McMaster Student Wellness Centre

McMaster Student Wellness Centre Counselling - Medical Services - Wellness Education The Student Wellness Centre provides services that will enhance your personal and academic success during your time at McMaster.
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Staffed by highly qualified service providers(family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, wellness educators) with a special interest in university students, we provide student-centred, accessible, confidential, and caring services for you.

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Stay-at-home orders have helped many 2SLGBTQIA+ people find refuge and freedom to explore and experiment with their iden...
06/17/2021

Stay-at-home orders have helped many 2SLGBTQIA+ people find refuge and freedom to explore and experiment with their identity and expression, without worrying about what anyone else thinks. Swipe right to learn about how life at home has helped people explore and affirm their 2SLGBTQIA+ identities. #Pride #2SLGBTQIA #MentalHealth #PrideMonth #Counselling

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many 2SLGBTQIA+ students to move back in with non-affirming family members. To protect the...
06/17/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many 2SLGBTQIA+ students to move back in with non-affirming family members. To protect themselves at home, many of these students are not fully sharing or expressing their identities. As a result, they are facing mental health challenges. Swipe through to learn more, and access a list of coping strategies and mental health resources.
#Pride #2SLGBTQIA #MentalHealth #PrideMonth #Counselling

06/16/2021

Save the date for the SWC’s upcoming Pride social! 🌈 It will take place virtually on June 30th. ⏰Stay tuned for more information! 👀

#Pride #PrideMonth #Virtual #Social #SaveTheDate #2SLGBTQIA

Hey McMaster! Do YOU want to stay active 🏃‍♂️, but are done with just walking everywhere? 🤷‍♀️ The SWC has you covered w...
06/14/2021

Hey McMaster! Do YOU want to stay active 🏃‍♂️, but are done with just walking everywhere? 🤷‍♀️ The SWC has you covered with a whopping ✨25✨ creative ways to stay active! We sneak peek 5 in this post... if you want to read the rest, check out our new full article on the SWC website!
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Link to full article:
https://wellness.mcmaster.ca/25-ways-to-get-active-aside-from-walking/
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#ActiveLiving #Active #HealthyLiving #Wellness #PhysicalActivity

Finding a counsellor as an 2SLGBTQIA+ person can be challenging. You may not feel understood or respected by some mental...
06/10/2021

Finding a counsellor as an 2SLGBTQIA+ person can be challenging. You may not feel understood or respected by some mental health providers. Finding the right fit for you might take some effort and time, but it's worth it if you're seeking the support you need. Swipe to read some tips. #pride #counselling #therapist #pridemonth #pridemonth2021

The SWC has not screened any of the services listed within this post. Be sure to do your own research before booking with a counsellor.

Reference: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/find-lgbtq-ally-health-provider

Two-Spirit people have faced many harms rooted in colonialism, and yet they continue to advocate for their rights and in...
06/09/2021

Two-Spirit people have faced many harms rooted in colonialism, and yet they continue to advocate for their rights and inclusion. Non-Indigenous people, including LGBTQIA+ folks, have a role in supporting Two-Spirit people. Swipe through to learn more about the history of this term, the experiences of Two-Spirit people, and ways to support them.

#TwoSpirit #IndigenousHistoryMonth #Pride #PrideMonth #PrideMonth2021

Yesterday, our community was shaken as we heard the news of yet another act of hate that has taken the lives of four mem...
06/08/2021

Yesterday, our community was shaken as we heard the news of yet another act of hate that has taken the lives of four members of a Muslim family, and forever changed the life of their surviving youngest family member.

This is the latest in a long chain of painful tragedies for our Muslim community and racialized communities. We have barely had the time to catch our breath from grieving the last piece of devastating news.

The Student Wellness Centre encourages everyone to take time to rest and prioritize your well-being. In these times when many may be feeling unsafe and unsupported, know that you deserve peace. Allow yourself to feel whatever you may be feeling, take breaks from the news and social media if you need to, and remember that you are not alone.

