As a student, your mental health is an important factor to consider when it comes to dealing with the stresses and responsibilities you face on a daily basis.

There are a number of resources that graduate students can access at Carleton.

Health and Counselling Services remains open virtually and continues to provide counselling opportunities to domestic students through telephone or video options. International students who have moved to Canada and are paying health fees are also eligible for counselling services. Please call 613-520-6674 to book an appointment. You will be triaged by telephone to determine the safest way to provide care. A permanent, full-time Grad Counsellor Magda Georgescu, has been hired. She is available 10 months per year for graduate students.

Health and Counselling Services is offering a virtual café to graduate students every Monday morning from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. EST with the sole purpose of connecting while self-isolating. For registration, email magdageorgescu@cunet.carleton.ca.

Carleton offers virtual support services to all students through TAO Online Self-Help and Therapy.

International students residing in their home country can visit this website for a list of resources. ISSO has organized a series of workshops for international students. Studying remotely from outside of Canada as an international student can bring unforeseen stress and strain. Carleton is pleased to offer International SOS’s Emotional Support service to help you support your mental emotional and physical well-being. Emotional Support offers 24/7 access to counselling services in more than 60 languages. Counselling methods are tailored to your needs including phone, video-call or face-to-face. Click here for details.

Please note that physicians can only see patients in Ontario due to licensing  requirements.

Carleton’s Graduate Student’s Association offers monthly Healing Spaces for survivors of sexual assault. These survivor-centric group sessions are facilitated by a registered psychotherapist and are free to all participants. These events typically occur at the end of the month and exact dates will be announced through social media platforms. For additional information on the events or any questions in general, please feel free to contact the Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinators at consentculture@gsacarleton.ca.

Other Resources

CUSASC CHAT

The CU Sexual Assault Support Centre offers an online chat service for sexual violence support called CUSASC CHAT. This service is staffed by peer supporters and offers confidential, free support via text or web chat. To reach out and receive support, survivors of sexual violence can chat virtually or text 613-209-1142. For more info & for this semester’s hours of operation, please visit the CU SASC CHAT webpage.

Wellness Together Canada

This is a partnership with the federal government for people living in Canada and Canadians living abroad. After a short online assessment, individuals have access to:

  • self-guided tools
  • group coaching and community support
  • 1:1 counselling
  • immediate crisis support which can be accessed by texting WELLNESS to 741741

AbilitiCBT 

This is an Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) program that is accessible from any device, any time. It is confidential, short-term, and virtual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with intermittent access to a psychotherapist, and for people aged 16 and over. This is also a partnership with the federal government for people living in Canada and Canadians living abroad.

  • After you sign up, the first step is an assessment of your needs. You complete an online questionnaire and connect with a professional therapist by phone or video
  • You then move through 10 structured modules, at your own pace, while your therapist monitors your progress. Each module contains activities, videos, and assignments to help you learn, develop and practice new skills
  • There are scheduled check-ins along the way. You connect with your therapist by phone, video, or messaging. This is a free service.

HCS is also working on starting a non-thematic group for students to provide the opportunity to connect and share their experiences.

The Graduate Students’ Association is running a healing spaces program, one event per month. Students can register here.

Domestic students, If you need assistance for an urgent situation, please contact:

  • Department of University Safety: (613) 520-4444 (or, dial 4444 from any university land-line)
  • Good 2 Talk: 1-866-925-5454
  • Ottawa Distress Centre: 613-238-3311

Finally,  Carleton’s Mental Health and Well-being Research and Training Hub (MeWeRTH) brings together faculty members, external researchers, students, practitioners, community organizations, and people with an interest in mental health. Click here for more information.

If you have ideas about how to cope better during the pandemic, please send them to fgpa_newsletter@carleton.ca and we can share with other grad students.