Explore Student Support and Wellness Resources
Health and Counselling Services (HCS) provides students with a counselling service where they are able to do drop-ins or book appointments. They offer short term individual counselling and same-day counselling. For students who live on-campus, HCS also has counselling services specifically for students in residence, Residence Counselling and Wellness Service.
The Residence Counselling and Wellness Service is a satellite office of HCS. This office, located in 131 Renfrew Building, offers students counselling for any forms of distress they may be facing throughout their university careers, such as depression or anxiety. There are three licensed counselors available and residence students are able to visit drop-in hours or make appointments. This office is also home to the Wellness Space, a safe and respectful place, which offers students in residence the chance to relax and de-stress by providing many different activities, such as completing puzzles, light therapy, colouring and bracelet making.
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.
Mental Health and Well-Being Discover the tools and resources Carleton offers to help understand, manage, and improve your mental health and well-being while at university.
Therapy Dogs Sometimes you just need to spend some time with a happy, friendly dog to help melt your stress away. Our therapy dogs are here with their owners who are Carleton University staff and faculty, and they have all been trained and evaluated to become official Carleton Therapy Dog team members. Both the dog and the handler are here to comfort and provide support to help you thrive as a university student.
Learning and Physical Disabilities In January 1990, Carleton University opened the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) named after Paul Menton, the first Coordinator of the Program for the Disabled. Resources, workshops, exam accommodations, and extended time for assignment requests.
Study Skills The Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS) designs, develops and implements evidence-informed educational programs and services that are available to support all Carleton University students to have successful academic experiences.
Writing Services offers all Carleton students free one-on-one writing consultations. These sessions help students learn how to write for their unique disciplines of study. Students can meet with a writing consultant during drop-in hours on the 4th Floor of MacOdrum Library.
Ottawa Public Health provides a variety of resources to promote positive mental health. It is so important that we connect with and support each other and ourselves, especially during difficult times. To learn more about how to talk about mental health and support each other, check out our videos and activity guides at have That talk. If you are a youth or young adult and have questions about your health and want to learn healthy lifestyle tips, please visit the for youth by youth health website The Link Ottawa. If you are a caregiver, the Mental Health Caregiver Guide provides tips, tools and information to assist you or the person you care for on the journey to recovery. For more resources available in Ottawa, check out the Mental Health and Substance Use Resource List .
- Drugs and Alcohol Helpline: 1-866-531-2600
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service phone available 24/7: 1-833-456-4566
- Fem’aide: 1-877-336-2433
- Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6668 or text CONNECT to 686868
- Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914
- Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region: 613-238-3311
- Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre: 613-562-2333
- Tel-Aide Outaouais: 613-741-6433
- Trans Life Line: 1-877-330-6366