Student Experience

    Wellness Education Centre

    Welcome to the Wellness Education Centre!

    Drop in to UCC 76  (near the bookstore) between 10am and 6pm, give us a call 

    (519 661-2111 x87127), email us, or follow us on Twitter!

    NEED HELP NOW? Click here to view Crisis Contacts.

    Looking for wellness events happening today?
    Check our Facebook page or Western's Wellness Events Calendar.

    What is the WEC?

    • The Wellness Education Centre (WEC) offers all Western students a safe, comfortable environment to get connected with the wellness resources available at Western and in the London community.
    • We have a 'no wrong door' policy - if you have a question, we'll help you answer it...or we'll find the person who can.

    How can the WEC help you?

    • As a student, searching for the right health and wellness resources to meet your needs can be an overwhelming, confusing, or intimidating experience.
    • At the WEC, we care about providing you with a supportive, personalized way to help you find the resources best suited to your needs.

    Who works at the WEC?

    The WEC is staffed by the Wellness Coordinator and WEC Student Staff.

    The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator and Western Dietitian Services also have offices in the WEC.

    Wellness Coordinator

    The Wellness Coordinator is Dr. Melanie-Anne Atkins. She supervises WEC Student Staff and works to promote mental health literacy across campus. She is available for bookings to deliver lectures and workshops about mental health and wellness.

    Email: matkin4@uwo.ca 
    Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87129

    WEC Student Staff

    WEC Student Staff connect students with health and wellness resources. They also design and promote interactive, educational wellness activities to help students become more proactive about their health and well-being.

    Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator

    The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator is a resource for all Western students who have experienced sexual violence and those individuals supporting survivors of sexual violence. The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator provides a compassionate and survivor-centric approach, and is able to assist survivors in navigating campus and community supports and explain the reporting options available to them should they wish to formally report an incident of sexual violence.

    The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator is available to provide training and educational workshops centered around sexual violence. Individuals passionate about sexual violence prevention education are encouraged to contact the Sexual Violence Prevention Education Coordinator to learn more about how to get involved with Western initiatives.

    Email: svpec@uwo.ca 
    Phone: 519-661-2111 ext.87085 
    www.uwo.ca/sexualviolence

    Western Dietitian Services

    Sara Perlmutter is a Registered Dietitian who rents office space in the WEC for Western Dietitian Services. You can book an appointment with her for nutrition counselling by sending her an email. She considers individual needs and medical conditions.

    Email: westernrds@gmail.com 
    https://www.facebook.com/WesternDietitianServices/

    Wellness Resources

    Mental Wellness Taking care of your mind

    At Western

    Off-Campus

    Psychological Services

    (519) 661-3031
    Individual and crisis psychological counselling, groups, and psychoeducational lecture series.

    Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre

    24/7 walk-in crisis assessment and support.

    Reach Out

    (519) 433-2023
    1(866) 933-2023
    Call or web chat 24/7 with a mental health and addictions professional who can provide information, resources, and crisis support.

    Student Health Services

    (519) 661-3030
    Appointment-based medical clinic, including counselling and psychiatry. Website also offers many online mental health resources, including two interactive mental health learning modules.

    Good2Talk

    1(866) 925-5454
    Call 24/7 for professional counselling, information, and referrals for post-secondary students.

    First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line

    1(855) 242-3310
    Call 24/7 for immediate, culturally relevant telephone crisis intervention counselling support in English, French, Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.

    Sexual Violence Support and Resources

    Comprehensive website listing on and off-campus resources for survivors and allies.

    Sexual Assault Centre London

    (519) 438-2272
    24/7 crisis support line.

    The Peer Support Centre 

    A safe space for students to seek resources and support, build community, meet other students and get talking about issues!

    Mission Services of London

    (519) 672-8500
    Community mental health programs offering various mental health support services.

    International Students and Wellness

    Not just for international students! This comprehensive resource, created jointly by the Student Development Centre and the International Exchange Student Centre helps you learn how to take charge of every aspect of your wellness. Also features the popular page: "What is Counselling?"

    Addiction Services of Thames Valley

    (519) 673-3242
    Provides screening, assessment, and addiction treatment services to people concerned about substance or internet use, gaming disorder, or problem gambling.

    RainyDaze

    Simple, fun games to help you take a harm reduction approach to alcohol and other drugs. You can also play on your phone!

    Mindfulness Meta Trauma Therapy (MMTT)

    Free online mindfulness tool created by Western's Dr Paul Frewen.

