Mental Health Resources for Science Students Everyone has mental health, and 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness. University can be a challenging time during which some students may develop or struggle with an existing mental illness. This resource is intended to start a conversation early on about the importance of mental health and mental illness in addition to equipping incoming students with knowledge about the resources available to them or a friend who may be struggling with their mental health. Please note MSS mentors are not trained mental health professionals but they may be aware of other resources that are not listed in this resource sheet.
Professional Supports on Campus Student Wellness Centre (SWC) located in MUSC B101 has trained medical staff who can provide one-to-one counselling or group counselling depending on the student's need. Call 905-525-9140 x 27700 to book an intake appointment. Crisis appointments are also available in cases of emergencies; these can be obtained by calling or visiting SWC.
On Campus Resources Student Wellness Education Lower Lounge(SWELL) located in MUSC B118 - open to all students. Has a large collection of wellness resources, programming and educational material. SafeTALK and ASSIST training - many McMaster Students have completed safeTALK and ASSIST training. These trainings are offered throughout the year on campus. This training aims to equip people with knowledge about suicide and crisis.
On Campus Peer Support Peer support refers to a process through which people who share common experiences or face similar challenges come together as equals to give and receive help based on the knowledge that comes through shared experiences (Riessman, 1989). Peer support is not meant to replace professional counselling. • Student Health Education Centre (MUSC 202) - supports all students • Pride Community Centre (MUSC 211) - support for LGBTQ+ students • Women Gender Equality Network (MUSC 204) - supports women, trans folks, people who identify outside the gender binary, and survivors of sexual assault • MSU Maccess (MUSC B111) - supports individuals with visible and invisible disabilities
Hamilton Community Supports • Body Brave —905-312-9628— workshops and supports for individuals who struggles with disordered eating or body image. • Spectrum Hamilton (https://spectrumhamilton.ca/) — Resources and supports for the LGBTQ+ community.
Help Lines • Good2Talk —1-866-925-5454— Ontario post-secondary students professional and confidential counselling hotline. • Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton and Area (SACHA) —905-525-4162— 24/7. Confidential/anonymous support for rape, sexual abuse, assault and harassment. • Barrett Centre for Crisis Support 24 Hours Crisis Line — 905-529-7878. • Kids Help Phone — Call: 1-800-688-6868 or Text "CONNECT" to 686868. Available 24/7, offers professional counselling and information. • Distress Centre of Hamilton —905-525-8611— 24/7 listening services. • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health — 905-525-1250 referral information for Hamilton and area. • Trans Lifeline Call: 877-330-6366 — helpline for trans individuals. • LGBT Youthline —1-800-268-9688— confidential peer support for LGBT folks.
Online Resources/ Apps • https://wellness.mcmaster.ca/resources/ • Well Track app — mcmaster.welltrack.com/register • Big White Wall — Online community peer support: https://www.bigwhitewall.com/ • Mental Health Resources available in Hamilton: (includes organizations/services, information sheets, other other external links) — https://www.ementalhealth.ca/Hamilton/All-Mental-HealthResources/