Student Wellness Worker

Wellness is an ongoing process and involves recognizing your own abilities, the capacity to enjoy life, and the ability to cope with life's stresses while reaching your goals. You can achieve wellness holistically by making choices that benefit your mental, physical, social, and academic status.

Neglecting your wellness can have a negative impact on your health and well-being. Our Student Wellness Worker can assist you when you are struggling to manage your student demands or your life's stresses, and share in your joy about what is going well in your life. The FPH Student Wellness Worker can also offer one-on-one emotional support, mental health education, self-care practice suggestions, relationship guidance, off-campus housing resources, and crisis support.

To speak with our Student Wellness Worker, book an appointment via email, or stop by 2-400 SUB.


Meet Tracy Suter - First Peoples' House Student Wellness Worker

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Tracy Suter

Student Wellness Worker
tsuter@ualberta.ca 

My name is Tracy Suter and I am the Student Wellness Worker at First Peoples’ House – this is a free, confidential wellness support service for FNMI students at the University.

I was born and raised in Alberta and have also spent many years on the west coast for part of my education and career. I returned to Alberta in 2019 after working on Vancouver Island as an intake counsellor and as part of the Child & Youth Indigenous Mental Health team for the BC government. I have a Master’s degree in counselling and several years’ experience working with youth, including; working in a residential group home, at an at-risk youth walk-in centre, as a school counsellor (public school and post-secondary), and within family counselling agencies. I also have an undergraduate degree in Fine Art and additional training in Art Therapy – if you are interested in finding out more about this, please let me know (no artistic talent required)!

Your first visit offers you the opportunity to discuss reasons for seeking assistance, your history, and any immediate concerns, or just to say ‘hello.’ We will discuss your privacy, discuss strategies and recommendations for feeling better, and provide support – this may also include referrals to other on or off-campus resources. We will work together to explore what’s happening in your life and help you identify positive coping strategies to ensure a successful school year.

 As a wellness worker, I am interested in the holistic integration of emotions, thoughts and behaviours and I take a collaborative, strengths-based approach to healing. I have a passion for working with students as this particular transition can be an exciting, yet challenging time – the beginning of a journey that can impact the rest of your life. I am also a lifelong learner with many years’ experience in academia and navigating life as a new, as well as a mature student – I look forward to supporting you on your path.