Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Seeking mental health support and improving your understanding of mental health can have a positive impact on your wellbeing, and help you succeed on your academic journey. 

During the fall and winter terms there are two same-day triage appointments available, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., for students in elevated levels of distress. These are not counselling appointments. The purpose of this appointment is to better determine the urgency of the situation, assess best next steps, and to coordinate appropriate service supports for you. Please inquire about these appointments by calling 403-210-9355.

Please note that because our regular scheduled appointments are booked up to 5 business days in advance, they are not meant for urgent or crisis situations. If you need after-hours mental health support or are experiencing a current mental health crisis, you can access 24/7 support through the Distress Centre.

Eligibility: Services are available for students until 3 months after completing your course work. During this period, your mental health provider will support your transition to community based services.

Counselling Services

Our clinic provides free and confidential counselling to UCalgary students. Our counsellors can help you address concerns, no matter where you are on the Mental Health Continuum. Common concerns students experience are stress and anxiety, depression, loneliness and isolation, and relationship issues. If you’re dealing with these or other issues, counselling might be right for you. 

Counselling services are held in person or remotely via Microsoft Team. Learn what to expect from virtual counselling.

One-at-a-time counselling

Get faster access to support when you need it most. Through single session counselling, you can explore concerns, gain insights, and co-create some strategies you can leave the appointment with. Many find that one session of counselling meets their needs, but if you feel something more is needed, you can discuss this with the counsellor, and further supports on or off campus will also be explored. You can access single session counselling as many times as you need.

With appointments available from Monday to Friday, you’ll usually be able to book a 75-minute appointment within a week.

  • Deepening understanding of thoughts, emotions, and behaviours
  • Exploring of values, purpose, and meaning
  • Healing from trauma and historical events
  • Working through dilemmas and getting unstuck from a problem or concern
  • Finding new ways to make positive change

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Coordinated care

Our team of Student Support Advisors (Registered Social Workers and a Registered Nurse) are here to help you with any issues keeping you from personal or academic success, using a coordinated care approach.

The purpose of coordinated care is to help you reach your optimum level of wellness through practical problem solving, resource navigation, and linking & liaising with campus and community resources. Coordinated care can occur concurrently with individual counselling.

With appointments available from Monday to Friday, you’ll usually be able to book a 60-minute appointment within a week.

  • Increase confidence in your academic ability
  • Make general improvements to your well-being
  • Navigate systems on- and off-campus
  • Improve personal functioning
  • Offering supportive check-ins on an as needed basis

Learn more about Coordinated care

Direct access services

Peer listening

Come visit with a trained student volunteer who is ready to listen and talk with you about your concerns. Peer listeners are knowledgeable about on- and off-campus resources.

Learn more about peer listening »

Self-help resources

Access videos, learning modules, online information, apps, and more that provide mental health information and strategies to help you make positive changes to your health and wellbeing.  Available any time of day!

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Student Wellness Services offers a variety of workshops that cover various mental health topics.

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Mental health educational groups

These multi-session, ongoing groups provide support, mental health information, and strategies to promote your well-being.

Learn more about group programs

Referral required:

Brief individual counselling

Using a brief model, individual counselling aims to help you address concerns through connection with helpful resources and short-term, goal-focused support.

Learn more about counselling


We offer psychiatric consultations and treatment for UCalgary students using a short–term model (usually up to six sessions). Referrals are only made by a community-based or Student Wellness Services physician.

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