At Ambrose, we care about your well-being. Because people are so complex, it is important to take care of ourselves in multiple ways. Life, especially as a student, can get pretty complicated, so learning to incorporate good strategies to take care of your well-being is crucial for your health.
Sometimes life issues come up and you do not have the time to wait for an appointment to see a counsellor. If this happens, Ambrose has staff onsite that will help to walk with you through a crisis situation and help determine the next steps to take.
Ambrose students have free access to online mental health and wellness platforms. These platforms allow you to connect with mental health professionals, as well as provide tools and education on mental health and wellness.
Peer Health Educators (PHEs) help to raise awareness around mental health and wellness through various programming and events. PHEs are also trained to provide free, confidential wellness advising and checks for current Ambrose students.
What is mental health and wellness?
The World Health Organization defines mental health as a "state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community". Actively pursuing wellness can help to improve your mental health. It is important to consider wellness as a holistic picture, and it can include areas such as spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual/academic and social well-being. To help you work in these areas, Ambrose Wellness Office is striving to provide opportunities for you to participate in enhancing your well-being.
What is mental illness or a mental health problem?
"Mental illnesses are health problems that affect the way we think about ourselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around us. They affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Mental illnesses can disrupt a person’s life or create challenges, but with the right supports, a person can get back on a path to recovery and wellness" (Canada Mental Health Association). Mental illnesses are often diagnosed by a psychologist or health care professional and can include things like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and so on. Practicing wellness can help to improve well-being for those living with a mental illness.
What should I do if I'm struggling with my mental health?
While we know it can be unsettling dealing with mental health issues, its important that you know that you are not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience with a mental health problem in any given year. In a survey conducted in 2019 at Ambrose, 63.6% of students felt overwhelming anxiety and 44.4% report feeling so depressed that it was difficult to function. We want to ensure that you feel supported and that you are aware of the options available to you. If you have not already, talk to a family doctor about some of the things you have been experiencing. If you are not presently seeing a therapist, Ambrose has counsellors available throughout the week. We would also recommend you check out the online mental health supports, as well as connecting with a Peer Health Educator for a wellness check-in. If you have an existing diagnosis, or have been noticing that it has been impacting your academic work, we recommend you get in touch with Student Academic Success
How can I support someone who is struggling with their mental health?
If you notice someone on campus who is struggling with their mental health, we encourage you to connect with them and offer them your support. If you believe they are needing immediate support, please connect with Student Life, a staff member who has training in ASIST or Mental Health First Aid, or call the Distress Centre at 403.266.HELP (4357). Check out Be There by Jack.org for tips on how to offer support to a friend.
The Wellness Office is looking for people who are super passionate about mental health and wellness and sharing that passion with peers! Be a part of a team who is seeking to make a difference in the Ambrose community by creating awareness around mental health and wellness. This position will have opportunity to help create and facilitate wellness-related programming on campus for fellow students, with the potential for additional training and advancement.
As you walk through campus this week, you will see red dresses. These dresses are hung to commemorate the lost lives of Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada that have been murdered and/or missing. The amount of active cases continues to grow and so do catching the people who have committed these crimes. The art installation is intended to spark conversation and encourage you to think about some of the untold history in Canada.
Visit Be There for more information on how you can support people you know who are struggling with their mental health.
If you know of an Ambrose student who is struggling with their mental health and needs immediate assistance, please connect with someone from Student Life or call the Distress Centre at 403-266-HELP (4357). Visit Ambrose Wellness for mental health and wellness supports available on campus.