Mental Health

Students experience a variety of stressors and challenges that are particular to academic life. When considering these demands in a larger context (i.e. personal and work life), mental health can become an area of struggle for many students. 

The mental well-being of students at the U of A is the responsibility of the whole community — all individuals, services, groups, and programs contribute to student mental health. 

Community Supports

Aboriginal Student Services Centre
Providing support to all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students on a variety of stressors related to university life. 

Community Social Work Team
Supporting students in establishing connections with each other and the campus community through programs and training opportunities.

Counselling and Clinical Services
Providing free, confidential counselling and psychiatric services for a range of student mental health concerns.

International Student Services
Supporting international students as they navigate the challenges of adjusting to life in Canada.

The Landing
A student space for gender and sexual diversity offering peer mentorship, resources, and referrals for students working through issues around gender and sexual identify related stressors. 

Peer Support Centre
Trained volunteers offer peer support, crisis management, information and resources, and provide students with a safe place to talk. 

Sexual Assault Centre
Offering free and confidential counselling and support for individuals affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, or stalking.

University Health Centre
Physicians provide comprehensive medical care to university students and staff, including assessment and treatment of mental health concerns. 

Mental Health Topics

  • Anxiety

    Many students in university experience anxiety, whether it is social anxiety, test anxiety, or anxiety/panic attacks. Everyone gets anxious from time to time, but when it begins to affect your life on a day-to-day basis, it is time to seek support and strategies to work through it.

    Read more about anxiety

  • Depression and Grief

    Depression and grief are experiences of our mental health that are difficult to understand and navigate — but no one has to feel alone in their experience. Many strategies and resources exist for students dealing with depression and grief.

    Read more about depression and grief

  • Romantic Relationships

    Throughout university, students experience many types of relationships, from romantic relationships to friendships to workplace relationships. Romantic relationships in university can be fun when they are healthy, but can have a deep impact on our overall happiness and well-being if they are unhealthy. 

    Read more about romantic relationships

  • Self-image and Self-improvement

    Students may experience changes in their self-image as they experience university life and the stressors it brings. They are many ways self-image can be improved, including self-esteem, assertiveness, body image, and anger management.

    Read more about self-image and self-improvement

  • Stress and Balance

    University life brings a unique set of stressors to students that can impact the overall balance of life, especially when students are dealing with perfectionism, procrastination, and sleeping problems.

    Read more about stress and balance