Health and Well-being

Student life can be stressful and confusing but you don't have to face it alone. There are supports available to you from the Indigenous Student Centre and SFU, to help you through your mental, physical, and spiritual health journey. 

ISC Resources

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program is a virtual community open to currently enrolled Indigenous students. Wherever you are, you can participate in a Run/Walk training program, learn about and share resources, engage with topics of mental, physical, and social wellness, and win prizes! 

We are piloting MS Teams as the Wellness Program platform instead of Canvas. Through MS Teams, you can also engage in other ISC-related channels beyond the Wellness Program, including Book Club and Cultural Connections. MS Teams is accessible through your web browser or as a downloadable app and includes access to discussion threads, chat functions, and file uploads with other students in the ISC community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Indigenous Student Life Coordinator, Rebecca (rebecca_sangwais@sfu.ca). 

Wellness Program

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Sign up for the Wellness Program and become part of a virtual community of Indigenous Students

Connecting with an Indigenous Counsellor

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 Jennifer or Access Case Manager, Deborah Fung, to follow-up with your request.

Tanu Gamble, Haida, Tsimshian
Indigenous Clinical Cousellor
Email: tanug@sfu.ca

Jennifer Reandy, Cree
Indigenous Clinical Cousellor
Email: jennifer_reandy@sfu.ca

SFU Resources

Connect with Black Counsellors and additional BIPOC-specific supports

SFU Health and Counselling Services has a Black Counsellor, Tricia Kay Williams, available for drop-ins (booking needed in advance). For more information about how to access Black Mental Health supports and other BIPOC-specific supports, please visit the HCS Black Student Supports page

Additional Support

Additional support options and counselling serivices are available at SFU Health and Counselling Services.

Additional

  • Call Health and Counselling Services at 778-782-4615 and ask to book a virtual appointment with a counsellor
  • Visit Health and Counselling Services in MBC 0101 and ask to speak with an Access Case Manager who provides same day 30 minute appointments.  They will provide mental health support and/or referral to services and resources.

Events and Programs

Tips and Advice 

External Resources

  • Phone My SSP (Student Support Program) at 1-844-451-9700 and ask to book an appointment with an Indigenous Counsellor. Appointments with an Indigenous counsellor may be via phone or ask about in-person appointment options in the community. My SSP App can also be downloaded for 24/7 support. All support through My SSP is free and confidential. 
  • The MindShift Application is an iOS and Android app designed to help individuals ease their anxiety through tools aimed at relaxing the mind and developing more effective ways of thinking. This app is free of charge and available for download through the App Store and Google Play. 

If you are in an unsafe situation or in personal crisis and require immediate support, please contact:

  • Vancouver Crisis Line (24/7): 604-872-3311 
  • Kuu-US Crisis Response Services (24/7): 1-800-588-8717
  • BC Suicide Line: 1-800-784-2433
  • SFU Campus Security: 778-782-4500
  • Police/Ambulance/Fire 911 or your local Emergency Department