As it’s the time of year when everyone is stressing out about papers, theses and exams, you might be wondering about on-campus resources you can access.

Health and Counselling has counselling staff, including an international student counsellor and three counsellors located in residence, who can help you with personal and emotional difficulties. All of their services and resources are outlined on their website.  Emergency services are available by clicking here.

For international students, in addition to regular appointments at Health and Counselling Services with the International Student Counsellor, students can make same day appointments on Mondays by calling Health and Counselling Services in the morning at 613-520-6674. Same day drop-in sessions are also available for international students living in residence, Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in 131 Renfrew House Individual appointments are also available with the International Student Services Office Immigration Co-ordinator to discuss specific issues of concern to international students. The ISSO offers a range of peer-to-peer support options including access to Graduate Student Mentors that can help you navigate different aspects of student life in Canada. Stop by the ISSO (128 UC) to get connected with our services or call 613-520-6600.

Every year, About 75 graduate students approach the Carleton Ombuds Office to seek help on issues ranging from grading to funding, fee disputes to consumer issues. More information is available on the Ombuds website.

The From Intention to Action (FITA) program helps graduate and undergraduate students who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed develop better strategies for coping with life as a student. They will start to intake new students in late August (since they are not open over the summer.)

A FITA Coordinator will meet with you 1-on-1 every week for 12 weeks, working with you to develop skills in areas such as time management, stress management and coping or life balance. FITA students also get access to a free battery of assessments and a feedback session with a Registered Psychologist, focusing on academic strengths and challenges, career interests, study skills and adjustment to university life. Check out the FITA web page to learn more. For more information, email fitaction@carleton.ca.

There are also ongoing strategies you might want to incorporate. Here are some useful tips from the Coping with Stress brochure from Student Affairs.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Part of a balanced lifestyle includes taking care of your physical health and well-being. Proper nutrition and adequate sleep are essential to learning. The benefits of exercise for stress management are well documented so try to incorporate some exercise into your daily schedule. The Department of Recreation and Athletics offers a wide range of programs and facilities for students.

Find a balance: Proper balance is the key to success. If any one area of your life becomes too demanding, then the other areas can suffer as you try to compensate. This should not stop you from taking on new challenges and learning opportunities, but be aware of your limits and don’t take on more than you can manage. Also, set aside leisure time to help restore your energy.

Support network: A strong support network can help you cope. Your peers, professors, teaching assistants, academic advisors, counselors and other support staff on campus are all in a position to help you deal with crisis situations. Often it is someone in your support network who notices the level of stress you are experiencing, so stay connected!

Finally, although our Grad Navigate wellness workshops are finished for this term, you might consider participating in future wellness workshops.

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