Keeping your mental health and well-being in check is an important part of maintaining balance during your studies at McGill. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that are here to support your mental well-being.
Going through some things and want to talk to another McGill student?
The Peer Support Centre offers free, confidential, one-on-one drop-ins with our trained student peer supporters. The goal of peer support is that through open sharing of experiences and/or concerns, you can feel empowered to resolve whatever you may be going through. The Peer Support Centre also have connections with campus resources, so if we cannot help you, we can refer you to someone who can.
Nightline offers a confidential and anonymous, information, listening and referral service for all members of the McGill community by telephone. Additionally, Nightline is designed to take calls on virtually any topic. Their lines are open to anyone who just wants to chat about something that might be on their mind, such as exam anxiety or relationship troubles. Nightline volunteers undergo extensive training to effectively help those in crisis or needing support. Additionally, volunteers work hard to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information for their callers.
Feeling stress from school, tough time transitioning, or going through relationship difficulties?
McGill Counselling Service is a good resource for people who have general vocational concerns, who want help in managing particular areas of their lives that is problematic or who are facing sudden relational, social, identity, or mood- based concerns. The counsellors and psychotherapists at McGill Counselling Service are trained to listen to you and help provide you with tools and perspectives on managing your life.
Feeling extreme highs or lows, excessive fears or worries, or experiencing great difficulty in coping with daily problems and activities?
McGill Mental Health Service offers appointments with psychotherapists/psychologists for talk therapy and with psychiatrists for medication. We offer a secure, non-judgmental, and confidential space in which to pursue your mental health treatment.
Going through crisis?
Urgent support is available Monday to Friday at both Counselling Service and Mental Health Service. Students requiring immediate assistance can be seen briefly during our daily emergency hours.
For night-time and weekend mental health emergencies, please call the Montreal General Hospital site at 514-934-1934 x 44870 or the Glen site at 514-934-1934 x 34271.
What if I don’t have a diagnosable mental disorder? Should I really be seeing a therapist?
You don’t need to have a diagnosable mental illness to see a psychotherapist. If you are experiencing stress or difficulty managing life situations, insomnia, low self-esteem, anxiety, malaise, or grief, don’t hesitate to seek guidance from McGill Counselling Service.
Worried about having a mental health disorder?
If you have not been feeling your usual self lately and having difficulty with daily coping, please come to the McGill Mental Health Service for a one-on-one consultation with our mental health professionals who will try to understand your situation and together, find a plan that best fits your needs.
What if I want to seek help outside of McGill?
This can be a good option. Although many private counsellors and psychotherapists in Montreal charge fees, these fees are often placed on a sliding-scale based on your income. One helpful resource that exists in Montreal is Head and Hands. They offer free services for youth from age 12 through 25, have a queer-positive mandate, and work based on "humanistic principles of equality, confidentiality, and client self-determination." AMI-Quebec also offers some helpful programs and resources for where you can learn more and find support.