Resources for students who may be distressed by the news:

• Naseeha (Muslim youth helpline) 1-866-627-3342 (available everyday between 12pm-12am EST, 9am-9pm PST, by phone or text)

• SWC’s BIPOC Resiliency & Peer Support group (to register & find more info, visit https://wellness.mcmaster.ca/program/bipoc-resilience-and-peer-support/)

• SWC counselling: call 905-525-9140 x27700 between 9am-5pm Mon-Fri to book an appointment (for students in Ontario)

• Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454 (available 24/7, for undergrad students in Ontario)

• EmpowerMe: Visit https://gsa.mcmaster.ca/services/empower-me/ to find the helpline number in your location (available 24/7, for all local and overseas grad students, multilingual)

• RealCampus: 1-877-390-7325 (available 24/7, for all local and overseas undergrad students, multilingual)

Finding the words to affirm our partners during intimate moments without guidance is complicated. Asking them is simple....
06/03/2021

Finding the words to affirm our partners during intimate moments without guidance is complicated.

Asking them is simple.

It might feel awkward at first, however, starting the conversation about language is worth it if it means you and your partner(s) will feel supported.

#pride #labels #intimacy #communication #pridemonth #lgbtqia2splus #queer #healthyrelationship #mac #swc #studentwellness

The Student Wellness Centre stands in solidarity with the Indigenous community as we honour and mourn the loss of 215 In...
06/02/2021

The Student Wellness Centre stands in solidarity with the Indigenous community as we honour and mourn the loss of 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc land at the former Kamloops Residential School.
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This statement, and the resources shared within, draw from statements by the Indigenous Health Learning Lodge, and @Macindigenous, added to by our SWC team.
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To find more information about the SWC’s BIPOC Resilience & Peer Support group, you can visit wellness.mcmaster.ca/program/bipoc-resilience-and-peer-support/ .
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Read the Truth and Reconciliation Report, 2015 (http://www.trc.ca/about-us/trc-findings.html)

Read the Press Statement by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Rosanne Casimir (https://tkemlups.ca/remains-of-children-of-kamloops-residential-school-discovered/)

Read the Statement by the McMaster Indigenous Studies Program (https://socialsciences.mcmaster.ca/indigenous/news/community-statement-kamloops-indian-residential-school?fbclid=IwAR0LvUksprEw5a9a0fYztanL5rXHfIk1RiwOTdDP7lPZYKpEoMgOiSW9Obs)

Read the Statement by the Indigenous Health Learning Lodge (https://bit.ly/3wLzZs4)

Read the Statement by McMaster University (https://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/articles/mourning-an-unfathomable-loss/)

Engage with the Settlers Take Action initiative: (https://oncanadaproject.ca/settlerstakeaction)
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Other resources:
Equity and Inclusion Office ([email protected])

Employee and Family Assistance Plan via Homewood Health (www.homeweb.ca)
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#everychildmatters #residentialschools #residentialschool #takecaremac

06/01/2021

If you are an international student here at McMaster, you can get
vaccinated in Ontario. However, you must be eligible within your
public health unit. To learn whether you are eligible or to book a
vaccine appointment., visit covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.
Learn more at wellness.mcmaster.ca/covid-19.

Mourning an unfathomable loss
05/31/2021
Mourning an unfathomable loss

Mourning an unfathomable loss

Let us pause to collectively pay our respects and join in mourning the profound loss experienced by all Indigenous peoples and felt across diverse communities at McMaster and across nations.

What have you planned for your summer break? How does some home gardening sound? 🌞🌱#HomeGardening is beneficial for the ...
05/28/2021

What have you planned for your summer break? How does some home gardening sound? 🌞🌱

#HomeGardening is beneficial for the environment, as well as your physical and mental health. And it’s super easy to get started! Swipe through to learn more.

Popular opinion: SPF is as important as having a great time on the beach!Swipe through for some tips on how you can enjo...
05/19/2021

Popular opinion: SPF is as important as having a great time on the beach!
Swipe through for some tips on how you can enjoy the sun properly this summer with the right sunscreen.

05/18/2021

It’s important to protect yourself and others from the potential complications from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, regardless of your age. Young people are more likely to contract and transmit the virus because they encounter more people at their employment or educational settings. #StaySafeMac

To learn more, visit wellness.mcmaster.ca/covid-19

Advocating getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can be challenging. The steps listed here may help to prevent you from fa...
05/17/2021

Advocating getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can be challenging. The steps listed here may help to prevent you from falling into the pitfalls of many conversations that take place with people who are vaccine hesitant. Navigating vaccine information online can be confusing, enter the conversation with curiosity and empathy.

Visit the vaccine FAQ on wellness.mcmaster.ca/covid-19 to find answers to many of the common reasons that individuals may be hesitant to get the vaccine.

To register please complete this MS Forms Doc.If you have any questions please contact Heidi Mitchell by email: mitche@m...
05/12/2021

To register please complete this MS Forms Doc.

