Health and Wellness


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Mental Health can be defined as “the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face.”  (Public Health Agency of Canada)

We have a campus population of over 35,000 students, and the prevalence of mental health issues is likely higher than we know. Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is essential to academic success.  The most important things you can do to maintain good mental health are to pay attention to sleep, exercise and nutrition. Supportive and caring relationships can be a great help, and so it is important to make it a priority to make and nurture these relationships.

If you suffer from depression or have have mental health concerns,  you are not alone.  Western offers free counselling services and several on campus mental health resources for students (including information for international students).


Counselling on Campus

Student Development Centre (SDC)

WSS Rm 4100
  • Individual counselling
  • Crisis counselling
  • Groups on issues including stress and anxiety

Student Health Services (SHS)

Phone: 519-661-3030
UCC Rm 11 (lower level)
  • Multidisciplinary counselling services
  • Psychiatry and physician counselling for students who are currently on medication
  • Medication consultations

Residence Counsellor

  • Counselling service for students currently living on campus in residence

King's Counselling

Counselling and Student Development (C&SD)
519-433-3491 ext. 4321
Wemple Building 157
  • Counselling services for students registered at King's University College

Other Campus Resources

Sexual Violence

Western Sexual Violence Website
Quick Reference Guide
  • All members of the Western community have the right to study, learn, work and research in an environment free of sexual violence. To learn more visit the Western Sexual Violence website.

Mental Health and Wellness Resource Guide

  • A new publication in 2016 providing information about mental health resources for undergraduate and graduate students at Western and the affiliated colleges

Grief Support Group

During your time at Western you may be dealing with feelings of loss connected to the death of a family member or friend.  This support group will provide a safe space in which to share your experiences with others who are experiencing similar challenges.  We will discuss ways in which to support you as you go through these challenges. For further information about the group please contact the group facilitator: at 519-661- 2111, x84789 or email

Active Minds

Western Active Minds on Facebook
  • A student run mental health, awareness, education and advocacy organization
  • Goal is to create an open environment for discussion of mental health issues

Eating Disorders Support Group

  • Anonymous and confidential support group which meets weekly for students struggling with eating disorders in the Student Support Services Center, UCC 38.
  • 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, or 519-434-7721.

International and Exchange Student Centre

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext 85908 (for appointments call 519-661-3031)
  • Provides support to international students (through individual assistance, orientation programs, information sessions, and socio-cultural events) on topics including cultural and academic transitions, wellness, coping in a new culture, healthy eating in Canada, financial issues, government regulations, etc.

Peer Support Centre

  • A safe space for undergraduate students to seek support and resources, build community, meet other students, and get talking about issues
  • Open 10am-6pm Monday to Friday and can be found in Room 38, UCC Building

Peer Phoneline

  • Students can access information and referrals to support services and resources over the phone.
  • Phone line hours are 6 pm-midnight Monday to Friday

Safe Campus Community

Information on promoting and maintaining a safe and respectful working and learning environment