At the Faculty of Applied Sciences, 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.
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.
Top 10 SFU Wellness Resources
Below is a list of top 10 wellness resources to help you get started on your wellness journey.
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.
Online Success for Students Canvas Course
The Centre for Educational Excellence’s Canvas course provides resources and strategies to help students succeed in remote learning environments.
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.
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.
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.
Connect with a Chaplain or Faith Group
The Interfaith 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.
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.
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.
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.