's Peer Support Hotline ans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. Line is open 24/7, guaranteed to have operators available 10AM – 4AM 877-330-6366

Peer support:

Peer Support Centre
The Peer Support Centre (PSC) is comprised of a dedicated group of trained student volunteers, here to offer social and personal peer-based support to students at Queen’s University. The centre provides a safe and confidential environment where you are encouraged to speak with one of our empathetic volunteers. We are here to offer support for any and all issues and can connect you with resources you may not have been aware of. No concern is too diverse or too small. We are located in room 34 of the JDUC (facing the Publishing and Copy Centre, turn right and walk to the very end of the hallway). Tel: (613) 533-6000 x 75111 Email: Hours: 10:00am - 10:00 pm - 7 days a week.

Counselling Services:

FEAS Counsellors
We provide short-term counselling geared to resolving personal difficulties, dealing with crises and distressing situations. Our counsellors use a model of brief therapy that is focused on addressing the immediate issue. 3rd floor, Beamish-Munro Hall Appointments become available within a 48 hour window to provide access to urgent, short-notice services. For example: 9:30am on Saturday = 9:30am on Monday becomes available; 10:30am on Saturday = 10:30am on Monday becomes available; So check back 48 hours before you would like to come in, and keeping checking as new appts become available throughout the day.

Empower Me allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. As a student at Queen's University, you're entitled to sessions delivered in person, by telephone, by video- counselling, or by e- counselling. EmpowerMe is available 24/7, 365 days per year and is confidential, multilingual, culturally sensitive, gender inclusive, and faith inclusive. Call the 24/7 helpline at 1-844-741-6389 from anywhere in North America to be directly connected to a trained counsellor.

Queen’s Wellness Groups
Groups that are running in Winter 2020: +Sleep Better Now +Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and Anxiety +Managing Relationships Better +Managing Powerful Emotions +Learn to Deal with Stress and Anxiety +Develop "Atomic Habits" for Success +PEGaSUS Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence +Managing Chronic Pain at University. More information and registration on the Student Wellness Services site.

Crisis Services:

Crisis Counselling
Crisis appointments are important to attend if you are fearing for your safety. Crisis counselling offers stabilization and safety planning. 613-533-2506 or walk-in at Mitchell Hall, Cote-Sharp Wellness Centre, 1st floor (Mon-Thu 9-6 and Fri 9-4)

Kingston Addictions and Mental Health Services – Crisis Line
Our crisis lines are staffed 24/7, 365 days a year by experienced professionals who can provide immediate support, advocacy and referrals to appropriate services as needed. Mobile services are available to support individuals in an escalating crisis due to mental health or addiction problems. Walk-ins are welcome weekdays at 552 Princess Street in Kingston. 1-866-616-6005 or 613-544-4229 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston (SACK)
Our 24 hour, 7 days-per-week Crisis and Support Line provides confidential and non-judgmental support for survivors and their loved ones. We offer information, support and coping strategies for survivors of all gender identities. 613-544-6424 or 1-877-544-6424.

Student Academic Success Services
Offers academic support to students who wish to develop their skills in critical thinking, reading, learning, studying, writing and self-management Lots of resources and online booking available.

Academic Advisors
Wondering about making changes to your course load/semester/program? Wondering what classes to take, how adding or dropping a course would effect the rest of your program? Specific question regarding your exact discipline and everything related to it. First year: Chemical Eng/Eng Chem: Civil Eng: Electrical and Computer Eng: Eng Phys: Geo Eng: Apple Math: Mech Eng: Mining Eng:

Career Services
Support for your career planning (e.g. decisions about course and program fit, finding a summer job, choosing extracurricular activities, or applying for grad school). Go to Career Services.

Looking for a more specific type of support?

Queens University International Centre - QUIC
We assist in building community among students and with our colleagues at Queen’s. We also engage in research, professional development and training activities with the broader community of international educators across Canada and around the world. Our lounge provides a comfortable setting for relaxation, reading, conversation, and meeting people from other countries. Mitchell Hall 208, 2nd floor 69 Union Street Kingston Ontario K7L 3N6 Canada Phone: +1-613-533-2604.

Faith and Spiritual Life
Faith and Spiritual Life strives to facilitate a welcoming, peaceful and safe space. Chaplains are available to discuss spiritual, religious, personal, and financial problems, concerns or crises. 613-533-2186 Mitchell Hall, suite 210.

Health Promotion
Health Promotion offers one-on-one appointments to any students who want to make a change in their health behaviours. We see students who want to improve their sleep, eating, and physical activity habits, would like to develop a self-care plan or who want to quit or cut down on substance use (i.e., alcohol, tobacco, and/or cannabis). We also offer 15 minute biofeedback mindfulness training appointments where students can get neuro-feedback in real time so they can improve their attention, sense of calmness and well-being. Mitchell Hall, 69 Union Street (room 120) Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30pm Call the Health Promotion Office at 613-533-6000 ext.75320 or walk-in to book an appt.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
Come and hang out or study in our lounge with free wifi and cable TV, grab a snack or a meal in our fully equipped kitchen, and do your laundry for free! We offer academic tutoring and advising, cultural programming, Indigenous focused library, and a range of workshops designed to support you, academically, socially and culturally. 144-146 Barrie St, Kingston, ON K7L 3J9 (613) 533-6970.