Mental Health

Everyone is responsible for workplace mental health. Do you know:

  • Where to find free online tools to assess your own mental health?
  • When and where to go for help?
  • How to implement self-care strategies when work is stressful?
  • Where to hear from real people who have experienced mental health issues at work?
  • Where to find those who can help in recovery and return to work?
  • How to support co-workers who are struggling?

Visit, and click Job-Specific Strategies > Employees for free tools and resources to help you with these questions and more.

Carleton University offers a variety of other Mental Health and Well-Being resources, including:

CU Mental Health and Well-Being

CU Workplace Mental Health

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health bannerAs Canada Life members, Carleton employees have access to great resources via the Canada Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. This online tool, accessible via the GroupNet website, provides easy access to free tools and resources that can help prevent, improve or address mental health issues in the workplace.

As part of the Healthy Workplace Plan, Carleton is looking at steps to further develop a culture of psychological safety and health through concrete, sustainable actions.

As a university, we all have a role to play in the health and well-being of our students. The Carleton University Student Mental Health Framework is an important addition to Carleton University’s efforts to promote positive mental health and assist students in realizing their potential. Its purpose is to facilitate a consistent and integrated approach to responding to Carleton students who are in distress.

Employee and Family Assistance Program

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential information counselling and referral service provided without cost to eligible Carleton University employees, and immediate family members. Carleton University provides this program through a contract with Family Services Ottawa.

Counselling services are available to help address a broad range of personal and work-related concerns, including personal crises, separation and loss, parenting issues, anxiety, substance abuse, eldercare and childcare, and more.

EFAP is also a great resource to help you:

  • Feel better about yourself and your situation, knowing you are working to create change
  • Experience improved relationships and better communication
  • Improve stress management
  • Work more effectively
  • Access professional and confidential assistance at no cost to you
  • Obtain assistance in locating community resources appropriate to your needs

The EFAP website offers information about the services available to you and your family along with tips and self-directed help on various health and wellness topics. Carleton employees can click here to get Carleton’s assigned group name and password to login to EFAP.

Make an Appointment: Family Services Ottawa is located at 312 Parkdale Avenue.  To make an appointment to speak with a counsellor, call 1-877-725-5676. Request the EFAP Coordinator and identify yourself as a Carleton University employee or family member. Your first appointment can usually be booked within 72 hours of your call.

Health and Counselling Services

Health and Counselling Services is your health and wellness centre on campus.

Professional Services Term/Contract employees, Faculty, Contract Instructors, post-doctorate fellows, researchers, and visitors (e.g. guest lecturers, athletes from visiting teams) can come to see the walk-in doctor for medical problems that are episodic in nature – a cold, an infection, an allergic reaction and so on.

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