If you have any questions please contact Heidi Mitchell by email: [email protected]

The SWC is here to support you throughout the summer in cultivating great physical and mental health, call us to book an...
05/10/2021

The SWC is here to support you throughout the summer in cultivating great physical and mental health, call us to book an appointment. For more information, please visit the SWC website (Link in Bio).

The SWC is here to support you throughout the summer in cultivating great physical and mental health, call us to book an appointment. For more information, please visit the SWC website (Link in Bio).

A drop-in group for students to learn new skills and approaches to promote self care and wellness.  Click the link to re...
05/07/2021

A drop-in group for students to learn new skills and approaches to promote self care and wellness. Click the link to register! http://ow.ly/RMH850EHu35

A drop-in group for students to learn new skills and approaches to promote self care and wellness. Click the link to register! http://ow.ly/RMH850EHu35

It’s almost been a week since exams were over! No matter what the results are, we’re so proud of you for getting through...
05/06/2021

It’s almost been a week since exams were over! No matter what the results are, we’re so proud of you for getting through this semester strong!

It’s almost been a week since exams were over! No matter what the results are, we’re so proud of you for getting through this semester strong!

Looking to volunteer this summer? Check out the Open Circle Volunteer Fair! Happening May 4 between 5:30PM-7:00PM at ope...
04/28/2021

Looking to volunteer this summer? Check out the Open Circle Volunteer Fair! Happening May 4 between 5:30PM-7:00PM at opencircle.mcmaster.ca/volunteer

Looking to volunteer this summer? Check out the Open Circle Volunteer Fair! Happening May 4 between 5:30PM-7:00PM at opencircle.mcmaster.ca/volunteer

Some tips for reducing stress levels during exam season are trying to avoid stressors and develop healthy habits that ca...
04/21/2021

Some tips for reducing stress levels during exam season are trying to avoid stressors and develop healthy habits that can offer you comfort. This week we are discussing ways to reduce stress and prioritize your well-being during exams.

Today's the last day to sign up for our Exam Wellness Challenge! Sign up for a chance to win 1 of 3 $25 gift cards! Regi...
04/14/2021

Today's the last day to sign up for our Exam Wellness Challenge! Sign up for a chance to win 1 of 3 $25 gift cards! Register here: http://ow.ly/9enB50Enrrr

Ontario entered another State of Emergency on April 8th 2021 due to COVID-19. Please remember to stay at home as much as...
04/13/2021

Ontario entered another State of Emergency on April 8th 2021 due to COVID-19. Please remember to stay at home as much as possible and only make trips to campus when absolutely necessary.

https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/what-you-need-to-know-as-ontario-declares-state-of-emergency-april-8-2021/

Ontario entered another State of Emergency on April 8th 2021 due to COVID-19. Please remember to stay at home as much as possible and only make trips to campus when absolutely necessary.

https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/what-you-need-to-know-as-ontario-declares-state-of-emergency-april-8-2021/

Attention students! We're hiring a Communications Assistant! If you have a passion for health, wellness, and creativity,...
04/12/2021

Attention students! We're hiring a Communications Assistant! If you have a passion for health, wellness, and creativity, we want you to work with us full-time over the summer. Apply on Mosaic before April 18th! Job ID: 36445

Attention students! We're hiring a Communications Assistant! If you have a passion for health, wellness, and creativity, we want you to work with us full-time over the summer. Apply on Mosaic before April 18th! Job ID: 36445

With exam season approaching, it's easy to forget about your wellness and spend all of your time studying. We challenge ...
04/08/2021

With exam season approaching, it's easy to forget about your wellness and spend all of your time studying. We challenge you to make time for your mental, spiritual, and physical health with our Exam Wellness Challenge!

Sign up for one of three wellness challenges: mental health, mindfulness, or active living! Participants will be sent a challenge on their selected topic to follow during the exam period, as well as have a chance to win 1 of 3 $25 gift cards!

https://forms.office.com/r/vjvdzMkkvm

Want to read about your classmates’ embarrassing sexual experiences to normalize the weirdness of sex? Interested to see...
04/07/2021

Want to read about your classmates’ embarrassing sexual experiences to normalize the weirdness of sex? Interested to see if anyone struggles with the same insecurities as you? Want to hear how other students are managing their sex lives during the pandemic? Well, you’ve come by the right post!

