Student Health and Wellness

Looking for Health & Wellness Resources?

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OC Counselling Services
Personal, emotional and academic problems can be a normal part of student life. Okanagan College Counselling Services provides professionally-trained counsellors and other resources to assist students in coping with problem areas that may interfere with maximizing academic and social potential.


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Health and Wellness
Okanagan College is happy to support the optimal health and wellness of students and the campus community by providing information on services and resources available in the Okanagan Region. The Okanagan is home to easily accessible and client-centred state-of-the-art medical facilities and a range of community services. Click the image for Wellness Matters information at Okanagan College for important numbers and 8 ways to Wellness.



Y Mind at OC Kelowna!
Experiencing anxiety?  Want tools to cope?  Want a free YMCA membership?  Want a free meal? YMind is a 7-week group for OC students aged 18-30 that helps students learn how to deal with anxiety and stress. 

To participate, students must attend a mandatory information session.  The Fall 2019 group is now full.  For Winter 2020, information sessions will be held on  Wed Jan 15 and Jan 22, 2020 from 2:30-5pm.  To register for the information session, please email:

Read more about Kiah's positive experience with Y Mind.  Learn more about YMCA groups in the community.  

   Flourish button   Flourish in Penticton
Flourish is a Wellness Project on Penticton campus. It is a drop-in safe space, free of charge to all OC Students, where they explore various themes related to stress management and mental wellness. We offer Wellness Wednesday workshops and Flourish with Yoga classes Thursdays. Click the image for more details. * Note that Flourish programming is not offered during the spring/summer.

   AthleticsandRec button   Athletics, Recreation & Student Life
Purchase a Fitness Access card ($10 - one time fee) to access the gym (gym pass), activities, leagues and fitness classes.  

  Spiritual Multi-Faith Space   Spiritual Multi-faith Space
The Spiritual Multi-faith space is inclusive to students and employees, and is located in the Library (L) on the 3rd floor. For hours click here.


HealthLink BC

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Youth Space

Youthspace is a place for any
youth across Canada, under 30,
that is experiencing any sort of 
crisis to come and talk. Open 
between 6pm - Midnight (PST).
Online chat (, 
 or SMS text chat 

24/7 Consultation

Speak to a nurse anytime by
calling Health Link BC at 8-1-1.
Pharmacists and dieticians are
also available through dialing the
Health Link BC 8-1-1 service.

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Guided Mindfulness Apps & Resources

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Mindshift is a free app that you can use to learn about  anxiety, assess your anxiety, plan strategies for dealing with it, and help yourself relax.

thinkFULL is a free app that helps you manage your stress 
to enrich your life. Powered by a rich library of life tips to help 
you relieve stress, solve problems and live well.

Calm is an app (free & paid subscription) for meditation and mindfulness. Enjoy 100+ guided meditations to help you manage anxiety, lower stress and sleep better.

Insight Timer is a free app that is home to over 5,500,000 meditators.

Buddhify is an app where you'll find guided meditations for walking, stress & difficult emotion, work break, going to sleep, waking up and many other different categories

*For more Mindfulness Resources check out the Counselling web page - Wellness Resources

 Wellness Resources  Mindfulness resources

Help end the stigma around mental illness.
It’s a fact: One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.  Bell Let’s Talk offers 5 simple ways to help end the stigma that keeps too many who struggle with mental illness from seeking the help they need.

Get involved with Bell Let's Talk Day at OC
In recognition of the nationally recognized Bell Let's Talk day, employees and students were encouraged to wear blue on January 30, 2019 to show support for mental health awareness. Student Services hosted a Bell Let's Talk Cafe on the Kelowna campus in collaboration with Athletics, Recreation & Student Life, the Library, Counselling and OCSU. The OCSU also hosted events at the Penticton and Salmon Arm campuses. 

If you would like to get involved, please
contact the Student Services office at

  5 Simple Ways to End the Stigma
What is Bell Let's Talk?
Bell Let's Talk is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed to donate at least $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research. Their goal is to help keep the conversation going all year long and make every day a day it is okay to talk about mental health.

Student Support Services at Okanagan College

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