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Mental Health Resources



On campus resources

MARCH 19, 2020 update:

During the campus closures, counsellors are still available for students. Please call 519-452-4282 or email counselling@nullfanshawec.ca. Fanshawe’s partnership with CMHA to offer the campus Crisis Support Service will be postponed until further notice. For immediate mental health support, students can contact Reach Out at 1-866-933-2023 or visit the 24/7 walk-in Crisis Centre located at 648 Huron Street, London, ON.

Counselling and Accessibility Services: Fanshawe offers counselling services which can be found on the main campus at Room F2010. According to the Fanshawe College Website, “Counsellors provide a confidential atmosphere where you can explore any topic or situation and discuss any concerns you may have”. There are specialists available to help with whatever area one may need counselling including, stress management, career guidance, substance abuse, dealing with loss, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, anger management, assault, school failure, suicide risk and relationship difficulties. They also offer traumatic event response. Hours of operation are Monday to Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More info can be found on the Counselling and Accessibility Services page on Fanshawe’s website or by phoning (519)-452-4282.

Fanshawe’s Library and Media Services: Fanshawe’s Library and Media Services offers a guide with quick links to community services and information resources in the areas of mental health and well-being. The guide is available at http://fanshawec.libguides.com/mentalhealthwellness

Community resources

Canadian Mental Health Association: CMHA Middlesex’s goals are to promote good mental health, prevent further illness, offer treatment, support recovery and provide mental health education in the communities of London, Middlesex, Exeter and Goderich. More information is available at https://cmhamiddlesex.ca/

ConnexOntario: Provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. Call 1-866-531-2600 or visit http://www.connexontario.ca

Good2Talk: According to the Good2Talk Website, “Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365”. Its primary focus is on ages 17 to 25 and they can be reached at 1-866-956-5454.

Kids Help Line: Free, anonymous counselling done via phone, text or live chat through their app or website. Get in touch with them at 1-800-668-6868 or https://kidshelpphone.ca

London Health Sciences Center (LHSC): LHSC houses a Mental Health Care Program that offers services for Eating Disorders, Adult Inpatient Mental Health Service, Centralized Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison, Coordinated Intake for Ambulatory Mental Health, General Adult Ambulatory Mental Health, Prevention & Early Intervention in Psychosis, Traumatic Stress and Urgent Consultation, among others. According to the LHSC website they “offer a wide range of programs which reflect the diversity of our clients…our main focus is excellence in patient care”. They also offer a 24 hour crisis hotline that can be reached at (519)-433-2023. More information can be found at www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/MHCP_Adult

Quick Access Mental Health Walk-In Clinic: This clinic is run by the Family Service Thames Valley (FSTV) organization and is open every Tuesday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. According to the FSTV website, services are “available for individuals, couples, and families looking for same-day single session therapy and counselling support.” Sessions are provided on a first-come, first-served basis so no appointment is necessary. Cost of sessions is based on income, making it an affordable option for everyone. More information can be found at https://www.familyservicethamesvalley.com/services/quick-access-mental-health-walk-in-clinic-2 or by phoning 519-433-0183.

Reach Out: According to ReachOut247.ca, “Reach Out is a confidential 24/7 information, support and crisis service for people living with mental health or addictions concerns in Elgin, Oxford, Middlesex and London”. They offer services that include a mobile crisis intervention team; emotional trauma, distress or relapse services; depression, self-harm or suicidal counselling; access to community supports and addictions treatment; counselling for Substance use, gaming, internet disorder and problem gambling; as well as other general information about mental health and addictions. Their online, confidential web chat can be found at ReachOut247.ca or you can call (519)-433-2023

Events

Fanshawe has a number of other events going on in and around campus that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive mental health.


Due to the closure of campuses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no FSU events scheduled at this time.

Interrobang Articles

Interrobang, the Fanshawe Student Union’s weekly newspaper routinely publishes articles focusing on the subject of mental health. Here are just a few of those articles:


Province launches new mental health strategy
The Ontario Government has launched their Roadmap to Wellness: A Plan to Build Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions Systems. Read more

Why care about self-care?
Take care of yourself, be kind to yourself and watch over yourself. Great words to live by in theory, but what is self-care and how do we actualize it in our own life? Read more

Borderline personality disorder: A tumultuous relationship filled with love (author’s perspective)
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the least talked about mental illnesses despite the complexity and commonality of it. Read more

Job hunting while living with a mental illness
At some point in everyone's life, they will be struck by a mind-consuming mental health problem. It could be minor, it could be life-altering, but everyone gets a dose. The question is whether or not you will let it control your life. Read more

Interrobang Podcast Season 1 Episode 1: Welcome to Blue Monday
For our first podcast episode, Interrobang interviewed Suzanne Book, director of Fanshawe's Counselling and Accessibility Services, to discuss what students can do to cope with mental health issues at this time of year. Read more

I must be dreaming: How I cope with dissociation
Imagine. You look in the mirror and you see yourself, you're looking into your eyes but at the same time, you’re just looking straight through. Read more

