ENGWellness Resources for UG Engineering Students
Resources for UG students in ECE or MME:
The following ENGWellness resources are open to undergraduate students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering (MME) departments:
Resources for all UG Engineering Students:
The following resources are open to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering:
1. Academic & Program Resources
2. Training & Professional Development Resources
3. On-campus Wellness Resources
4. Peer Support Resources
5. Additional and Urgent Support
Academic & Program Resources
First-Year (1A/1B) Academic Advisors
First-year academic advisors can assist with all academic advising for all students in their first year of engineering. To book an appointment please email the first-year office or call 519-888-4761.
Upper Year (2A+) Academic Advisors
If you are in 2A or higher, your academic advisor resides in your specific department/program.
Co-operative Education Resources
At Waterloo, co-op students alternate study terms with work terms and graduate with up to two years of relevant, paid work experience. This means two years of experience learning how to navigate the hiring process, applying skills to real-life problems, and learning about oneself along the way! The Co-operative Education department has a great variety of resources to assist our undergraduate population with job searches, co-op requirements, and professional development.
Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) Resources - Online Learning
The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) supports the design, development and delivery of online credit and non-credit courses for the University of Waterloo, offers professional development opportunities to the world, and advocates for adult, part-time and online learners. Given the recent developments with COVID-19, they have developed many resources to assist students with the transition to online learning. Below are a few of these resources:
- Getting Ready to Learn Online (comprehensive module)
- Myths of Online Courses
- What to Expect from Online Courses
Training & Professional Development Resources
Centre for Career Action
The Centre for Career Action aims to educate and inspire all University of Waterloo students, alumni, employees, and post-docs to develop and take action to achieve current and future career goals. They seek to accomplish this through high quality in-person and online services in partnership with students, alumni, employers, faculty and staff. They offer a wide variety of professional and development services to support out undergraduates.
Student Success Office (SSO) Resources
The Student Success Office (SSO) combines a multitude of different resources and services that are helpful for academic achievement, personal development, and connecting with the greater community at UW. Here are some of their offerings.
On-campus Wellness Resources
- Individual appointments: Same day appointments for students at immediate risk and scheduled appointments with counsellors.
- Walk-in appointments: Walk-in appointments can be up to 90-minutes long and you can discuss any immediate concerns that you have and find a solution-focused approach to help. Students new to Counselling Services or students who have been seen before are welcome to use these appointments.
- Seminars and workshops: Running every term. Topics include mindfulness, depression, anxiety, stress, and resiliency.
- Group Therapy: Available for a number of issues including anxiety, depression, and managing overwhelming emotions.
- Peer Health Education Team: A program that promotes positive health behaviours and lifestyle choices to support physical and mental wellness and academic success.
- How to Help a Friend: Helpful tips for how to support your friends in need.
- Mental Health Topics and Links: Additional resources and references from Campus Wellness.
- Campus Wellness Blog: Relevant and useful posts to support your wellbeing throughout your studies.
Health Services provides convenient, confidential and comprehensive medical care to all registered students at Waterloo. They work in coordination with other health-related services on campus and in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Please refer to the Campus Wellness News page for service delivery updates related to COVID-19.
Some services they offer include:
- Student Medical Clinic: The Student Medical Clinic offers health care visits with both male and female doctors and nurses. See website for hours of operation: https://uwaterloo.ca/campus-wellness/about-campus-wellness/hours.
- Travel Clinic: Whether you’re travelling for school or leisure, you want the right medical advice for your destination, activities, and health status. The travel experts at Health Services are physicians and nurses who offer complete pre and post-travel consultations to ensure a safe trip and problem-free return.
- Nutrition Services: Eating balanced meals at regular times is vital for both physical and mental wellbeing. Nutrition Services provides online resources to help students with healthy eating strategies and offers guidance on planning and preparing easy, affordable meals. Registered dietitian on staff for those referred by a Health Services Physician!
- StudentCare Health Care Coverage:
- Up to $4,000 for services provided by health care professionals, including…
- Mental health practitioners, massage therapists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, and many more
- 80% of prescription drugs costs covered with up to $12,500 to spend (per policy year: Sept. 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022.)
- For further details, please see StudentCare Health Coverage Website
- Up to $4,000 for services provided by health care professionals, including…
AccessAbility Services (AAS)
AccessAbility Services (AAS) assists with providing additional academic accommodations to students who experience functional limitations (such as mental health impacts) all the way to temporary or permanent disabilities – and anywhere in-between. AAS Staff will design and facilitate your academic accommodation plan by removing barriers and building your capacity for personal success. They work with you, your instructor, and others to ensure your accommodation plan is successfully implemented.
If you’re unsure if your particular situation warrants an accommodation, meet with them anyways! They are happy to discuss your circumstances and supports to assist you throughout your studies.
Peer Support Resources
Peer support services at the University of Waterloo are directed, funded, and/or supported by our various student societies (WUSA, EngSoc, GSA, etc.).
The Waterloo Engineering Society (EngSoc)
The following is a listing of some peer resources administered through EngSoc to support all UG Engineering students:
- Support for First-year students
- Opportunities to get involved with EngSoc
- Fees and finances
- Support with resumes and interviewing
- A Mental Health How-to guide for UW (PDF link)
- EngSoc Mental Health Awareness Team blog
- EngSoc Off-campus Resources bank
Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA)
The following is a listing of some peer resources available to all UW community members through WUSA:
- MATES: (Mentor Assistance Through Education and Support) is a one-to-one student peer support program offered by WUSA in consultation with Campus Wellness. MATES provides support to students who are hoping to build social skills, or are experiencing personal or academic concerns or low-level mental health and wellness difficulties.
RAISE: (Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity) serves to address racism and xenophobia on the UWaterloo campus with initiatives reflective of RAISE's three pillars of Education and Advocacy, Peer-to-Peer Support, and Community Building.
CAPS: (Centre for Academic Policy Support) is a confidential student support service run by students, for students. The CAPS Coordinator is trained to assist fellow Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals.
- The Women’s Centre: The Women's Centre aims to provide a female-positive and supportive environment on campus for all women and trans* folks. Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers that help create a safe space for everyone. They host workshops, events film screenings, and guest lectures to educate people on various issues within feminism including intersectional feminism and activism.
- The Glow Centre: Glow is the oldest continuously running queer and trans student organization in Canada. Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, it offers a wide variety of discussion groups, social events, advocacy opportunities, awareness campaigns, resources, and information.
- Student Legal Protection Program: To help UW students access free legal support, WUSA has partnered with Studentcare to provide legal advice on any subject and representation on issues relating to academic rights, co-op and employment, or housing and tenancy. This plan is designed specifically for students.
- And much more!
Additional and Urgent Support
- For on-campus emergencies, contact UW Police: 519-888-4567, ext. 22222
- Contact Counselling Services: 519-888-4096
- Contact Health Services: 519-888-4096
- Off-campus emergencies, dial '911' for emergency services
- Empower Me, Mental Health Resources (for UG and Grad students): 1-844-741-6389
- Good2Talk (confidential help line for post-secondary students) 1-866-925-5454
- Here24/7 (Waterloo Region Mental Health and Crisis Services Team) 1-844-437-3247
- BounceBack Ontario (referral / self-referral service)
- Togetherall (online anonymous peer support network)
- Grand River Hospital (24/7 emergency care for health emergencies in Waterloo Region) 519-749-4300 x 6880
- Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region: 519-741-8633
- Other emergency contacts: Mental health support resources when you need it, available within and outside of Canada.
If you're in need of more resources, or not sure who to connect with, please contact the ENGWellness Team.