Mental health at SFU

Your time at SFU is important -- that's why we're here to provide support when you need it, where you need it.

Access counselling 24/7, explore our support options, or learn more about your well-being: all in one place.

Social Connection

Quality relationships are central to individual and collective well-being and you do not need to be physically with someone to feel connected to them. Enhance your university experience by connecting with others, forming new or enhancing existing relationships, and engaging with your community.

Stay socially connected:

  • Take part in fun and casual virtual events led by the Health Peers
  • Join other SFU students virtually in creative activities, like crafts, doodling, and writing with Creative Collective or Meet, Greet, and Eat
  • Thanks to technology, there are many ways to maintain open communications with others, including via Zoom, Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, Houseparty, Marco Polo, Snapchat, Google Duo
    • Schedule a virtual recurring check in or study meeting 
    • Plan a virtual hangout session with a group of friends
    • Have a virtual lunch date with someone special 
    • Host a virtual karaoke session or book club meet up 
  • Take a virtual tour of famous museums around with the world with your friends
  • Watch movies or shows together by calling or using Netflix Party
  • Play an online game with friends like Jackbox TV or Monopoly
  • Take 20 minutes to call a friend or family member
  • Make a point of introducing yourself to someone new in class or in your workplace
  • When working on a class discussion or work project, be intentional about fostering positive interactions and getting to know each other as peoplenot just work partners.
  • Plan an afternoon to disconnect from work or study and focus on spending quality time with friends and family
  • Join a new club or SFU committee and get involved at SFU
  • Read about how to enhance social and cultural wellness and be linked with useful resources both on- and off-campus
  • Try a group offered by Health & Counselling, such as Navigating Stress and Seeking Balance. International students are invited to join our International Student Support Group.

Faculty and staff

Are you looking to promote social connection in your classroom or workplace? Everyone at SFU can help create a healthy campus community. Learn how you can support social connection as a teacher or administrator below.