    How to Meditate

    A comprehensive guide from The New York Times' David Gelles on how (and why!) to meditate. 

    More Feet On The Ground

    An educational website on how to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus, developed by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) in partnership with Brock University. When you successfully complete a series of three quizzes on the site, you will receive a certificate for the More Feet on the Ground mental health training.

    Mental Health and Wellbeing for College Students: Achieving and maintaining emotional health during the college years

    A US-based comprehensive guide to help students identify common mental health disorders, their warning signs, how to manage them, and when to seek treatment.


    These are only a few resources available to you - come visit us in UCC 76 or give us a call at (519) 661-2111 x87127 to learn more!

    Physical Wellness Taking care of your body

    At Western

    Off-Campus

    Student Health Services

    (519) 661-3030
    Appointment-based medical clinic.

    Healthy Canadians

    Reliable, easy-to-understand Canadian health and safety information.

    Accessibility at Western

    (519) 661 2111 ext. 81458
    Western services, groups and committees on campus devoted to promoting accessibility and ensuring that individuals have equitable access to services and facilities.

    Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

    Also available as a pdf document here.

    Nutrition Information Services

    A plethora of resources to help you cook and eat healthy, including NetNutrition (residence dining nutrition facts), Ask Anne (on-campus nutritionist answering your nutrition-related questions) and FRESH (peer nutrition education program created by and for Western students).

    EatRight Ontario

    1 (877) 510-5102
    Use this free Ontario service to: (a) call or email a Registered Dietitian about nutrition and healthy eating; (b) browse the website for plenty of tips on how to shop, plan, and cook healthy meals.

    List of Health Services on Campus

    Everything from campus recreation to chiropractic to dental to massage to laboratory services to optometry to physiotherapy to speech and hearing services
    ...and much more - all on campus!

    Help for Disordered Eating

    Local: Hope's Garden
    (519) 434-7721

    National: National Eating Disorder Information Centre
    Also offers a helpline open until 9pm:
    1 (866) 633-4220

    Western Health Plans

    SOGS Health Plan (Graduate Students)

    USC Health Plan (Undergraduate Students)

    City of London Parks

    Explore London parks, bike and walking trails, gardens, and playgrounds.

    These are only a few resources available to you - come visit us in UCC 76 or give us a call at (519) 661-2111 x87127 to learn more!

    Academic & Career Wellness Taking care of your future goals

    For all Western students

    For specific populations of Western students

    The Student Success Centre:
    Careers, Leadership, Experience

    (519) 661-3559
    Career counselling services for assistance with career decision-making; linking academics to career paths; assistance working through career related stress and anxiety. Western students AND alumni within one year of graduation have full access to services and support!

    NEW: Check out their Career Fundamentals for University Students online modules!

    Thriving in Graduate School

    A one-stop-shop for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to learn how to play (yes!), work, study, connect, organize, lead, teach, communicate, and take care of yourself during graduate school and beyond.

    GradPath

    Online portal to graduate student professional development programs at Western, including the Teaching Support Centre and The WIRE.

    Learning Skills Services

    (519) 661-2183
    Drop-in tutoring (PAL Centre), individual appointments, self-help, and presentations to help all Western students achieve or maintain academic success. Sign up for learning strategies e-newsletters: S.T.U.D.Y. for undergraduates, and GRADUpdATE for graduate students.

    NEW: Check out their Learning Fundamentals for University Students online modules!

    Leadership and Mentorship Program

    LAMP Peer Mentors provide first- and second-year students with academic and social support.

    Writing Support Centre

    (519) 661-3655
    Writing drop-in help, individual appointments, workshops, seminars, and online resources for all Western students.

    Academic & Leadership Programmers

    Live-in residence staff members dedicated to helping Western students living in residence with everything related to their scholastic and academic needs.

    Propel

    (519) 661-2111 ext. 87307
    Entrepreneurship opportunities for all Western students.

    Academic Counselling

    Faculty-specific (for undergraduate students) or department-specific (for graduate students) to help students optimize their academic success.

    These are only a few resources available to you - come visit us in UCC 76 or give us a call at (519) 661-2111 x87127 to learn more!

    Environmental Wellness Taking care of what's around you

    At Western

    Off-Campus                              

    EnviroWestern

    USC club providing action and advocacy for environmental issues. Webpage offers links to sustainability and biking resources.

    mindyourmind

    Wellness ideas to try during the change of seasons, particularly in the spring and summer months. Looking for ways to adapt these for the winter? Come see us for some ideas!

    Wildlife Conservation Society

    USC club educating the student body on animal cruelty, endangered species, and decreasing our ecological footprint.

