Health and Wellness

Mental Health Issues

Stress

Stress is our body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional response. Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes us feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or anxious and is most often caused by an existing stress-causing factor or "stressor."

As a Western student, staff, or faculty member you will always have stress in your life, therefore, learning to manage and cope with stress is important.  Recognizing the signs at an early stage is key because multiple, unexpected, excessive or continuous stress can contribute to mental health problems.
You can read more about mental health and stress on the Canadian Mental Health Association website.

Campus resources for stress

Learning Skills Centre - Assists with issues related to academic stress such as time management and procrastination.

Writing Skills Centre - Individual counselling, workshop, online assistance and more to provide writing support for the Western community.

Anxiety

Anxiety causes distress for a significant number of Western community members. Academic and workplace pressures, public speaking, highly demanding schedules or writing an exam can lead to a sense of worry, even fear. These sensations, however uncomfortable, are different from the ones associated with an anxiety disorders. You can read more about anxiety and anxiety disorders on the Canadian Mental Health Association website.

Campus resources for anxiety

Psychoeducational Lecture Series - Free presentation, one-and-a-half to two hours in length on topics that are interesting and helpful.

Skills Groups at the Student Development Centre - Groups include: Managing Anxiety and Stress Group, Public Speaking Anxiety Group, Social Anxiety Group and more.

Counselling at Western - visit our resources page for a list of counselling options at Western.

Depression

All of us experience problems and unhappiness at times. Experiences of failure and loss can result in temporary feelings of worthlessness, disappointment, sadness and self-blame; these feelings are normal, and they usually pass after a short time. Depression becomes an illness when these feelings last for several weeks, are severe, and interfere with someone's work and social life. You can read more about mental health and stress on the Canadian Mental Health Association website.

Suicide

Whether you know someone who feels suicidal, or you are feeling suicidal, it is important that you know the warning signs and know how to get immediate help and supports.

You can read more about mental health and suicide on the Canadian Mental Health Association website.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious conditions and eating behaviors that negatively impact an individual's health, your mental wellbeing and their ability to live and function in their daily lives. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorders.

You can read more about eating disorders on the Canadian Mental Health Association website.

Campus and London resources for eating disorders

Eating Disorder Support Group (Hope’s Garden) - An anonymous and confidential support group which meets weekly for students struggling with eating disorders. For additional information regarding Hope’s Garden support groups and what is available for students throughout the summer months, please contact Hope’s Garden directly, at info@hopesgarden.org or call 519-434-7721.

Counselling Services at Western

LHSC Adult Eating Disorders Service

Trauma

Trauma refers to a single event or series of events that is overwhelming psychologically. Some examples of traumatic events include; sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, bullying, death of a loved one, or experiencing or witnessing life threatening events.  The effects of trauma on an individual can persist over many years and its effects may be delayed by lengthy periods of time.  You can read more about trauma on the Canadian Mental Health Association website.