Health and Wellness Resources
Counselling and Career Services strives to support Calgary campus students by empowering them in their career decision making through one-on-one advising appointments over the phone or through e-mail, and through a variety of online resources for resume writing, interviews and portfolios, job searches, and career planning. These resources are available on their website, or by contacting the Career and Counselling office directly.
University of Lethbridge Calgary Campus students have access to professional counsellors through the Bow Valley College Counselling Services in Learner Success Services. This service is free of charge for students enrolled at the University. Students have the opportunity to discuss life concerns and difficulties in a private and confidential setting. BVC counsellors have a wide variety of backgrounds and experience and are trained to work with all kinds of counselling issues, and are here to talk about any subject with which a student feels they need help. Through this center, students have access to personal, academic and career counselling.
The mission of the University of Lethbridge Health Centre is to enrich student’s living and learning potential through the provision of pro-active health education, on-site health care, and health insurance information. The Health Centre provides uLethbridge Calgary campus students with access and information regarding first aid, mental health, health information, and alcohol and drug awareness and resources.
Within the Health Centre, students can access the Mental Health Team who can further aid in navigating the challenges and difficulties of mental health/addictions. By reaching out to the Mental Health Team, students can be connected with the right resources and supports within the University as well as in the community. The Mental Health team can assist students with difficulties in ADHD, Addictions, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Disordered Eating, Dietitian Services, Depression, Personality Disorder, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Sleep Concerns, Stress Management, Self-Harm, and Suicidal Thoughts. If you have questions about services regarding mental health/addiction, please contact the Health Centre.
uLethbridge Calgary campus students have access to the Bow Valley College Multi-Faith room. This room provides a designated space for spiritual practice, and can be accessed on a drop-in basis for worship, prayer, meditation and spiritual wellbeing.
The Bow Valley College Security offices are located on the 1st floor of both the south and north campuses. Security is available to students for concerns regarding health and safety on campus. uLethbridge students can access the Safewalk program. Through this program, Security guards will walk with students within a 2 block campus if they feel as though they would like accompaniment.
The University of Lethbridge is the first Canadian institution to join 7 Cups of Tea. This program provides on-demand emotional health and well-being service. Through technology, this service anonymously & securely connects real people to real listeners in one-on-one chat. With the uLethbridge platform, students can access listeners who know the University and relate to the specific challenges other students may be facing. People connect with listeners on 7 Cups of Tea for all kinds of reasons, from big existential thoughts to small, day-to-day things that we all experience. Unlike talking to family or friends, a 7 Cups of Tea listener doesn’t judge or try to solve problems and say what to do. Our listeners just listen. They understand. They give you the space you need to help you clear your head. Students can also participate in the platform as listeners by contacting the Mental Health Educator in the Student Success Centre.
There are a number of resources available within the city of Calgary which can support students depending on their needs. While these resources do not have a direct affiliation with the University of Lethbridge, as residents of Calgary, students can access them for further assistance. For some services, a fee may apply. If you would like more information or are not sure where to start, you can book an appointment with the Calgary Campus Student Services Coordinator by calling 403-571-3360, ext. 4657.
Access Mental Health is a non-urgent service through which individuals can contact for information and direction for assistance with addiction and mental health services, and obtain referrals to other organizations. Access Mental Health can screen and connect individuals with the appropriate service in the Calgary community. They have partnerships with both Alberta Health Services programs as well as community organizations. They provide a starting block for those seeking resources for addiction and mental health.
Through Calgary Counselling Centre, students can access counselling. This community resource is available to all individuals, family and youth, not just uLethbridge students. This organization connects those who need it with a registered Psychologist to help individuals identify and work through issues that they want assistance with. This is a ‘for-fee’ service, however fees are done on a sliding scale, depending on the income of the individual accessing the service.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons provides a listing of physicians currently accepting new patients onto their practice. Students wanting to find a family physical can search by city to find one available in Calgary.
Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) ensures everyone has a place to turn to in a time of crisis by providing 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling and referrals - all at no cost. Counselling is available over the phone or face to face. They also provide a referral service to connect callers with the appropriate community resource. This resource is not just available to uLethbridge students, but all community members. Through their ‘Connecteen’ program, they provide resources and services for teens who need support.
Eastside Family Services provides no-charge, walk-in, single session counselling to individuals, couples and families. These services are for people experiencing emotional upset that may arise from a variety of situations ranging from parent/ adolescent conflict and mental health concerns to domestic violence, financial stress and employment loss. They have multidisciplinary teams of professionals, including psychiatric and clinical consultation. They also provide no-cost, legal advice in collaboration with Calgary Legal Guidance. These are walk-in services-- there is no appointment necessary to access these services.
Have a health concern for yourself or someone else? Not sure how serious it is or what to do? Health Link provides over the phone health advice from a registered nurse 24/7. When you call, they will ask questions, assess symptoms and determine the best care for you. They can provide you with information about what’s going on, recommendations on what steps to take or where to seek care, and information about where to find care. If English is not your first language, Health Link can also provide support by bringing in an interpreter to be part of a 3 way conversation.