    David Suzuki Foundation

    Collaborates with Canadians from all walks of life to conserve the environment and find solutions to create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.

    Equity & Human Rights Services

    Supports Western's respectful and inclusive working and learning environment. 

    Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

    A holistic, ecosystem approach to inspiring a healthy environment.

    Western Housing Mediation Service

    Free, confidential resource to help students resolve housing disputes.

    Curbside Recycling in London

    Learn what, how, and when to recycle in London, Ontario.

    Reuse and Recycling Options in London

    Got something to recycle that doesn't fit into your blue box? Learn about companies that also offer reuse and recycling services. 

    Western Foot Patrol

    Volunteer-driven service that provides safe escorts, deters crime and promotes safety awareness at Western.

    Biking and walking routes in Southwestern Ontario

    Select "City of London" to explore a great list of routes, trail information, facilities, maps, and other tools including carpooling and carsharing options.

    Campus Community Police Service

    Emergency: 911
    Non-Emergency: (519) 661-3300 or ext. 83300

    London, Ontario Trails

    Explore, contribute, and rate the best hiking and mountain biking trails in London.

    Facilities Management

    (519) 661-3304 or ext. 83304
    Includes cleaning, caretaking, construction, mail, maintenance, parking services, and service interruption notifications.

    Earth Day Ecological Footprint Quiz

    Resource accounting tool that measures how much biologically productive land and sea is used by a given population or activity.

    These are only a few resources available to you - come visit us in UCC 76 or give us a call at (519) 661-2111 x87127 to learn more!

    Financial Wellness Taking care of your finances

    At Western

    Online

    Office of the Registrar:
    Student Financial Services

    (519) 661-2100
    Information about government loans, fees & refunds, scholarships & awards, bursaries, work study, financial counselling, and tax receipts

    EatRight Ontario

    Articles and resources to help you eat healthy on a budget.

    Financial Assistance for International Students

    (519) 611-2111 ext. 89309
    Financial assistance options for undergraduate and graduate international students through individual counselling, scholarships, bursaries, work opportunities, and emergency loans.

    Account Selector Tool

    Government of Canada tool to help you find the bank account that best suits your needs.

    How to order your credit report

    Also offers further links to help you understand your credit report and credit score, and how to correct errors and check for fraud.

    USC Food Support Service

    Free and anonymous on-campus food bank to help undergraduate students combat food insecurity. Request a food hamper using this Google Form or this pdf

    PSAC 610 Food Support & Resources Fund

    Aids members experiencing a financial need or emergency that diverts income from their food budget. 

    Budgeting Tools

    Making a budget and sticking to it

    Tips to save money while you're in school

    Gail Vaz-Oxlade resources

    Student Guide Discounts for Students

    Local companies offering student discounts in the Office of the Registrar's Western Student Guide.

    Money Management Websites

    Get Smarter About Money

    Financial Basics e-learning videos

    Bringing Home the Bacon money management game

    These are only a few resources available to you - come visit us in UCC 76 or give us a call at (519) 661-2111 x87127 to learn more!

    Social Wellness Taking care of your relationships

    Here are just a few ways to get involved at Western!

    Involvement Compass

    Developed by the University Students’ Council and, in collaboration with Western’s Co-Curricular Record, this interactive online tool can help you identify potential interests and opportunities to get involved at Western.
    After answering some questions, you will be matched with some involvement opportunities on campus that might be of interest to you.

    Foundations of Community Engagement

    Online modules to help you learn central principles of community engagement, including Models of Community Engagement, Deconstructing Power and Privilege, and Building Effective Community Partnerships.

    Student Associations

    Indigenous Student Groups
    International & Exchange Student Centre services
    Leadership and Mentorship Program (for first- and second-year students)
    Out of Province Student Association
    Society of Off-Campus Students (for first-year students)
    SOGS International Graduate Student Issues Committee (for graduate students)
    SOGS Orientation and Social Committee (for graduate students)
    The Sage Society: A Community for Mature Students

    Get Involved

    Alternative Spring Break
    Leadership Education Program 
    USC Clubs
    USC Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities
    Volunteers in Progress

    Student Government

    Society of Graduate Students

    University Students' Council

    Undergraduate Student Councils:
    Arts and Humanities
    Engineering
    Health Sciences
    Information and Media Studies
    Music
    Science
    Social Sciences

    These are only a few resources available to you - come visit us in UCC 76 or give us a call at (519) 661-2111 x87127 to learn more!

     

    Wellness Publications

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