As end of term is almost here (Dec. 9) and TAs may have a lot of marking to do, you may find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Here are some suggestions to help you cope.

Health & Counselling Services
Health and Counselling Services (HCS) offers medical and counselling services Monday to Friday. For medical issues, please call to make an appointment with a physician or, for urgent care, a walk-in service is available until maximum capacity is reached each day. Students can self-refer for a counselling appointment. The counselling staff, including an international student counsellor and three counsellors located in residence, can help you with personal and emotional difficulties. Students can access counselling either by phoning or stopping in to make an appointment or by presenting to the Same-Day Counselling service which is available Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. throughout the afternoon until maximum capacity is reached in the main clinic (2600 Carleton Technology and Training Centre Building). A reminder about the new pilot project re. counselling available for graduate students and the new graduate student mental health peer support program . HCS, will be closed from Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. until the university re-opens on Jan. 2, 2019, HCS lists several services off campus that you can contact for assistance: carleton.ca/health/emergencies-and-crisis. The list includes resources for urgent medical problems, urgent mental health problems, dental emergencies, sexual assault and domestic violence.

TAO Self-Help
TAO Self-Help provides self-directed modules and practice tools to help you learn positive skills for personal growth – or to assist you in bouncing back from life’s disappointments and frustrations. For full information, please click here.

Mental Health and Well-Being Website
This website will provide you with valuable tools and resources to understand, manage and improve your mental health and well-being while at university.  Click here to visit the website.

From Intention to Action (FITA) Program
The FITA program supports all Carleton students to better manage stress and improve their academic performance, by navigating the personal stressors that can often get in the way of school.  FIT: Action students meet 1-on-1 with a coordinator for 1 hour every week for 12 consecutive weeks. The coordinators are staff members or Master’s-level interns trained in counselling. For more information, click here.

MacOdrum Library
The Library is once again inviting you to unwind at their re-energizing stations. This year, the Library will have a few different activities aimed at providing social interaction, mental health, and creative benefits. It will offer the popular colouring book and games station, the Library Art Show, and retro video gaming nights. Also be sure to check out the holiday book tree on the main floor of the Library. These stations will be set up during the exam period, from Dec. 10-22. Please note extended Library hours throughout December.

Recreational Activities
One of the ways to reduce stress is to participate in some extracurricular activities. A holiday schedule of all Carleton’s recreation and fitness activities is posted on the athletics website http://athletics.carleton.ca/hours/ (scroll down on that page).

Off Campus
To get your mind off your studies, why not check out the City of Ottawa’s event calendar.

Suggestions
If you have suggestions for other grad students about things to do over the holidays or ways to reduce stress, feel free to comment in the box below this article.

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