Welcome, new and returning Warriors! Campus Wellness is excited to be here to support you as you come back to campus or are just arriving for the first time. Here’s an overview of some of the Campus Wellness services you can access as a University of Waterloo student:
- Counselling Services: Provides inclusive, non-judgmental help to support your personal, interpersonal, and academic life through Coping Skills seminars on subjects like self-care, workshops on skills like mindfulness, individual counselling for personal concerns and coping skills, crisis intervention during difficult times, group therapy, and mental health training.
- Health Services – Student Medical Clinic: Provides compassionate, caring, and inclusive medical services to University of Waterloo students including walk-in and booked appointments for primary medical care, mental health care, on-site laboratory, sexually transmitted infection testing, immunizations and allergy injections, birth control dispensary, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, nutrition services, and travel medicine.
- Health Services – Family Health Clinic: Provides primary care to registered students with dependents, post-doctorate researchers, visiting scholars, and their families, including parents or siblings, who come to Waterloo to support individuals during their academic career at University of Waterloo.
As you arrive on campus, consider the following things to manage your health while you are here:
- If you have a pre-existing mental health concern, think about setting up a mental health team early to support you as you navigate through university life. This could be either through a Campus Wellness office or you might choose to visit a professional from off campus and that’s okay too. Just make sure you have your supports in place early so that if you need help, you know where to go.
- Keep in touch with your support system at home, whether that’s your parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, or other mentors. Set up a regular phone or video call date with the people who have helped you in the past to share your successes and struggles.
- If you had an individualized education plan in high school, think about approaching AccessAbility Services early in the term to set up any accommodations you might need pro-actively instead of right before exams, when you’ve already got so much on your mind.
- If you are far from your family doctor, and you need regular medications or allergy shots, make sure to get your medical referrals transferred to Health Services at the beginning of the term.
- Set up good self-care practices right from the start. Make sure to eat regularly, sleep well, get some exercise, and take time for yourself, even when things get busy. Keeping a consistent self-care routine can help you weather hectic times like exams, assignment deadlines, and co-op applications.
Check out our Orientation to Wellness seminar to find out more about self-care and a larger list of wellness resources available to you on campus.