Student Resources

Resources for undergraduates

Undergraduate studies are an exciting, challenging time. At SFU, we believe wellbeing is the foundation for success, which is why we offer comprehensive support to help students meet the demands of academic life.

Health and wellbeing

FIND SUPPORTS AT SFU

SFU Health & Counselling provides accessible, individually-tailored, and effective services to improve mental health and wellbeing. All registered SFU students have access to free, confidential, time-limited supports, such as individual counselling, as well as services and virtual programs to address a wide variety of concerns. Health & Counselling has a large inventory of resources to support all students as well as services and resources for:

My SSP provides free, confidential, 24/7 counselling support with a registered clinical counsellor through the My SSP app or by phone any time of day, from anywhere in the world. My SSP is available to support all SFU students with a range of concerns; you can contact My SSP if you are looking for some extra guidance or support, or if you’re in a state of crisis or distress.

SFU Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office offers free and confidential support, information, and advice about sexual violence; if you have experienced sexual violence, you can help from SVSPO no matter when or where the incident took place

Centre for Accessible Learning provides disability related information, support, and counselling to the SFU community and supports equal participation by coordinating the provision of reasonable academic accommodations and services for students with disabilities

TALK TO SOMEONE NOW

SFU Health & Counselling provides daily Drop-in Advising to speak with an Access Case Manager one-one-one (approximately 30 minutes) on a first come, first-served basis and LiveChat Support to assist you with general questions related to mental health support, services, and resources.

My SSP provides free, confidential, 24/7 counselling support with a registered clinical counsellor through the My SSP app or by phone any time of day, from anywhere in the world. My SSP is available to support all SFU students with a range of concerns; you can contact My SSP if you are looking for some extra guidance or support, or if you’re in a state of crisis or distress.

Here2Talk offers all students currently registered in a BC post-secondary institution with access to free, confidential, single-session counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone, and web

Provincial Crisis Lines offer immediate, 24/7 access to services for anyone in the province considering suicide or those with mental health or substance use disorders

  • 1-800-SUICIDE is for individuals considering suicide, or for those who are concerned about someone who may be at risk or suicide
  • 310Mental Health Support (310-6789) is a crisis line that provides emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health and substance use disorders

Hope for Wellness Help Line offers 24/7 immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca   

HealthLink BC provides medically-approved information on over 5000 health topics, symptoms, medical tests, medications, and tips for healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Call 8-1-1 to speak with a health service navigator (for health information or health services, or to connect you with a nurse, dietitian, or pharmacist) or registered nurse (for non-emergency health concerns) anytime of the day or night

Urgent and Primary Care Centres are available in many communities across British Columbia, and provide access to same-day, non-urgent, non-emergency health care, including in the evening and on the weekends. Visit the link above to locate a Centre in your community or call 8-1-1 to speak with a health service navigator

CONNECT WITH PEERS

Health Peers work with the Health Promotion team at Health & Counselling to support student health and wellbeing on campus through free events and workshops

FHS (Undergraduate) Peer Mentorship Program is a peer mentoring group open to all undergraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences with the goal of strengthening the FHS community by connecting incoming first-year students with senior students to create a welcoming environment for all

Dissertation & Thesis Support Group is a safe and confidential space for graduate students writing their thesis or dissertation to share their experiences and receive support, with a focus on peer emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management

LEARN NEW TOOLS & SKILLS

Bouncing Forward is a free, non-credit Canvas course designed to help you build resilience and enhance your wellbeing. Bouncing Forward aims to teach students how to build personal resilience, identify and access resources, and improve wellbeing

Be There will help you learn how to recognize when someone may be struggling with their mental health, and gives you five Golden Rules to help you support and be there for them.

STAY WELL

Here to Help brings together a group of leading mental health and substance use non-profit agencies to help people live well and better prevent and manage mental health and substance use problems, whether for yourself or someone else

Mental Health Check In will help you reflect on your mental, physical, and social wellbeing and identify and explore useful and free resources in BC based on your answers

Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine is an SFU Open Learning Resource written by Dr. Eileen Feliciano   

SFU Healthy Campus Community Resource Library will help you discover helpful activities and practices, shared by members of the SFU community, to bring conditions for wellbeing in your own learning environment

Students with disabilities

If you have a confirmed or suspected disability, the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is on hand to ensure full participation at SFU is available for all students.

Academic life

Looking for help adjusting to university life? Whether you need time management advice, academic writing guidance, or English language learning support, the Student Learning Commons offers help on all three SFU campuses.

In the Faculty of Health Sciences, final grades are applied in a fair and consistent manner, and in line with University and FHS policies. Occassionally, errors in grading can occur. If you have evidence that a grading error has occurred, you should ask for a reconsideration of your final grade. Grade reconsiderations are not considered on the basis of dissatisfaction with your grade or your desire for a higher grade. Grade reconsiderations are governed by Policy T20.01: Grading and the Reconsideration of Grades and FHS' Final Grade Reconsideration and Appeal Guidelines for Students. Please ensure you are familiar with the University policy and FHS' guidelines if you are requesting a reconsideration of your final grade.

Peer support

The Faculty of Health Sciences is proud to offer peer support initiatives. Both the Health Sciences Undergraduate Student Union (HSUSU) and the FHS Peer Mentorship Program offer faculty-specific support from student volunteers.

Careers

Life after university starts with the question: what now? Find your career path with Student Services Career and Work by reaching out to Brenda Badgero, Education Manager for Health Sciences.