Well-Being and Mental Health


Free, confidential, bilingual counselling and therapy service for students

These services are offered by Josée Ouellette, psychotherapist.

To make an appointment, email jouellet@ualberta.ca or text 780-938-1017.

Why counselling and therapy?
  • Recognising, understanding and managing a mental health problem
  • Difficulties with sleep and mood
  • Signs of depression
  • Signs of anxiety
  • 2SLGBTQI identity
  • Stress studies Feeling overwhelmed
  • Bereavement
  • A precarious financial situation
  • Trauma (PTSD)
  • Domestic violence
  • Harassment, sexual violence, gender-based violence
  • ADHD, learning disability
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Juggling many responsibilities (family, studies, finances etc.)
  • Adjusting to a new environment Life transitions
  • Social isolation
  • Low self-confidence/procrastination
  • Concerns about academic performance


Welltrack Boost

Welltrack Boost is a bilingual application offered by the university that can help you assess your mood on a daily basis. You'll also find knowledge and strategies about depression, anxiety, and resilience that you can put into practice right away. This application is free for University of Alberta students. All you need is your CCID to access it for free.

Get the app


24/7 French-language Helpline


Whatever difficulty you're experiencing, the helpline is there to listen. For more information, you can also visit their website.


Other University of Alberta resources

Other mental health and wellness services at the university, available in English:


Other resources

The following resources may be in French or in English.

Video: Understanding stress before going on placement

A video prepared for education students to help them better understand stress before going on placement.

Series of videos about learning strategies in a university environment

Sometimes students become very stressed about their studies and as a result their mental health is negatively affected, so effective study strategies can help to improve mental health. If you want to reduce your stress and improve your academic performance and your mental health here is a series of videos created by Dr. Stephen Chew, Professor of Psychology. Dr. Chew has won several prestigious awards for his achievements in the field of psychology.

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Podcast on performance anxiety during exams

This podcast is presented by neuroscientist Sonia Lupien on Radio Canada's Penelope program. In this podcast we talk about the importance of encoding information in our long-term memory when studying and how this approach can reduce performance anxiety.

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A six-part video series on anxiety

Here is a link to a six-part series on anxiety in English. It is recommended by several experts in the field of anxiety. By listening to the six episodes, you can gain a good understanding of the role anxiety plays, its impact and, most importantly, acquire strategies to counter its negative impact on your life.

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  1. Meet your ANXIETY competitor. Video 1 is an introduction to anxiety. It explains the role anxiety plays in protecting you from making mistakes, but which can lead to replicative, non-productive and obsessive worries. It explains how these worries are like noise in your head.
  2. Let go of the noise in your head and accept the uncertainty. Video 2 explains how anxiety persists in making you think the worst and has lots of catastrophic scenarios. In this episode, we explain how anxiety seeks 100% certainty. So we encourage you to counteract anxiety by welcoming uncertainty and the unknown.
  3. Tame the discomfort. In video 3, we encourage you to observe your discomfort with anxiety, which manifests itself as worry and fear. We invite you to do the opposite of what anxiety wants you to do, i.e. avoid it. The strategy offered is to face up to the discomfort your worries and fears evoke and take action in spite of everything!
  4. Do the opposite. In video 4, we encourage you to be aware of anxiety and above all not to ignore it, because this behaviour amplifies anxiety. The strategy offered is to do the opposite of what anxiety tends to tell you to do.
  5. Be afraid. In video 5, we encourage you to identify something that scares you a little and to take action. We invite you to recognise your discomfort when you do something that scares you and to face it despite everything. Keep going and don't give up, because you want to do things that are important to you and no longer be paralysed by anxiety.
  6. Living with anxiety. In video 6, we explain that you can live with anxiety. Anxiety can be useful. But you're the boss who decides when anxiety is useful or not.









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