The links listed below are not meant to replace one on one counselling with a trained counsellor. The listing of these sites and resources does not imply Counselling Services or its staff endorses all of the information that is included. We encourage you to evaluate the materials and use what you find helpful.
Mental Health Apps
Always There - (free, android and iphone) - App from KidsHelpPhone to get support on the go, safely and anonymously.
Be Safe - (free, android and iphone) – create a safety plan for yourself that you can access quickly in times of need.
Mindshift - (free, android and iphone) - help cope with anxiety by learning how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and indentify steps to help take charge of your anxiety.
Pacifica - (free, android and iphone) - tool to help track mood, goals, health, CBT exercises, thought patterns, and relaxation exercises.
Headspace – (free, android and iphone) - for mindfulness meditation
HealthyMinds - (free, android and iphone) – track and support your mental health, learn individualized strategies and patterns of your moods and solutions, stress busters and relaxation
Hello Cruel World - (free, iPhone only) – 100 alternatives to suicide or self-harm behaviors
7 Cups of Tea - (free, android and iphone) - connect through chat to a trained listener to discuss any problems you may be having, to vent, or to get some advice or resources, or just to talk. Free, anonymous, and confidential. Also can be used in your browser.
Buddhify - (nominal one time fee, android and iphone) - 80 guided meditations and mindfulness exercises.
Deep Breathing Exercises – Try these exercises, search for others on YouTube, or you can come into counselling for some other ideas.
Progressive Muscular Relaxation – This video shows an example of a muscle relxation technique, which is a process of systematically tightening and relaxing muscle groups in your body. Move from the toes to the head and back down again, while monitoring and regulating breathing.
Imagery – Imagine places or times in your life that have been soothing and relaxing, and take time out to just imagine yourself in that place.
AuthenticHappiness.com - take quizzes to see where your stress management levels are, including GRIT testing, optimism, etc.
Sexual Abuse or Assault Support and Shelters
University of Lethbridge - Sexual Violence Support and Education, You have access to our support regardless if the sexual violence happened on or off campus, or if you were subjected to sexual violence before you came to the U of L. We’re also here to help if you are a friend supporting an individual who has experienced sexual violence.
Campus Security – contact to report and get support for any type of assault or abuse,
Love is respect - addresses questions such as “is this abuse,” and “why do people stay in abusive relationships,” it has online quizzes, information, safety planning, as well as online confidential chat support
Body-Image, Self-Esteem, and Eating Disorders
NEDIC - The National Eating Disorder Information Centre has a wealth of information on body image facts, including male eating disorders.
Dove - Sketches - See how women's personal interpretation of their beauty can be so far off of the reality of what others see. Be sure to check out the other Dove videos in the related videos links.
Adobe by Fotoshop – An entertaining Youtube video about how the media influences our body image perception.
5 Languages of Love - Learn what your love language is, how you communicate best with your partner, and how to work together to find a communication style that meets both of your needs
USLU Pride Centre – Located here on the University of Lethbridge Campus the PRIDE Centre provides for persons on campus, regardless of their orientation, a positive platform to promote safety, personal growth, respect and pride for the Queer community. We are a proactive group determined to end discrimination and create an inclusive environment for Queer persons on campus through awareness, education, as well as social and political activity.
It Gets Better – A campaign of videos from celebrities as well as every day youth and adults sharing their story on how life gets better, and not to give up hope during difficult times arise in dealing with your sexual orientation. See here for a video from It Gets Better Canada. http://ok2bme.ca/videos/802