Summary

Mental health is fundamental to student success and well-being, but it is ignored and stigmatized by many. To combat these issues, the ReThink Mental Health campaign works to create a university culture in which individuals feel safe seeking support from counselling and peers, while making students aware of the resources available to combat stress, anxiety, and depression. Utilizing workshops, videos, and myth-busting, the campaign aims to de-stigmatize mental health and advocate for students to get the help and resources that they need.

Mental Health Resources

UVic (Free Services)

Counselling Services
250-721-8341
counsell@uvic.ca
Free confidential counselling.
Health Services
250-721-8492
moa@uvic.ca
Full service primary health clinic.
Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL)
250-472-4947
infocal@uvic.ca
Academic accommodations and support.
Multifaith Services
250-721-8338
chaplain@uvic.ca
Meditation and spiritual resources.

UVSS Peer Support Centre

Whether you are struggling with or have questions regarding mental health, are concerned for a friend, or need help accessing resources on or off campus, you can seek a first-point-of-contact at the Peer Support Centre.

Our trained student volunteers are here to listen, offering non-judgmental, empathetic and confidential support while helping fellow students navigate next-step resources and student life at UVic.

UVSS (Covered Under Health and Dental Plan)

StudentCare
1-877-789-8714
Online Chat (Plan Administration)

Health plan provider. 80% of external counselling covered.

PsyVitalitï
1-844-337-2473 ext. 0

Online, affordable video-call counselling sessions.

Community

Vancouver Island Crisis Line
1-888-494-3888
Text: 250-800-3806
24 hour support line for emergency mental health services

YOUTHSPACE.ca
Text: 778-783-0177
Online Chat

Online support network. Open 6pm – midnight.

Canadian Mental Health Association
250-216-4228
victoria.branch@cmha.bc.ca

Nation-wide organization. General Resources and events.

NEED2 Suicide Prevention
250-386-6328
admin@need2.ca

Workshops and resources.

BC Schizophrenia Society
250-384-4225
admin.bcss@shaw.ca

Services for people with mental illness.

What We Do

Outreach

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Throughout the year, the UVSS will be out around campus engaging students on the topics of mental health. We want to encourage students to think about stress, not how to avoid it – but how to manage it.

This year, our in-person outreach has been suspended due to COVID, but keep tuned to UVSS social media for online engagement and events!

Wellness Week Week

In partnership with the amazing UVic Office of Student Life and over 15 other UVic departments, the UVSS and ReThink Mental Health partner in UVic’s annual Wellness Week, which takes place each January.

Want to Volunteer?

Volunteers are what allow us to continue to do awesome events and outreach for mental health on campus. If you are interested in getting involved, email campaigns@uvss.ca for more information!

Partners

 UVic Student Mental Health Initative

The University of Victoria  is a key partner in the ReThink Mental Health Campaign, with our swag co-branded, events co-ran, and many outreach opportunities done in partnership. This year we want to put forward a united effort to showcase what resources are on campus and in the community while continually working with the government to stress the importance of more resources. We continue to work with UVic on the steering committee for the UVic Mental Health Strategy.

Email: uvicsmhs@uvic.ca

Website: uvic.ca/mentalhealth

Endorsers

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Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association has been a huge supporter of the ReThink Mental Health campaign, providing us with advice, resources and coming to our events to engage with students.

Email: victoria.branch@cmha.bc.ca

Website: victoria.cmha.bc.ca

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NEED2: Suicide Prevention Education & Support

In addition to supporting out events, NEED2 is working with UVSS to bring more workshops on campus for suicide prevention.

Email:admin@need2.ca

Website: need2.ca

Sponsors

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