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Health and wellness

To do well, you need to be well. The University of Ottawa wants to support your overall wellness, from mental health to physical health and everything in-between.
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In this Together on World Mental Health Day

On October 6, 2022, The Royal, supported by the Royal Bank of Canada and in collaboration with Ottawa’s universities and colleges, is hosting a special event in advance of World Mental Health Day. This event has been thoughtfully designed for post-secondary students, as well as the staff and faculty who support them. This FREE event experience will feature dynamic expert speakers on all things mental health. Speakers will include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, individuals with lived expertise, and more. A variety of fun activities, virtual booths and prizes will be offered throughout the day!
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Success and Wellness Seminar

Start the academic year on a good note with a one-hour seminar on wellness! This session is highly recommended for all new students, and you could win an iPad!

Immediate support

If you are in distress or in a crisis, there are several resources available (by phone or online) on the Mental Health and Wellness website.
For emergencies on campus: 613-562-5411.
For emergencies off-campus: 9-1-1.
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Chat with us

Monday to Sunday - from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you need to talk to someone, you can chat with a peer who can help and provide support based on your needs. The chat function on this website (in the bottom right corner) is a great way to get quick support and resources, but it does not replace a session.

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New Student Health and Wellness Centre

To help you reach your full potential, the University offers on-campus physical and mental health services. You have access to the NEW Student Health and Wellness Centre, focused on prevention, physical and mental health, as well as health promotion. This Centre is open exclusively to University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University students.
Your wellness journey starts here!

Upcoming wellness activities

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Sep 22 to Dec 22

Mindful Roads

Do you feel like you spend too much time looking at a screen? Participating in a mindfulness walk will allow you to spend time outside to connect with…
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Sep 21 to Dec 7

Wellness Workshop Series

Set aside time to check in with your mind and body. Drop-in to our wellness-themed workshops.
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HIV Testing
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Oct 5 to Dec 21

HIV Testing

Understanding your sexual health is an important part of your overall health and wellness.

Visit the Wellness Lounge

Centrally located in the Jock Turcot University Centre, the Wellness Lounge is a space where students can take a break, hang out with friends, play games, and get help from peers.

You can also book two wellness-themed study rooms to help you focus: a plant room and a light therapy room.

Jock Turcot University Centre, second floor, room 203

Learn more about the Wellness Lounge
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Progress Report on Mental Health and Wellness 2020-2021

At the end of her mandate, Dr. Kristjansson will have played a key role in supporting mental health and wellness priorities.
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15 tips to turn stress into success

Get ahead of stress with these helpful tips to be more productive!

Your mental health is an integral part of your overall wellness. You could decide to seek help for many reasons, including:

  • Homesickness
  • Relationship breakup
  • Serious illness or death of a family member
  • Academic or financial stress
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Etc.

Remember: your reasons are valid, whatever they are, and we are here to support you.

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If you have immediate safety concerns, please seek emergency supports.

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Contact us

Contact us by email

613-562-5800 ext. 4372

Chat with us

Monday to Sunday - from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Wellness Lounge 

Jock Turcot University Centre, room 203 

Monday to Friday - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.