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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

Single session supports

What we offer

Student Mental Health Services offers professional one-on-one mental health support for students at Ontario Tech University.  If you would like to connect with a member of our team, you can:

  • Book an intake session with our Student Wellness Coordinator to get started.  She will assess your needs and make appropriate recommendations such as self-help resources, peer support, a mental health workshop or counselling.
  • Book a 45 minute drop-in appointment if you are having a rough day and are in emotional distress.  A counsellor can help with grounding, emotional regulation and problem solving techniques.

Intake Appointments

  • An email reminder will be sent to your ontariotechu.net email address. 
  • Kindly fill out our intake and confidentiality forms prior to your appointment.
  • Intake appointments with our Student Wellness Coordinator are approximately 50 minutes in length.
  • This initial meeting will determine the best services to meet your needs.

What to expect:

  1. When you call or email Student LifeLine, or fill out our online referral form, one of our Student Information Assistants (SIAs) will offer you an intake appointment.  Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  2. Kindly fill out and return the forms that are sent to you, and let us know if you’d prefer a telephone or Google Meet video appointment.
  3. When it’s time for your appointment, our Student Wellness Coordinator (SWC) will contact you using the communication method you have indicated (Google Meet or telephone).
  4. At the beginning of your session, our SWC will review our confidentiality and privacy guidelines.
  5. After reviewing the guidelines, our SWC will ask you about your concerns and make recommendations for resources and/or treatment based on the challenges you are having. 
  6. Where appropriate, our SWC will follow up with you to ensure the recommendations were helpful.

Drop-in Sessions

  • If you are experiencing emotional distress during business hours, call or email the Student LifeLine: 905.721.3392 or studentlifeline@ontariotechu.ca.
  • Drop-in sessions are shorter appointments focussed on your current distress.
  • There are some days that the drop-in appointments may not be available due to staff training, events, meetings or other circumstances.  

What to expect:

  1. When you call or email Student LifeLine, let our Student Information Assistant (SIA) know that you would like a drop-in appointment.
  2. The SIA will look to see which counsellor is available for a drop-in session today.
  3. The SIA will ask whether you would like to meet your counsellor through Google Meet video conferencing or telephone.
  4. If you are new to Student Mental Health Services the SIA will email you some intake forms to fill out and return. 
  5. Your counsellor will connect with you at your appointment time, using the communication method you have selected.

Book an appointment

Confidentiality

Your information is protected and confidential. Unless required by law, anything discussed in counselling remains confidential. Parents, professors, administrators and others are not provided with any information regarding a student in counselling.

Please be aware that there are exceptions to this rule; there are circumstances in which counsellors are legally obligated to break confidentiality. See our Confidentiality Statement and our Privacy Guide to learn more.  

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