Many students at the University of Guelph-Humber are facing stress in their daily life that affect their mental health and well-being. Guelph-Humber staff are there to provide support services to help students with those challenges from study/work life balance to improving their writing skills or helping with child care.

The Student Services and Academic Advising team offers resources on campus in-person and virtually to support students’ mental health and well-being.

Fiona Mahadeo is one student who is feeling stressed. Third-year Justice Studies student is enrolled in full-time studies and works 10 hours per week. “I have taken this job for building my resume experience and to help pay off my tuition. It can be difficult during exams,” said Mahadeo.

Shannon Ho, Student Life Coordinator for Guelph-Humber said, “Students can reach out to their Academic Advisor or Learning Support Peer if they are having trouble balancing school and work.”

Additionally, Guelph-Humber is in collaboration with Humber College to assist students. Students can speak to their academic advisor if they are having difficulties coping with school and other stressors.

Students who are struggling, may want to contact a Learning Support Peer. Learning Support Peers, also known as LSPs can help students to achieve academic success by helping them balance their school and work obligations.

Learning Support Peer, Omar Hassan said, “we run learning skills workshops, which help teach students fundamental skills for success. The Mastering Time Management and Stress Management workshops may be beneficial for students who are struggling to find a work and school balance.” Students can book these workshop sessions by contacting the Learning Support Peer team with their requests.

In addition, Hassan said, “we can assist with any academic inquiry and direct students to campus resources for their success.” Students can receive learning skills through workshops to develop and strengthen essential skills for academic success.

LSPs host workshops to help students with finding more balance in their schedules. “Sessions including exam preparation, time management, procrastination, and stress management are available for students,” said Hassan.

Students are highly encouraged to reach out to LSP’s through email with their questions or concerns. Alternatively, students can reach LSPs on Microsoft Teams during office hours between 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., for all inquiries.

If students are facing difficulties in writing and math courses, they can use academic support provided by Guelph-Humber. They can contact The Writing Centre if they need support with essay writing, thesis development, and improve their proofreading skills. Those who require assistance with calculus and statistics can contact The Math Centre for support in mathematics.

The Accounting Centre is also available to students who require support for their accounting courses. The Accounting Centre staff can provide support on a drop-in basis or develop a program plan to visit on a regular basis according to the student’s needs. Additionally, Humber college offers Guelph-Humber students peer tutoring services. Students can receive one-on-one support if they are facing challenges in specific courses.

Shannon Ho said, “The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre supports student wellness and accessibility to promote academic success at Humber. SWAC houses counselling services and health services in one center to enable support for students when necessary.” The Student Wellness and Accessibilities Centre offers professional services that are free of charge and confidentiality is ensured.

Child Care is available to Guelph-Humber students who require accommodations for their children while they are enrolled in full-time studies. Indigenous Education and Engagement provides services to support Indigenous students with their educational needs.

Students at the University of Guelph-Humber can connect with Student Services and the Academic Advising team if they require support on balancing full-time studies and work responsibilities. Academic and well-being resources are available to all students.