Mental Health Support and Resources
Are you okay?
How to Ask for Help
guide can help you determine if what you are experiencing is stress, distress or a crisis. Learn what actions you should take to help yourself, based on which of these situations you are experiencing.
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 visit the
mental health resources page
or contact our peer support navigator
for guidance and further recommendations.
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
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 email@example.com 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
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