The Sexual Health Team asked McMaster students to tell us about their sex lives and intimate stories, and we’ve packaged them up for you to appreciate! You can access your peers' submissions here:
https://wellness.mcmaster.ca/topics/sexual-health/

If you are interested in winning a rock salt lamp, a set of various scented massage oils, or a set of candles here’s how you can enter our giveaway! There are 3 ways to enter and 3 winners, and each method of entry will give you an extra chance to win!

1) Tag 2 friends in on our recent “Wow, Same.” Instagram post.
instagram.com/McMasterSWC

2) Share one of our “Wow, Same.” Instagram stories or the Instagram post.

3) Fill out the post-survey attached at the end of one of the Wow, Same booklets (accessible at the link above).

Thank you for all the submissions, read throughs, and entries to our giveaway! Happy reading!

Want to read about your classmates’ embarrassing sexual experiences to normalize the weirdness of sex? Interested to see if anyone struggles with the same insecurities as you? Want to hear how other students are managing their sex lives during the pandemic? Well, you’ve come by the right post!

The Sexual Health Team asked McMaster students to tell us about their sex lives and intimate stories, and we’ve packaged them up for you to appreciate! You can access your peers' submissions here:
https://wellness.mcmaster.ca/topics/sexual-health/

If you are interested in winning a rock salt lamp, a set of various scented massage oils, or a set of candles here’s how you can enter our giveaway! There are 3 ways to enter and 3 winners, and each method of entry will give you an extra chance to win!

1) Tag 2 friends in on our recent “Wow, Same.” Instagram post.
instagram.com/McMasterSWC

2) Share one of our “Wow, Same.” Instagram stories or the Instagram post.

3) Fill out the post-survey attached at the end of one of the Wow, Same booklets (accessible at the link above).

Thank you for all the submissions, read throughs, and entries to our giveaway! Happy reading!

Write a letter of advice to the incoming McMaster students about life, school, and changes you've faced since the COVID-...
04/05/2021

Write a letter of advice to the incoming McMaster students about life, school, and changes you've faced since the COVID-19 lifestyle began. Click here to submit: http://ow.ly/gB6L50EgTMW

Write a letter of advice to the incoming McMaster students about life, school, and changes you've faced since the COVID-19 lifestyle began. Click here to submit: http://ow.ly/gB6L50EgTMW

Mental Health and Well-being at Mac – Moving Forward Together We want to ensure that we hear your voice in the planning ...
03/31/2021

Mental Health and Well-being at Mac – Moving Forward Together

We want to ensure that we hear your voice in the planning for programming created for you by you!

The new McMaster Peer to Peer Wellbeing Learning Hub, hosted by Student Accessibility Services (SAS), offers free informative and interactive courses created by students for students.

We believe that the pursuit of well-being is a journey that can lead us to many meaningful experiences and connections throughout our lives.

Our community values the importance of equity, diverse voices and a safe space to share one's experiences.

Together, we develop courses with individuals who have lived and professional experiences of loneliness, mental health difficulties or building resilience.

Your responses will help inform the development of these courses. To share your feedback please complete this Google Docs Form.

If you are interested in participating in developing courses, we would like to invite you to participate in a one-hour co-design session on April 7, 2021 at 6:00pm with other students from your school.

Please contact Holly Harris by email: [email protected] by April 1, 2021, if you would like to participate.

Mental Health and Well-being at Mac – Moving Forward Together

We want to ensure that we hear your voice in the planning for programming created for you by you!

The new McMaster Peer to Peer Wellbeing Learning Hub, hosted by Student Accessibility Services (SAS), offers free informative and interactive courses created by students for students.

We believe that the pursuit of well-being is a journey that can lead us to many meaningful experiences and connections throughout our lives.

Our community values the importance of equity, diverse voices and a safe space to share one's experiences.

Together, we develop courses with individuals who have lived and professional experiences of loneliness, mental health difficulties or building resilience.

Your responses will help inform the development of these courses. To share your feedback please complete this Google Docs Form.

If you are interested in participating in developing courses, we would like to invite you to participate in a one-hour co-design session on April 7, 2021 at 6:00pm with other students from your school.

Please contact Holly Harris by email: [email protected] by April 1, 2021, if you would like to participate.

Address

PGCLL 201/210, 1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4L8

General information

Visit us at MUSC B101 (medical and counselling) and MUSC B118 (wellness education and lounge space)

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 7:45pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 7:45pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:45pm
Thursday 8:30am - 7:45pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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