Humber College provides counseling services for students, but the services aren’t where students always first turn to for help.
A new school year brings the familiar feelings to many students of being stressed and overwhelmed . The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre is where they can go for help.
The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre offers health services, counselling and accessibility to all students. Students can take advantage of the on-campus help available to them on a daily basis.
Third-year Business Administration student, Peter Reale, said he could have used the centre but he never took advantage of the free service.
“I used an outside source for help, I didn’t go on campus as I used that time to do homework, class or went straight home due to long travel times,” he said. “I have never gone or used the counselling services. I have spoken to them on how it works though.”
While Reale’s first year at Humber was good, he found it somewhat hard to meet people.
“I usually spoke to my best friends or family when I need to let out my frustrations with school especially when I’m stressed,” he said.
Meg Houghton, the new director of Student Access, Wellness and Development, helps facilitate academic accommodation, health support and short-term counselling support for Humber students. The services are located on the third floor of the North campus LRC building.
“Our counselling service is one of several options students have to access mental health support,” Houghton said. “Humber has trained over 1,200 faculty and staff in mental health first aid, to try to encourage students they might see in early distress to seek support and to provide appropriate referral,” she said.
Lisa Morris, the Social Service Worker program coordinator at Humber, supports the wellness centre for providing the help students need. But the program doesn’t offer any classes where aspiring social service workers are taught how to help students who are in need of counseling.
“The students in the program are mainly taught how to help those who are coping with addiction, domestic violence and mainly issues outside of Humber,” Morris said. “Also, they wouldn’t be dealing with post-secondary students who are in need of counselling, we are completely different.”
Along with the Student Wellness and Accessibly Centre there’s also the provincial Good2Talk helpline and the student government’s LifeLine.