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Student Wellness

Mental & emotional wellness

Mental health matters

When you are a student, academic life can take a toll on your mental and emotional health. Mental and emotional health is not linear. Some days can feel great, but others can be challenging. The mental health resources below guide and support students to find and maintain resilience to thrive in their academic environment. Our online resources include skills, tools, and knowledge to increase mental health and emotional literacy.

Minority stress

Social and political factors can contribute to greater stress and anxiety. These “social determinants of health” refer to people who experience health inequity in certain areas of life including education, food security, income, employment, housing, and physical and mental abilities. These experiences are often held by minority communities or marginalized groups, including gender and sexual minority groups, visible minorities, disability members, and Indigenous peoples. 

Remember, students can hold many intersecting social and political identities, impacting their health and wellness journey. Discrimination, racism, and marginalization need to be addressed. If you're a UFV student impacted by these experiences, let us offer you support. 


1 in 7 youth in Canada
have suicidal thoughts. Suicide is the leading health-related cause of death for young people in Canada. 

Young people aged 15 to 24
are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.

In a given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness.
Youth have experienced the greatest decline since the pandemic. 


Resource pages


Managing stress & anxiety

What steps can you take to manage your stress levels so you're able to thrive even when student life is overwhelming? When should you seek out extra help?

Stress & anxiety resource page


Sadness & depression

It's normal and healthy to feel sad or low sometimes, but sometimes negative thoughts and feelings start to feel constant and begin to affect how we function.

Sadness & depression resource page


Healthy body image

Insights on keeping our relationship with food and body image healthy & positive.

Healthy body image resource page

Please note that this website does not constitute, and should not be interpreted as, medical advice, diagnosis, or opinion. This website is for informational purposes only and is not guaranteed to be accurate, complete, reliable, or error-free. This website is not intended as a tool for self-diagnosis, is not a recommendation of a specific treatment plan or healthcare provider, and is not a substitute for proper medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek a consultation with a qualified medical or health professional.

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