Student Counselling Centre
The Student Counselling Centre (SCC) provides free counselling and mental health support to University of Manitoba, English Language Centre, and International College of Manitoba (ICM) students. We are open year-round, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Our commitment is to offer a support service to every student who contacts us.
The Student Counselling Centre (SCC) has resumed in-person services and students are welcome to drop by our office to request support or ask questions. We will also continue to offer remote services for students who prefer to connect with us by video or telephone. Please note: to protect other students and our staff, you are required to wear a KN95 mask or 3-ply medical mask (minimum ASTM Grade 2) if receiving in-person services at our office and your mask must remain on at all times. We ask you to not attend in-person services if you’re experiencing any symptoms of physical illness – please call us instead.
For urgent help
Are you experiencing a high degree of distress (e.g., you don’t feel safe, have been recently assaulted, have a plan to attempt suicide, witnessed a traumatic event) and need help immediately?
If yes, we encourage you to drop by our office at 474 UMSU University Centre (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm), or call our reception desk at 204-474-8592 to discuss your situation. Students needing emergency/crisis support outside of business hours are encouraged to use one of the 24/7 crisis services listed below:
- Canada Suicide Hotline (1-833-456-4566)
- Klinic Crisis Line (204-786-8686)
- Mobile Crisis Service (204-940-1781)
- Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line (1-877-435-7170)
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Services (1-855-242-3310)
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line (1-888-292-7565)
In addition, you could receive help by going to a local hospital emergency or urgent care facility or travelling to the Crisis Response Centre at 817 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
University of Manitoba, English Language Centre, and International College of Manitoba students can take advantage of our services which include:
- Individual counselling services
- Counselling workshops and groups
- Support resources
- Learning disability assessment services
Students who contact us will be provided with the level of support that best meets their needs and this can include referral to any of the services listed above as well as referral to appropriate University of Manitoba services and community services. This approach allows the SCC to provide support as quickly as possible to as many students as possible.
Faculty and staff can contact us for outreach services.
Join SCC Director David Ness and SCC Counsellor Danna McDonald to learn more about the services that the Student Counselling Centre offers for students who are experiencing stress and anxiety, including groups, workshops and individual counselling.
How do you know if you need support?
Most students face struggles at some point in their lives and there may be times when the struggles are beyond what can be managed. These struggles may include stress related to university studies, family or relationship difficulties, or unexpected events such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is common for students to experience anxiety, depression, self-doubt, low self-esteem, upsetting thoughts or uncontrollable worry when struggles happen. Sometimes, talking with family or friends is enough to help. Other times, making some lifestyle changes helps (e.g., getting more sleep, becoming more physically active). But sometimes more help is needed – that is when our services could be beneficial.
The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests two general guidelines to help you decide if you need help: (1) is the problem you’re having distressing and (2) is it interfering with some aspect of your life? Some other questions to consider are:
- Are you thinking about the problem every day or most days?
- Does the problem take up significant time each day (e.g., more than an hour)?
- Are you hiding the problem from others in your life?
- Is the problem reducing your quality of life (e.g., you're less happy, more tired, can't participate in activities you used to enjoy, etc.)?
- Is the problem negatively affecting your university studies or other areas of your life (e.g., a job, relationships, finances, etc.)?
- Are you changing things in your life to accommodate the problem (e.g., withdrawing from friends, family and social activities; withdrawing from classes; using substances to cope - e.g., cannabis, alcohol, etc.)?
- Do you feel overwhelmed, hopeless, worthless?
If you've answered “yes” to any of these questions, we may be able to help. Drop by our office at 474 UMSU University Centre (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm), or call our reception desk at 204-474-8592 to discuss your situation.
Learn more about the Student Counselling Centre
Myths about counselling
In this video, SCC Director David Ness and SCC Counsellor Danna McDonald talk about some of the myths about counselling and mental health services, and share information about the Student Counselling Centre.
Check out other videos about the Student Counselling Centre and the services offered.
Student Counselling Centre (SCC)
474 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada