Conestoga Student Success


Mental Health Support and Resources

The Breathing Space

The Breathing Space is a student wellness space and home to the Peer Wellness Navigators. It is a quiet place on campus for students to take a break and reconnect. The room is stocked with stress-busting activities and runs wellness-focused drop-in groups and activities throughout the week. The spaces include games, activities, and crafts to support student wellness. Come chat with a student Peer Wellness Navigator today to learn more about The Breathing Space.


  • Kitchener - Downtown Kitchener Campus, room 107
  • Kitchener - Doon Campus, room 1A107
Looking to participate in a Peer Wellness Navigator activity or group? Check out the Peer Wellness Navigator Schedules.
The Breathing Space

What is a Peer Wellness Navigator?

A Peer Wellness Navigator is a current Conestoga student who uses their lived experience with mental health and/or substance use to focus on building connections and sharing wellness tools and strategies. They are not counsellors, but instead, support students in an intentional way with the goal of increasing wellness, being great listeners, and increasing sense of belonging. Joining a drop-in group or exploring the activities in The Breathing Space are both great first steps to supporting your wellness and becoming connected in an informal way. 


Self-help refers to techniques students can employ to maintain their own wellness. Another way of framing this is self-care. For self-help ideas, please see the self-help wellness resources or visit The Breathing Space and talk to a Peer Wellness Navigator for guidance and further recommendations. Self-help strategies are unique to you. Find something you enjoy doing that will support your wellness.

Peer Support

What is peer support?

Peer support is a mental health and substance use service provided by an individual who has lived experience with these subjects. It focuses on building connections and sharing wellness tools and strategies. It is generally more relaxed and socially focused than counselling services, and can occur one-on-one or in a group setting.

Accessing peer support and self-help at Conestoga

A Canadian Mental Health Association peer support navigator is available for appointments and runs weekly peer support wellness and mental health drop-in groups.

To book an appointment email or phone 519-748-5220 ext. 3679.

Visit the Co-curricular Portal for registration and information on mental health-related drop-ins and workshops. 

Help a student

Are you worried about a friend's well-being? Often asking them if they need someone to talk to, and taking the time to listen, is a great first step to providing them with help. We suggest connecting with the Peer Support Navigator for advice or encouraging your friend to connect with one of the college wellness services.

If you are concerned your friend is in immediate danger of harming themselves or others, please refer to our Emergency and Crisis Care information. 

If you are a Conestoga faculty or staff member who is concerned about a student, please refer to the Student Success Services faculty resources and student referral section.

Off-campus mental health supports for students

The following mental health services are available for students residing in Ontario. If you need out-of-province or -country support, please visit this list of mental health services by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

  • Good2Talk provides free and confidential support services for all Ontario post-secondary students, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
    Dial 1-866-925-5454 to talk, or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868 to access professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.

  • Crisis support lines
    For immediate assistance, call 911. 
    • HERE 24/7 (Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph) - 1-844-437-3247
    • Crisis Support Peel (Mississauga, Brampton, Peel areas) - 1-888-811-2222
    • Canadian Suicide Prevention - 1-833-456-4566

  • Dialogue Virtual Care - provided by the student health benefits plan. 

  • Community counselling and mental health supports
    These services offer sliding scale fees, and students can use their student health benefits plan for coverage. 
  • SOCH Mental Health Resources

Conestoga College