Counselling Services

Resources for students

Counselling Services offers an array of resources for students. View the links below that will help guide you to resources for coping with COVID, anxiety, study skills, mindfulness and more.

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Taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

There have been many rapid changes to protect all of us from the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed as a result, know that you are not alone and that help is available. In times of transition and uncertainty, taking good care of ourselves is more important than ever and OC Counselling Services has some tips and resources to share. 

7 essential tips for wellness

  1. Look after your basic needs: eat well, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, get some exercise. 
  2. Follow or create a routine: wake up and go to sleep around the same time every day, make your bed, get dressed, set a goal for the day.
  3. Stay connected: using phone, text, video chats or social media, stay in regular communication with friends and family. 
  4. Get some fresh air and sunshine when you can: schedule it into your day. 
  5. Practice mindfulness using activities such as meditation, yoga, art-making or journaling. You can find many free apps/websites for learning to meditate or doing yoga at home. 
  6. Limit the amount of time you watch or listen to media coverage. Find a credible source you can trust to get some facts. Social media is generally not a trustworthy source of information. 
  7. Remind yourself that this is time limited. Life will return to normal.

Additional resources

 

  • Anxiety Canada
    • Online resource providing self-help information, community programs and workshops in British Columbia + resources for parents, caregivers treating anxiety. 
  • Self-Help Resources - Centre for Clinical Interventions
    • If you looking for specific information about different types of mental health challenges then the ‘workbooks' or sets of modules on this website may be helpful for you. 
  • Here to Help
    • Access to quality information on mental health, mental illness and substance use problems.

​​​​​​​Exam anxiety:  A prezi recorded presentation for OC students (38 mins total) on exam anxiety.

Here are some handouts to help you develop healthier sleep habits: 

  • 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 (for purchase) where you'll find guided meditations for walking, stress & difficult emotion, work break, going to sleep, waking up and many other different categories
  • SFU Health and Counselling (website) guided exercises - has links to audio and video recordings to guide you through mindfulness and relaxation exercises. 
  • Self-compassion - has guided meditations, handouts and other information. This is an all-in-one resource for self-compassion.

Choosing a career may be one of the most important decisions you make as it will likely have a major influence on your lifestyle.  Accordingly, we don't recommend the  "pin the tail" approach for career decision making. 

View our OC career exploration guide

Mental health resources for OC students residing outside of B.C.

OC counsellors are not able to provide 1-1 personal counselling for students residing outside of British Columbia due to licensing restrictions. The following resources are available if you are needing emotional support while you are living outside of the province.

Mental Health Emergencies

Get help if you or someone else is in immediate danger, or at risk of harming yourself or others. Call emergency services in your area (9-1-1 in Canada) or visit your nearest hospital emergency room.

Connect with a mental health professional:

If you are an enrolled OC Student, we encourage you to participate in OC Counselling Services’ free workshop series. 

  • GROW@OC is an online drop-in group for students to connect, learn, and strategize to be an effective student and a healthier human.   
  • Flourish Wellness Wednesdays workshops are offered once a month, with a special focus on strategies to help you cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Here2Talk is available to B.C students located anywhere in the world.

If you are located within Canada, and are looking for local support, please visit the Crisis Services Canada webpage for resources in your community:

Wellness Together Canada: Receive a free mental health online assessment and connection to e-mental health resources or counselling by phone, text or video.  Available 24/7 for Canadians anywhere in the world.

If you are located in the United States, please visit Mental Health America’s website for national crisis and distress resources.

If you have further questions about available counselling supports, please email counselling@okanagan.bc.ca

For questions regarding International Student supports, please visit International Education.

Here2Talk

The Government of British Columbia has launched Here2Talk, a new mental health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students.

Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

Here2Talk.ca is available to B.C. students located anywhere in the world. 

  • Canada-wide toll free, dial: 1-877-857-3397
  • If you are accessing from outside Canada, dial: +1-604-642-5212. International calling charges may apply.

Visit Here2Talk

Here too talk mental health support

Community wellness resources

Crisis/ Suicide Line

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433): for individuals who are or know someone who is having thoughts of suicide. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in up to 140 languages. 

Youth Space

A place for any youth, under 30, that is experiencing any sort of crisis to come and talk. Open between 6pm - Midnight (PST). Online chat (youthspace.ca), or SMS text chat (778-783-0177).

Foundry (Kelowna and Penticton)

Foundry offers young people 12-24 access to mental health and substance use support, primary care, peer support and social services.