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Health and Wellness

Alexander College students are eligible for up to 10 free Health and Wellness Counseling sessions each calendar year. These sessions are designed to provide students with a safe, supportive, and confidential space in which to discuss issues that may be causing distress and personal struggle, and supportive ways to manage stress.

Alexander College’s Registered Clinical Counselors provides Health and Wellness Counseling services with the option of meeting in-office, or virtually. Students can choose the appointment type they prefer at the time of booking the appointment.

Please make a counseling appointment on the Jane App scheduling software by clicking the “Make an Appointment” button.

Make an Appointment

Appointment

Some examples of common issues that are discussed with a Health and Wellness Counselor include: Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Stress, Loneliness, Academic concerns, Adjustment to new surroundings.

In addition, the college provides workshops on topics such as stress management, body image, and healthy relationships. As well as providing referrals to off-campus resources for ongoing services.

What we offer

Workshops

As another part of our approach to Health and Wellness at Alexander College, we are able to schedule in workshops which deal with a variety of relevant and useful topics affecting students.

Current workshops include: School-Life Balance, Stress Management for Students, Test Anxiety, Emotional regulation, Home Sickness & Cultural Adjustment.

Health & Wellness will be hosting workshops for students on Mondays starting in February.

Workshops: Room 249 11:30 am-12:30 pm

  • Feb 12: Stress Management
  • Feb 26: Test Anxiety/Perfectionism
  • Mar 11: Emotional Regulation

Keep an eye out on our notice boards for dates, times, and locations of upcoming workshops, or simply email our Health and Wellness Counselor.

Here2Talk

Alexander College students can access free, 24/7 single session mental health support through phone or chat with Here2Talk. Students who use Here2Talk still have access to existing campus counselling services.

Download the Here2talk App: Apple App Store | Google Play

Telephone and Chat Support: Download Here2Talk Poster [PDF]

Here2Talk is an additional support service that offers the following features:

  • Confidential – Here2Talk is a confidential service. No one- including family, friends, or instructors- will know you have accessed these resources.
  • 24/7 call or chat – Here2Talk is available 24/7. You can reach a clinical counsellor through App or phone anytime of the day, from anywhere in the world!
  • Relationships
  • No appointments needed – You do not need to book an appointment. You can just use the App, call or use the website to immediately reach a counsellor.
  • Multiple Languages – You can request counselling and support in multiple languages, including French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Spanish, Arabic and more!

Students can reach out for support for issues like: Relationship Concerns, Isolation, Anxiety, Communication Skills, Homesickness, Loneliness, Depression/Low Mood, Stress, Time Management, Balancing Work & Life.

How does it work:

  1. You can talk to a counsellor either through phone or chat.
  2. Your call/chat will be answered by a clinical care representative, who will ask you some basic information about your identity and your needs. Your personal information will not be shared with Alexander College.
  3. You will be transferred to a clinical counsellor who will provide you with support.

You can access support in one of the following ways:

Download the free Here2Talk App on your phone (Apple Store or Google Play Store)

Call toll free number 1-877-857-3397 or 604-642-5212.

Visit www.here2talk.ca to chat with a counsellor online or browse student related resources.

The Learning Modules

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Self Help Resources

Apps

  • Headspace – Learn meditation and mindfulness, and choose from hundreds of guided meditations for managing stress, sleep, focus and mind-body health.
  • Healthy Minds – A problem solving tool that gives you access to a mood tracker, journal, problem solving guides, coping strategies, and breathing exercises.
  • Calm – gives you access to various guided meditations, mindfulness resources and relaxation sounds.
  • BellyBio – Helps you practice deep breathing by providing biofeedback and music in sync with your breathing.
  • Happify – Games and activities that help you overcome stress, negative thoughts and general challenges.
  • Mindshift – strategies to cope with anxiety and develop effective ways of thinking.
  • Moodmission – provides individually tailored activities to help you cope with life’s general challenges.
  • Sanvello – provides strategies for coping with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns.

Websites

  • Moodgym – Interactive self-help book regarding coping with depression and anxiety.
  • Get Self Help – Access to various free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy self help tools for anxiety, depression, disordered eating and ADHD.
  • Center for Clinical Interventions – Access to free self-help resources on variety of topics including anxiety, depression, procrastination and assertiveness.
  • KeltyKey – Assess to free self help courses focused on anxiety, chronic pain, complicated grief, depression, family support, insomnia, panic, and substance use.
  • Emotional Regulation – Access to worksheet for coping with overwhelming emotions.
  • Distress Toleranc e – Access to worksheets for coping with stressful situations.
  • BounceBack – free skill building program for coping with depression, anxiety, stress or worry.

Apps

  • Todoist – Allows you to organize your tasks, assignments and to do list.
  • Stay Focused – Allows you to block apps and websites to help you focus on your studies and task.
  • HabitBull – Allows you to build positive new habits.
  • Forest – An app that supports you in focusing on your tasks and decreasing distractions.
  • Google Calendar – Allows you to organize all your classes, extracurriculars and assignment deadlines across your phone and computer. You can also set up reminder emails/notifications to remind you of important deadlines.
  • Tide – a focus app that allows you to listen to calming sounds while completing assignments.
  • myHomework – a digital student planner that lets you track your classes, homework, tests and projects, so that you never forget an assignment!
  • Voice to Text – an android app that allows you to convert verbal information into text.

Websites

Apps

  • Insight Timer – Free guided meditation and relaxation sounds to help you sleep better, relax and focus.
  • Loóna – Relaxation activities to help you feel less stressed at night and get a good night sleep.
  • Alarmy – The alarm requires you to perform different tasks before you can shut the alarm off (For example: shaking it, solving a math problem, snapping a photo of a registered location or barcode scanning)

Websites

Apps

  • Recovery Warriors – Provides you with exercises for coping with food, dieting, exercise and body image concerns.
  • ParticipACTION app – Allows you to track your physical activity and win prizes.
  • My Fitness Pal – Allows you to record keep a food diary.
  • All Trials app – Allows you to browse and find a perfect hike, bike ride or trail.
  • myPlan App – A tool to help with safety decisions if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship.

Websites

  • BC Women’s Hospital CARE – Offers free pregnancy tests, information on pregnancy, abortion procedures and risks, and Post Abortion support.
  • HealthLink BC – Call 8-1-1 to speak to a healthcare professional who can help you get information about your health concerns.
  • MOSAIC – a non-profit organization that supports immigrants, refugees and migrants. They provide various online programs and counselling services.
  • Foundry – Access to health and wellness resources and support services for young people ages 12-24.
  • Medimap – See available walk in clinics and wait times, and book an appointment.
  • Web Smart Sex Resources – Learn about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), testing options, find clinics, or chat with a nurse online.
  • Sex & U – Learn about sexual and reproductive health.
  • Options for Sexual Health – Access resources, find clinics, or contact the anonymous phone line to talk about sexual health.
  • Here to help – Provides information and resources on managing substance use.
  • Quit Now (Smoking Cessation) – Provides tips, support and resources for those trying to quit smoking.
  • MindHealth BC – Access to an online assessment and finding resources to support your mental health.

Meet the Team

How to Contact

By Mail & Phone & Email

Burnaby Campus

Address

ACB Campus: 4805 Kingsway (Office 230)

ACV Campus: 100-6022 West hastings (Office 217)

Phone

604-558-6149

Address:ACB Campus: 4805 Kingsway (Office 230) ACV Campus: 100-6022 West hastings (Office 217)

Phone: 604-558-6149

Email: wlc@alexandercollege.ca

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Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.

Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.