Student resources available on World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day raises awareness of mental health issues across the global community. Read more

How physical activity can improve your mental health
We've been told from a very young age that being physically active is an important habit to get into. It's no secret that living an active lifestyle is good for your overall health. Read more

Five tips to boost your mental health
Mental health is a complicated, confusing and different journey for everyone. Coping mechanisms differ from person to person, but general tips to improve your general mental health can prove useful. Read more

Books to help with your mental health
Reading fictional books can help you escape to a new world and focus on the characters' problems, while forgetting about your own for a second. Read more

VR as mental health therapy
Virtual reality (VR) is a unique experience where the player can feel like they are a part of a video game. Read more

Six tips for a happier, healthier mind
Life can be tough sometimes and college work does not make things easier. However, here are a few tips I used to keep my mind on track during my year at Fanshawe College. Read more

Get professional help for your mental health - even if you think you don't need it
After getting treated for my own issues tied to anxiety and depression through therapy, I can confirm getting help made a difference in returning to who I want to be. Read more

How to support your significant other if they are mentally ill
The prevalence of mental illnesses seems to be increasing more and more in today's society. Not only can it be difficult for the person with the mental illness to deal with, but also their boyfriend or girlfriend. Read more

An overuse of social media can lead to mental health problems and a lower quality of life
While social media is a good way to connect with friends and feel part of a community, it does have several negative effects in terms of mental health and the overall quality of life. Read more

Bathroom stall art raises mental health awareness
The Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) is using bathroom art to send messages of hope and positivity. Read more

How to cope with the holiday blues
Although the holidays are often deemed the most wonderful time of the year, some people do not feel the Christmas spirit like others do. Read more

Four coping mechanisms for anxiety
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, 12 per cent of Canadians experience anxiety each year and people age 15 to 24 are more likely to have a mental illness than any other age group. Read more

Six wellness apps to add to your devices
Wellness is a part of life that people may think they don't have time for. However, there is an app for everything including wellness. Read more

Mental health services in and around campus
Post-secondary schooling can be a difficult time for everyone, with assignments and classes that can pile up, causing stress or anxiety. Read more

What you should know about eating disorders
According to Statistics Canada, 725,800 to 1,088,700 Canadians meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder at any given time and the prevalence of full or partial eating disorders is two per cent in males and 4.8 per cent in females. Read more

Don't let homework take over your soul, mind and health
Homework can be stressful for students at times and it can feel like you have no control over your emotions once you get to that point. Read more

Weather changes and so does your mood: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Weather can influence the way people feel and perceive. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mental illness that occurs over a short period of time during the year. Read more

Drawing your way to a better future
With the rise of adult colouring books, many people are looking at non-medicinal forms of treating mental illnesses. One of the rising methods of treatment is art therapy, which combines fine arts and counseling psychology. Read more

My experience with antidepressants
For a little back story on my mental health, growing up I was known as a happy but shy kid. Read more

How social media isn't all bad for your mental health
Social media has had a huge impact on people's lives. From starting careers to creating friendships, social media does a lot of good. Read more

Mental Health: Are you in isolation?
Making the right choice doesn't always come easy, but if you listen to the word of God, the process of morality may be a bit clearer for you. Read more

Yoga: a way of life
Yoga, although misconceived as just a form of physical exercise that is too slow for a lot of people's liking, is a form of exercise that works towards not just achieving personal fitness goals, but also experiencing the movements and achieving. Read more

An unmentionable crisis: Suicide on campus
On Feb. 7, the Western Gazette reported that students at Western University voted overwhelmingly in support of prioritizing mental health over other on-campus concerns moving into the future. Read more

Mental illness: what you should know
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), approximately 10-20 per cent of youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder and roughly 49 per cent of people who believe to suffer from depression or anxiety have never visited a doctor about the issue. Read more

How to fight the stress monster
There is not one person in the world who hasn't experienced some sort of stress in their lifetime. With small amounts of stress, it can help you feel more awake, alert and concentrated. Read more

How to be a good friend to someone with a mental illness
When someone close to you has a mental illness, it can be hard to know what you can do to help and if there is anything you can do. A lot of people feel the pressure of making their friends feel better which can be a lot of responsibility for one person. Read more

Celebrities Help Breakdown The Stigma Against Mental illness
Mental illness is a stigma in society that can be broken down by the people we admire; celebrities. Most people know Johnny Depp from his role in Pirates of The Caribbean, but some may be surprised to learn that he actually suffers from social anxiety disorder (SAD). Read more


Motivational Messages

Click on/tap the thumbnails below to view motivational messages. These messages can also be found bathrooms located in the Student Centre and in the Student Union Building.

Do not just be yourself, be the best version of yourself
We believe survivors
You have survived every bad day so far
A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.
Big journeys begin with small steps.
Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it.
Failure is only the opportunity to start again only this time more wisely - Henry Ford
Life is tough darling, but so are you - Stephanie Bennette Henery
We are in this together
We all belong here we will...
You are confined by the walls you build yourself - Andrew Murphy
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