Healthy Living Resources for Brock University Students

Helpful ways to manage stress with yoga

If you're experiencing high levels of stress, you'll be relieved to know that there are simple and effective stress management techniques available. Let's take a closer look at yoga, and how it fits into your stress-relief toolkit.

Let's talk: mental health myths

When you think of someone with a mental illness, what type of person do you think of? Is it someone that has “completely lost it”, or someone you believe to be weak and who can’t “keep it together”? Despite a general increase in mental health awareness, these perceptions still have a strong hold on us. The best way to bring about change in attitudes is to break mental myths that force us to live up to being the Super student, friend or child - all the time.

Why do I get depressed? How can I stop it?

Exactly what causes depression really isn’t completely understood. Any of a combination of factors can lead to depression: personal or family history of depression; hormonal changes; an underlying illness; a profound loss; and/or prolonged distress, such has a poor relationship. Any of these can trigger an episode of depression. The good news is that help is available and most people recover from depression.

Do I worry too much? Am I too anxious and is this normal?

We all know the feeling. Before an exam, a big presentation, even a first date: your heart beats faster, you’re thirstier than usual, and the butterflies in your stomach won’t settle down. Sometimes these sensations are great — after all, nervousness and excitement can be hard to tell apart — but it’s when worry and anxiety begin to take over your life that you may need to pay closer attention, and even seek help.

The psychological effects of being unfriended online

As much as our online relationships enrich our lives, they can also cause emotional pain when we’re unceremoniously “unfriended”. If you’ve felt upset or insulted when someone has unfriended you on a social media site, you’re not alone.

Supporting someone with anxiety

It's estimated that one in four people suffer from anxiety at some time in their lives. If you know someone affected by this condition, you're certainly not alone.

Relationship repair: recognizing and managing an unhealthy relationship

Nothing can match the optimism, excitement and “swept off your feet” rush you feel at the beginning of a new romantic relationship. With mutual respect, open and honest communication and positive shared experiences, these feelings can continue into a life-long, rewarding partnership. Sometimes, though, excitement, hopes and ideals about the other person can cloud your judgement and get in the way of recognizing and addressing what may be an unhealthy relationship.

Don’t worry. Be happy: making new friends at university

Most students are anxious about making friends when they first move into residence. I personally didn’t sleep the night before I moved in. Fortunately, I quickly realized that there was really no need to worry at all. Now I share a residence building with eight hundred students just like myself, all wanting to meet new people and make new friends.

Single and loving it!

People may choose to remain single for any of a number of reasons: maybe hobbies, and friends are where you want to focus your passion; maybe you’ve been in relationships, before and their conclusion led you to a different understanding of how you see your future; or it could be you haven’t met quite the perfect person and don’t want to settle for anything less just for the sake of not being a party of one.

When friendships no longer work

We have endless ways of talking about and understanding romantic breakups. Because most love relationships and marriages are monogamous, it is necessary for one to end for another to begin. This means that there’s a lot of attention paid to how to break up, and how to manage the emotional pain at the end of relationships.

How to manage your parents while away at university

Staying in touch with your parents while you’re away at university is important, but you need to come to a compromise, set boundaries and understand expectations. According to a recent study published in Springer’s Journal of Child and Family Studies, “college students with over-controlling parents are more likely to be depressed and less satisfied with their lives.”

Dealing with loneliness

It can come as a sense of emptiness: of feeling disconnected, alone even in a crowd. Often, it's accompanied by sadness, resentment or anxiety. New situations can trigger loneliness: a move to a new city or country or a break-up with a partner. On the other hand, loneliness can creep in when relationships and situations become repetitive or routine. Boredom and loneliness frequently go hand in hand.

Constructing confidence: building belief in yourself and your abilities

We all know and envy those people who seem to ooze confidence. They look good, hold their head up high and succeed at everything they set out to do. However, behind that confidence is probably some conscious effort. On the other hand, there are those who don’t have a drop of self-doubt but for most of us, confidence is something we learn and build upon.

Moving out on your own

Moving out on your own can be both exciting and daunting. With independence come emotional and financial challenges. Ensure your move out is a success with the following tried and tested tips.

How to create a budget and manage your money

Money management is rarely taught in school, so "trial and error" has become our teacher. This can result in enormous stress, as we wrestle with paying bills, managing debts and saving for the future. For most people, drawing up a budget is the best way to calm the storm of financial stress—and it’s much easier than you might expect.

Student Support Program (SSP)

Immediate and confidential counselling available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Attending college or university can be a wonderful and exciting life experience. But it can also be a time of tremendous stress as you learn to navigate a new school, living away from home, making new friends, managing your finances, and more. The Student Support Program (SSP) is a confidential and voluntary support service available to you at any time, day or night. Connect with a counsellor in your language of choice to talk about a variety of issues, including:

  • relationships
  • school
  • family and friends
  • mental health issues
  • addictions


The SSP is completely confidential within the limits of the law, so no one – including your family, friends, or professors – will ever know used the program unless you choose to tell them.

No cost
No additional charge for students enrolled in schools that have signed up.

How the SSP will help you stay healthy and happy while studying

  • 24/7 on-demand support. Confidential counselling, including crisis support, available night and day via phone and online chat.
  • Experienced professionals. Professionally trained counsellors with experience dealing with the challenges faced by students.
  • No wait. Most appointments for in-person, telephone or video counselling booked at first outreach if you need more support.
  • No extra cost. Instant access at no additional charge for students enrolled in schools that have signed up for the SSP.

SSP counselling services

  • Telephone. Communicate with a counsellor over the telephone. Appointment required. CALL 1.855.649.8641.
  • Video. Virtually meet with a counsellor from home or another private setting. Appointment required. CALL 1.855.649.8641.
  • First Chat. Instant online chat with a counsellor anytime, anywhere. No appointment required.CHAT now.