Health and Well-Being

Your research is important, but so is everything else outside of it. Graduate school can often be demanding. It is vital to maintain good life-work balance, but if things get too much, and even social outlets aren't enough to help, the University of Guelph offers many resources to help and meet your needs. Links to available services and outlets are provided below.

If you have health, family or financial troubles that are interfering with your studies, going part-time for at least a semester or two could be an option for you (see more details here, and the transfer form here). A "leave of absence" for a semester or two may also help (you can find the form here). However, going part-time or taking a leave can have disadvantages (for example in terms of scholarships, health insurance, and your visa if you're international), so to help in situations where you're really struggling and these courses of action can't help, we do have a department "graduate emergency pot" to help out in cases of financial need; please write to the Graduate Coordinator explaining your situation, and ask your advisor to supply a support letter too.

Resources on Campus I: Physical Health

Gryphon Athletics The official athletics department of the university. Services offered include fitness & recreation centres, clubs for a variety of sports, information on varsity athletics and games, individual & group fitness classes for a wide range of activities, personal physical training, and many more. Headquarters is the W. F. Mitchell Athletics Centre at the southeastern corner of campus.
Health & Performance Centre The on-campus physical rehabilitation centre. They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic orthopedic, musculoskeletal, sport and activity-related injuries.
Student Health Services The on-campus clinic is located at the J.T. Powell building. In addition to providing primary medical care to full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students along with their families and visitors, SHS promotes comprehensive health as well as initiatives to prevent disease spread. Their website contains many resources in promoting health.
Wellness Centre Linked with Student Health Services, the Wellness Centre provides educational material for undergraduate and graduate students on campus regarding the promotion of health and well-being. Peer-to-peer education is also provided, including drop-in consultations, interactive programming, and distribution of resources.

Resources on Campus II: Mental Health


A general overview of mental health and well-being resources can be found in the Mental Well-being page on the University's website. And all counseling sessions are free of charge for registered students. The 'My gradskills' portal also has a course on stress and mental health.

Counselling Services

Walk-in and by-appointment consultations with a professional counselor are available for students dealing with mental illness or other personal challenges that may be interfering with one's studies or other areas of their lives. The University of Guelph and its organizations strive to maintain the institution as a place for higher learning and the academic success of its students.

Also offers group therapy sessions.

Student Support Network This network run by extensively trained student volunteers offers drop-in peer support, including non-judgmental and confidential listening/support, as well as information and referrals. Services are offered in the Fall and Winter semesters. Headquarters are situated at the Raithby House at the centre of campus.
Wellness Centre Linked with Student Health Services, the Wellness Centre provides educational material for undergraduate and graduate students on campus regarding the promotion of health and well-being. Peer-to-peer education is also provided, including drop-in consultations, interactive programming, and distribution of resources.
 

For a complete list of all resources on campus, please refer to the Current Students page on the central university webpage.