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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Mental Health Groups

Student Mental Health Services offers a range of groups and workshops to support your mental health. If you would like to participate in one or more groups, please click the respective button and complete the interest form. Each group will only run if sufficient interest is demonstrated. 

 


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Group

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills group provides support in the areas of emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness. Sessions are conducted virtually on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. Students may register for any of the three modules or for the full 24 week cycle. If you have questions about the DBT skills group, or you’d like to join, please email studentlifeline@ontariotechu.ca.


Depression Support Group

Virtual on Mondays from January 15 to March 4 |  2 to 3:30 p.m. 

Are you feeling sad, isolated, unmotivated or living with extended periods of low mood? You are not alone. Register for the Depression Support Group to connect with other students who share these struggles and to learn coping strategies for improving your mood and quality of life.

Please note: Registration for the Depression Support Group is now closed.


Elevate Connections Journey

Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. | Online

Join this six-week support group crafted to uplift and empower you in your quest to overcome loneliness. You will engage in lively activities, share stories and acquire practical tools to enrich your social connections.

February 27: Understanding loneliness

March 5: Exploring social connections

March 12: Building meaningful connections

March 19: Addressing self-esteem and loneliness

March 26: Social skills and loneliness

April 2: Reflecting on progress and moving forward

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Yoga, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Group

Join virtually or in person at the South Village Residence on Thursdays from January 25 to March 28 | 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Yoga, mindfulness and self-compassion are all evidence-based approaches for improving our sense of peace and well-being. Please join us for this delightful group that includes gentle movement, inspired learning and soothing meditation.

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Recovery College

Ontario Tech has partnered with the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences since 2020 to bring the Recovery College model of student-driven mental health support to our students. Recovery College courses are co-designed and co-facilitated by Ontario Tech students.  These courses provide education about mental health and wellness and empower students to discover or rediscover connection, passion, hope and meaning.

For more information visit our Health Promotions events page.


Weekly Meal Support Group - One Meal at a Time 

Weekly on Tuesdays from January 9 to April 23 | Virtually from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is designed for those experiencing distress around eating across a range of experiencesfrom past and current disordered eating to eating disorders diagnoseswhere healing your relationship with food is the ultimate goal. Join Michelle Pitman, RSW, Eating Disorders Psychotherapist and Lori Brownson, RPN, Mental Health and Wellness Navigator. In this support group, we use the power of social connection to make mealtime less stressful and get through one meal at a time, together.

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