The Graduate Peer Support Program (GPSP) is for Carleton graduate students who are facing personal or academic difficulties or who want to maintain wellness as they face the challenges of graduate school. It is a combined effort of the Graduate Students’ Association, CUPE 4600, the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, and Health and Counselling Services.

This program addresses such topics as:

  • Mental health and wellness;
  • Graduate life; and
  • Sexual and gendered violence

To learn more, please contact our Peer Support Program Coordinator, Khalela Bell, at


Calendar of Upcoming Wellness-Related Events at Carleton (including GPSP events)

Health and Counselling Services

The Graduate Peer Support Program does not provide professional counselling. If you would like to make an appointment with a counsellor, please contact Health and Counselling Services. Alisa McClain is our grad-focused counsellor.

If the issue feels urgent, you can visit Health and Counselling Services (2600 CTTC) in person at 10:45 a.m. or after, Monday through Friday, and request a same-day appointment. Grad students can request to be placed with the grad counsellor, though they may be placed with a different counsellor depending on available spots. For information on Residence counselling, click here.

The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives provides support services for indigenous students, such as First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Carleton has counselors that are indigenous and have specifically worked with different indigenous communities. Recently, Carleton welcomed a new indigenous counselor, Staci Loiselle, to help support and counsel indigenous students. The counselling services are free and can be done through drop-ins or booked appointments.

Other Services

TAO Self-Help is an online mental health resource that offers many different therapeutic online activities. TAO provides self-directed modules and practice tools to help students learn positive skills for personal growth. Students are also able to conference with counselors over video through this resource.

Good2Talk is a free professional support and counselling service via the telephone that offers Ontario post-secondary students a safe place to share their stresses and concerns anonymously and receive treatment and comfort. It is available 24/7 and they can support students who are experiencing issues like academic stress, anxiety, relationship struggles, employment or financial challenges, substance use, abuse, panic or crisis and suicidal thoughts.