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Good emotional health

one apple with a happy face, another with a sad face but a post-it note with a smile showing Your overall mental wellness starts with feeling good emotionally so you are able to cope with whatever life might throw at you.

Similar to staying fit physically, maintaining mental health takes some daily effort. Your well being is worth it.

Stress is a common emotion for students and can come from academic stress, exam anxiety and the personal stress of balancing your school and social lives.

Stress is normal, but not if it’s overwhelming you. If you’re noticing that you’re feeling this way it is important to reach out for help sooner rather than later. Your first stop is your campus wellness advisor.

They can help in many areas including, but not limited to:

  • Exam anxiety 
  • Personal or academic stress 
  • Locating a mental health specialist, counsellor self-help group
  • Crisis intervention 
  • Addictions 
  • Other helpful resources and information
Want more information on mental health? Stop in at student services to visit your campus wellness advisor. Check the drop downs for on-line and other resources.

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Canadian Mental Health Association is a comprehensive source of information on mental health.

There are detailed explanations of mental illness, along with quick facts including 10 myths about mental illness. There's also a special guide for college and university students with psychiatric disabilities.

There are a number of brochures about mental health issues including anger, grief, resilience, stress and work/life balance.

The CMHA website also has resources about general mental health.
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Alberta Health Services has a comprehensive listing of Mental Health & Wellness resources in Alberta including helplines, programs, services and facilities.

British Columbia’s health regions partnered up to create MindCheck,an awareness website, where you can explore your own mental health through a series of quizzes on topics related to worry, stress, drugs, anxiety and sadness. There are sections about mood & anxiety, stress, alcohol & other drugs, body image & eating, and reality check (psychosis). All the information is supplemented with videos and fact sheets.

Saskatchewan Mental Health Services includes a listing of services such community services and contacts. 
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Take one of the Canadian Mental Health Association's mental health quizzes. Your choices are mental health meter, work/life balance quiz and a stress test.

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  • Alberta wide Mental Health Help Line is confidential and anonymous. Includes referrals to other agenices if needed. 1 877 303 2642.
  • If you're under 20 and need to talk to someone immediately call the Kids Help Phone at 1 800 668 6868. There's also a live chat option Thurs to Sunday. The website also include Info Booth with a number of emotional health issues.
  • 24/7 rural distress line, the crisis line for northern Albertans, at 1 800 232 7288. The Crisis Support Centre also has an online crisis chat feature available weekdays from 6 to 10 pm and on weekends from noon to 4 pm.
  • There's also a southern Alberta Distress Centre with an online crisis chat available 5 to 10 pm daily.
  • Youth Space is "a safe place to talk about whatever is on your mind" based in Victoria, BC its services are open to Canadians under the age of 30. You can text, live chat and email.  Check out forum posts.
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Free 8 Week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Become familiar with the workings of your mind and learn ways to "train your brain"
  • Notice when you begin to get caught in old habits of the mind that create downward mood spirals.
  • Explore ways to release yourself from old habits and patterns, and if you choose, enter a new way of being.
  • To sign up, Contact: Chantel Walker 780 214 2687