Mental Health

Students on the Mental Health team posing on a Zoom call

Mental Health Team 2020-2021

Mental health and wellness is a top priority at uOttawa and our Health Promotion team is here to help. We offer a variety of programs, services and peer-to-peer support for students on campus, helping you navigate your needs and what are the best channels for you upon seeking help. We focus on preventative actions relating to self-care, reducing stigma, helping you seek help early, and many more.

For more information on mental health, contact our mental health – Health Promotion Specialist at


COVID-19 and Mental Health

  • Having a wind-down and morning routine, such as yoga, mindfulness, puzzles, herbal teas, can help clear your mind and motivate you
  • Try not to keep your worries and fears bottled up. Talk about them to people you trust, or reach out to your local mental health helpline
  • These times can feel lonely, but that doesn't mean you're alone. Try making a list of safe people you can reach out to. It can also help to schedule in social time to keep you from becoming too isolated
  • If you're feeling overwhelmed by everything going on, try to stop what you're doing and focus on your breathing. Download an app like aware for free guided breathing exercises.

Mental Health Resources

  • Student Academic Success Services (SASS): SASS is a free network of services and programs designed to give you the tools and information you need to succeed from your first day on campus until you receive your diploma and go out into the world to pursue your dreams.
  • The Link Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health’s initiative for youth by youth, has a variety of mental health resources to help young adults learn about their health and how to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians.As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA helps people access the community-based resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness in their own communities.
  • Good2Talk: Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.


  • TAO (Therapy Assistance Online): TAO is an online platform of tools and interactive modules that can help you manage the many stressors that come with university life and can help you bounce back from challenging times.
  • Healthy minds: HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus.
  • thinkFull: thinkFull is an app powered by a rich library of life tips to help you relieve stress, solve problems and live well. 
  • Managing your stress & anxiety during COVID-19: an app by CAMH where you can access the same helpful content to manage your stress and anxiety during COVID-19.
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