Wellness Events & Resources

At the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS), we care about your health, well-being, and student experience. To support your wellness, this resource page highlights wellness resources and services to support you during your time at SFU.

If you have a health or wellness idea, tip, or resource you would like to share with FAS, please send them to fashw@sfu.ca

What is Wellness?

According to SFU Health and Counselling, wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of your choices and making decisions that will help you to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Everyone's optimal wellness will be different, depending on your own needs, experiences, personality, and circumstances. Different aspects will fall in and out of balance as you make your way through life, however, we can try our best to maintain a balance.

Many factors can influence your health and well-being. There are 7 different interacting dimensions of wellness: emotional, financial, environmental, spiritual, career and academic, social and cultural, physical. For more information on these dimensions of wellness and on- and off-campus resources related to each dimension, please visit the Health and Counselling Services website.

Crisis Support and Services

Many different forms of emergencies can occur! If you or someone else is in an unsafe situation or in personal crisis and require immediate support, please contact: 

  • 911 or visits your nearest emergency department for critical or life-threatening conditions
  • Vancouver Crisis Line (24/7): 604-872-3311
  • BC Suicide Line: 1-800-784-2433
  • Kuu-US Crisis Response Services (24/7): 1-800-588-8717
  • SFU Campus Security: 778-782-4500

Top 10 SFU Wellness Resources

Below is a list of top 10 wellness resources to help you get started on your wellness journey.

1. My SSP

Free 24/7 Counselling Support

All SFU students can access free 24/7 counselling support from anywhere in the world by phone or through the My SSP app. Counselling and support services are available in multiple languages, are confidential, and has both a phone and chat feature.

2. Student Learning Commons (SLC)

Learning, Writing and EAL workshops

The Student Learning Commons offers a suite of workshops under the following categories; Learning, Writing, and English as an Additional Language (EAL). Workshops range from 60 to 90 minutes and provide valuable information in engaging formats. Each semester, the SLC presents a slightly different collection of workshops.

3. Recreation

Free Live Exercise Classes and Workout / Meditation Videos

Drop in for a live workout, flow through some yoga poses, or utilize some of the fit tips shared on the SFU Recreation Instagram page to improve your health and mental clarity during these uncertain times.

4. Health and Counselling Services (HCS) & Connect with Indigenous Counsellors

Support from Health Care Providers, Workshops, and Resources

SFU’s Health and Counselling Services addresses students’ mental and physical health needs through a team of doctors, nurses, counsellors, and health promotion specialists. If you are not feeling well, need support, or want to learn more about wellness, Health and Counselling services is here for you. For example, they have a list of online health and wellness resources.

The Indigenous Counsellors are available for individual appointments Monday - Friday. Please email isc_well@sfu.ca and one of the counsellors will get back to you to follow up with your request during regular office hours. Appointments are available with either Tanu Gamble, RCC or Jennifer Reandy, RCC. Please note in your email if you have a preference of which counsellor you would like to see. You may receive an email from isc_well@sfu.ca within 48hrs to follow up with your request.

5. Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL)

Disability-Related Supports and Accommodations

For students with a documented or suspected disability, the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) can recommend reasonable academic accommodations to offset the effects of one’s disability on academic life. Depending on the specific documented disability, accommodations could include break time on exams, note-taking assistance, textbooks in alternate formats, and more. The Centre supports a wide variety of disabilities (e.g., learning, hearing, psychiatric, chronic, vision) and temporary injuries. Registration is required to access CAL services, so contact them explore your eligibility for supports and accommodations.

6. Safety and Risk Services

Ergonomics Guides and Campus Safety and Security

Safety & Risk Services ergonomics program has guides on setting up a computer station at home. In addition, their Campus Safety and Security program including campus security escorts to support safe travel on campus 24/7, safety guides, and support services.

7. Multifaith Centre

Connect with a Chaplain or Faith Group

The Multifaith Centre seeks to facilitate living one’s faith, to support the spiritual well-being of students, staff and faculty, and to increase the understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices across all three campuses.

8. Career and Work Services

Explore careers, develop a strategy, and look for work

Support for anything career related, from work search to future plans. Career Education Specialists are offering appointments by phone or online.

9. Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS)

Access services or connect with a club, student union, or resource group

The Simon Fraser Student Society is a student-led organization that represents and advocates for the interests of the 25,000+ undergraduate students at SFU. They provide services and support to make your student life better. Services include information on your health and dental coverage, grants, free legal clinic, food bank program, Out on Campus LGBTQ+ resource group, and the Women’s Centre resource group. They also have a directory of student clubs and unions you can join. 

10. Graduate Student Society (GSS)

Graduate student financial support, legal services, and support for departmental caucuses

The GSS is the student society and government for all graduate students at Simon Fraser University. They represent over 4,000 students in 38 academic programs at SFU’s Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses. They offer financial support, legal services, and information about the graduate health and dental insurance plan.

FAS Wellness Coffee Chats & Events (NEW!) 

Faculty of Applied Sciences is introducing FAS Wellness Coffee Chats

It is a low barrier event where students gather to have open conversation with their peers about health and wellness topics that most affect students in university life – a lot of these topics are chosen by students who attended FAS Health and Wellness events in the past! 

Benefits of joining FAS Health and Wellness Coffee Chats?

  1. Collaborate with student groups, health and counselling services, career services to shed light on important topics related to student health and wellness
  2. Take a break from studying and have fun conversations and activities with your peers.
  3. Your chance to meet like-minded people from your faculty
  4. Expand your horizon with networking
  5. Learn about topics that are important to student well-being
  6. Equip yourself with tools and resources to perform better as a student
  7. Join the FAS health and wellness discord channel for latest updates
  8. Have an opportunity to win amazing prizes
  9. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages served at each session

Attend 2 or more FAS Coffee Chats in Spring 2023 for a chance to win a $150 SFU bookstore gift card

Health and Wellness within FAS - BBY

BBY TASC1 9204 West, Jan 31; 12:30 - 1:30 PM 

Join this FAS Coffee Chats to learn about the health and wellness resources that are available to you. We will have an open low barrier discussion about some of these resources and how to access them. Coffee and snacks will be provided!

Growth Mindset and Setting Healthy Boundaries - SYRE

SYRE SEE Building; Feb 21; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

At this session of FAS Coffee Chats we will talk about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset and how the latter helps us look at life and its challenges in a more productive way. We will also discuss the importance of setting boundaries and constructive ways to set boundaries. Coffee and Snacks will be provided!

Understanding and Preventing Burnout - BBY

BBY ASB ASB 9703; March 7; 12:30 - 1:30 PM

All students constantly deal with heavy work and study loads as they navigate various areas of life. As students who often use a great amount of energy, burnout is a fair possibility if you do not manage your stress and energy well. At this FAS Coffee session, we will talk about some ways to understand and prevent burnout as we explore what burnout might look like for every individual and what techniques they use to prevent burnout. Coffee and snacks will be provided!

Successful Transition into the Full-Time Hustle - SRYE

SRYE SEE Building, MARCH 28; 12:30PM - 1:30PM; Join us for the chat!  

At this FAS Coffee Chats session, we will discuss tips about using your network and other resources on and off campus for job hunting. We will discuss common reservations and fears around going through the transition from students to full-time professionals! Learn how to overcome those reservations and fears. Coffee and snacks will be provided!

Selfcare Is Not Selfish - Burnaby

BBY ASB Atrium; Feb 14; 1 PM - 2 PM

Let’s celebrate and pamper ourselves on valentine’s day! At this event, we will provide you with self-care tips and tools. There will be special valentine's giveaways and snacks for you to take home!

Selfcare Is Not Selfish - Surrey

SRYE SEE Building, Atrium; Feb 15; 1 PM - 2 PM; 

Let’s celebrate and pamper ourselves on valentine’s day! At this event, we will provide you with self-care tips and tools. There will be special valentine's giveaways and snacks for you to take home!

Stress Management with HI-FIVE - Burnaby

Drop-in Event_BBY ASB Atrium; Date TBD; 1 PM - 3 PM

Join the amazing HI-FIVE Health Peer Mentors to di-Stress with craft and learn about healthy ways of managing Stress. There will be lots of arts and crafts supplies and snacks to help you di-stress and take a break from your busy life!

Stress Management with HI-FIVE - Surrey

SRYE SEE Building, Atrium; Date TBD; 1 PM - 3 PM; 

Join HI-FIVE Health Peer Mentors to engage in some arts/crafts and learn about stress management. There will be lots of arts and crafts supplies and snacks to help you di-stress and take a break from the busy life!