A - Z Resources



Active Living & Physical Health

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide Check out the Government of Canada's guide to staying active and healthy.
Healthy Families BC
Get tips on physical activity, healthy eating, healthy workplaces, tobacco, and more.
Top Ten ways to get active  Learn some easy ways to build activity into your daily routine, helping you get active and stay active.


Allergy Center

Find information on allergies, allergy symptoms, and allergy relief.

Food allergies Get information about the labelling of foods causing allergies and sensitivities.

Anger Management


Anger Management Do you have trouble with your emotions? Find out if you have a problem with managing your anger and what to do about it. 

See Also:  Mood and Healthy Thinking


Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety and panic attacks Check out this resource for information and support for anxiety and panic attacks
The Panic Attack Cycle Learn about the panic attack cycle, using the metaphor of meeting a tiger in the woods. 




Learn the signs and symptoms of asthma, as well as diagnosis, treatment and medications.



Back Pain Prevention

Balanced Lifestyle

Birth Control

Birth Control products and prices Health and Counselling Services offers a wide variety of birth control products, available at both our Burnaby and Vancouver Health Clinics
Relative Effectiveness of Birth Control Methods

Wondering about the effectiveness of different kinds of birth control?


Body Image and Disorder Eating

Resource Centre & Eating Disorders The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC. All services are free of charge, and you can reach them over the phonein person, or via email.
Ten steps to positive body image Learn ways of looking more healthfully and happily at yourself and your body
Evaluating eating and exercise habits Do you skip meals, count calories, or exercise so much you are fatigued? Evaluate your habits with this resource
How to help a friend with eating and body image issues Concerned about a friend? Find resources and support here
Body image What is body image? Is yours positive or negative? Check out this resource to learn more about body image
Peace program Find out about HCS' support program to develop a more peaceful relationship with self and food
Debunking diet myths Find out what's fact or fiction with popular diet myths
National Eating Disorder Information Centre Visit this site for information about eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as referrals and support.
Looking Glass Foundation Online Support Group Every Tuesday and Thursday, Looking Glass offers free, anonymous, online support group sessions. Visit their site for more information.



Cold and Flu Prevention

Facts about the Flu How is the Flu spread? When should I see a doctor? Check out this resource for answers to these questions and more.
Flu immunization myths and facts This resource provides information on the myths and facts of Influenza immunization
Facts about the Flu Vaccine What is the Influenza vaccination? Who should get it? Find out here.
Flu Pandemic Preparedness Learn how to care for yourself and those around you in the case of a flu pandemic 
Preventing cold and flu Hands spread approximately 80% of colds and flu. Learn how, when and why handwashing works on this site.
Facts about Flu Use this site as your one-stop guide to on-line information and resources about influenza (flu), from the Government of Canada

Communication Skills

Communication Skills for Couples Communication skills for couples (Intro)

Communication skills for couples 2

Coping Strategies


Drug Use


Depression Skills Workbook Learn skills for dealing with depression and mood problems in the workplace
  See Also:  Mood and Healthy Thinking
  See Also: Mental Health and Well-being



Food Access

SFU Burnaby Community Food Resources Download PDF Updated February 2014
What causes food cravings and how can I curb them?  Download PDF
Lower Mainland Food Banks Download PDF Updated December 2013




This site provides useful information on responsible gambling and assistance for those seeking help for problem gambling. 
Know the Score

This interactive problem gambling program is designed for university students - learn about myths, signs of problem gambling, and resources.

General Health Information

Go Ask Alice Check this site out for frank and factual health information.
Public Health Agency of Canada Explore this site filled with a wealth of information to help you make healthy choices.


Heat-Related Illness

Heat-related Illness Find out what the causes, symptoms, and risks are for heat-related illnesses, and how to prevent and treat them. 


Illness and Injury Prevention for Students

Choosing the right backpack Backpacks can be a real pain in the back! Here are some tips to choosing the right backpack for you
Study station setup Follow these simple steps to reduce injury while working at the computer, and learn about work station ergonomics
Slides for Basic Stretching (Download)
Follow these basic stretching instructions to help you relax and prevent injury.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

badgut.org Find more information about IBS and how to cope.







Meningococcal Disease Use this resource to get answers to your questions about Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis) and prevention.
Meningococcal Vaccines This resource gives information about the Meningococcal Vaccine 

Mental Health and Well-being

Walk Along Assess and track your mental health. 
Heads Up Guys For Men. About Men.
Health strategies for managing and preventing depression.
Canadian Mental Health Association The CMHA promotes the mental health of all Canadians and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Here to Help This site offers skills for handling stress, depression, emotions and body image.
BC211 bc211 is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC.
Get Self-Help: get.gg A collection of self-help activities and ressources for a variety of challenges. 
Guilt, shame and responsibility Learn strategies for dealing with guilt and shame
Mood Disorders Learn about mood disorders and how to cope.
Social Support We all need people we can depend on during both the good and bad times - learn how it can enhance your life, how to give and receive it, and how to enhance your support network. 
External Counselling & Therapy Theravive is a network of licensed and professional clinical counselors, therapists, and psychologists who uphold clear, compassionate values in therapy for effective and lasting change.
How Counselling Helps A useful article co-written by HCS' staff psychologist Janice Stuart.
  See Also:  Mood and Healthy Thinking

Mood and Healthy Thinking

Record your thoughts and change your mood How we think affects how we feel! Use this resource to find ways to use your own thoughts to change your mood 
Thought record Use this resource to record your thoughts and change your mood
The tyranny of shoulds, oughts and musts Ever feel like you MUST be perfect? This way of thinking can cause guilt, shame or anger — learn ways to change how you think.
Healthy thinking Do you dwell on the negative? Find it hard to think positive? Find out how to develop healthy thinking patterns, which affects how we feel and what we do. 
Mindfulness Learn how you can use Mindfulness as a tool to help you manage your thoughts, emotions and immerse yourselves in the present moment. 
  See Also: Mental Health and Well-being


BC Health Files Mumps Handout This resource outlines what mumps is, how it's spread, what the symptoms are and treatment is, and who should be vaccinated. 



Eating and Living Well Find out how eating a healthy diet affects our mental health and well-being. 
Healthy eating cheap and easy Learn tips and techniques to eating healthy - cheap and easy!
Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide This site by Health Canada provides a guide to eating a nutritious and balanced diet. 
Eat Tracker and Activity Assessment Track your day's food and activity choices and compare them to Health Canada’s guidelines.
Community Kitchens Join a group of individuals in your community who meet regularly to cook healthy, nutritious meals.

Nutrition and Stress

Learn about how eating right can help alleviate your stress!



Problem Solving

Problem Solving Life has tons of tough problems that can't be easily solved. Use this step-by-step problem solving guide to help you find a solution. 


PsychosisSucks.ca Visit this website for information on psychosis, its signs and symptoms, and direction for seeking help for yourself or a friend.




Emotional Maturity Emotional (Im)maturity
Conflict 10 Ways to Increase Conflict and make things Worse
Dysfunctional Relationships Understanding Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns in Your Family
Addictive Relationships Strategies for Overcoming Relationship Addictions
  See Also:  Mood and Healthy Thinking
  See Also: Mental Health and Well-being

Resources around campus

SFU Burnaby Community Food Resources Download PDF Updated February 2014
SFU Women's Centre Visit the women's centre for health ressources, the feminist library, and more.


Substance Use and Abuse

Alcohol and Drug Information & Referral Service

Provides information and referral services for people across B.C. needing help with any kind of substance abuse. Includes information and referral to education, prevention and treatment services and regulatory agencies.

Lower Mainland: (604) 660-9382

Toll Free: 1-800-663-1441

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse This site provides evidence-based information to help reduce the harm associated with substance abuse and addictions.
College Drinking Changing the Culture Your one stop resource for comprehensive information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
Centre for Addictions Research of BC

Well researched fact and tip sheets addressing substance use issues. Take the reality check test to determine if your drinking habits are safe, risky, or harmful.

Self Esteem and Positive Attributes

Characteristic development Try this exercise if you would like to develop a particular character quality within yourself
Identifying your positive attributes This resource offers some valuable tips for indentifying positive attributes within yourself
  See Also: Mental Health and Well-being
  See Also:  Mood and Healthy Thinking

Sexual Health and Relationships

Birth Control products and prices Health and Counselling Services offers a wide variety of birth control products, available at both our Burnaby and Vancouver Health Clinics
Relative Effectiveness of Birth Control Methods

Wondering about the effectiveness of different kinds of birth control?

Abortion Resources View this page for information and resources related to abortions.
Choosing a Contraceptive Take this quick quiz to help you choose a contraceptive that's right for you.
Effectiveness of birth control methods Download this pdf to see the effectiveness of different birth control methods
Help yourself to a healthy and safer sex life Some things to think about in order to have a healthy and safer sex life 
Sexual and reproductive Health Visit the Options for Sexual Health BC website to access quality sexual educational materials and general information.
Sexuality and you The ultimate Canadian website devoted to credible and reliable sexual education and information.
Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) http://www.wavaw.ca/
Sexual Assault Support Services (Rape Crisis Services) http://www.vch.ca/locations-and-services/find-health-services/?program_id=11289



calm.com Use this mindfulness meditation app to find peace of mind.
Meditation Oasis Use this collection of ressources to meditate and find your own peace.
Sleep Diary Use this sleep diary to track your sleeping patterns and to improve your sleep skills.
National Sleep Foundation Learn how to achieve sufficient sleep so you can feel and perform at your best.
Getting a good night's sleep Find out how to feel rested and get a good night's sleep. 
Sleep your way to better health Some top tips to getting a good night's rest.
Promotion Tips
A series of excellent suggestions on how to promote restful sleep.


Quitnow.ca This site provides comprehensive resources and support for people trying to give up smoking.
Thinking of Quitting? Check out this resource for info on the benefits of quitting, quitting options, and healthier choices.
Second-Hand Smoke Want more information on the health risks related to second-hand smoke? 

Stress and Relaxation

Relaxation techniques Use this guide for tried and tested relaxation techniques.
Stress and Well-being Stressed out? Learn some common ways of coping with stress and tips to ensure your coping choices lead to stress reduction. 
21 ways to Reduce Stress  A quick and fun resource for some easy ways to de-stress!
Stress and Relaxation: video and audio Check out HCS' library of audio and video recordings, designed to help you cope with the stressors in your life and relax.
Basic Stretching (Download)
Follow these basic stretching instructions to help you relax and prevent injury.





Wellness and Balance

Wellness Wheel Discover the dimensions of wellness in your life, how to maintain a balance between them, and resources for you both on and off campus.
Wellness Guide for Students Use this guide to find out how you can make the choices and decisions necessary to lead a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Work/life balance Need some help finding balance in your life? Try these tips.