Mental Health Services

College years can be times of growth and learning, life challenges and significant stress. The mental health and wellness team in the Campus Health and Wellness Centre is here to help you flourish during your time at college.

We are a multidisciplinary team of mental health and wellness professionals offering a range of services and supports. We are here to help you work through what is blocking you from your full potential by providing you with a safe and non-judgemental space.

Students commonly seek support for:

  • Anger/conflict
  • Time management and organization
  • Confidence and resilience
  • Coping with anxiety/stress/loss/grief
  • Decision-making
  • Feelings of depression, sadness and loneliness
  • Gender and sexuality issues
  • Life balance
  • Low energy and motivation
  • Positive thinking and perspectives
  • Psychiatric medication management
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem/body image
  • Self-harm/suicidal feelings
  • Setting goals
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Substance use

When students present with long-standing issues or require long-term support, the team makes appropriate referrals to other services within the college and/or to external resources in the community.

Contact Information

Oshawa Campus: We are located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, G1030 and can be reached by phone at 905.721.3037.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday to Friday – 8:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday closed

Student Residence: We are located in the South Village Residence Building, second-floor room 2023C. For students living in residence only, please contact 905.721.2000 ext. 8960 or email Louise.Stiles@durhamcollege.ca to book an appointment.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday closed

Whitby Campus: We can be reached by phone at 905.721.2000 ext. 4141

NOTICE:  The Campus Health and Wellness Centre (CHWC) remains open. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, making an appointment is recommended; walk-in appointments may be available. In addition, visitors are asked to please check-in with security upon arrival at the entrance with their completed Durham College COVID-19 Pre-Entry Screening Questionnaire (see here: https://ssbp.mycampus.ca/apex/r/banner/covid19-prescreen168/login, or download the DC app for access). These are protective measures for everyone in response to COVID-19.

Please note that COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are NOT available at our clinic. You can book your COVID vaccine on campus through Durham Region COVID-19 Vaccine Registration (https://covidvaccine.lh.ca/ or call: 905-7.21.4828) - booked appointments are then access through the Campus Ice Centre located at 2200 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4. If you have been tested for a COVID-19 infection, you will not be able to attend our clinic in person until we receive your test results indicating that you have tested negative.

When visiting the CHWC, you must bring both:

  • Your valid provincial Health Card (if you are an international student, bring your Morcare insurance number)
  • Your valid student ID

On first contact with Mental Health Services, you will be offered an initial appointment to help determine needs and answer questions around our services. Mental health services are currently available via telephone, Microsoft Teams, or by approved in-person appointment only.

Sometimes students need to speak with a professional for 1-2 sessions to help understand a specific problem. Short term connections can help resolve or reframe challenges.  Our team can help students understand the impact the problem is having on their life and talk through possible solutions. In a partnership, students and our team work together to promote positive change. Our team helps to inspire students to take-action towards personal excellence, focusing on the present as a springboard to improve the future, while developing new skills.

Our services help students achieve their greatest wellness by exploring their goals and concerns in a comfortable, private and non-judgmental setting.  Through subsequent sessions our team inspires students to take-action in new and creative ways, to help overcome obstacles as they arise.

Students are eligible for these services if currently registered. Services are free and confidential.

To book an appointment call Oshawa campus at 905.721.3037, Whitby campus at 905.721.2000 ext. 4141, or if living in Student Residence, call 905.721.2000 ext. 8960.

The CHWC offers psychotherapy; to learn more about our psychotherapy support services, or to book a Mental Health Triage appointment, please contact the clinic at 905.721.3037.

The CHWC offers addictions support; to learn more about our addiction support services, or to book a Mental Health Triage appointment, please contact the clinic at 905.721.3037.

In collaboration with The Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Science, Durham College is pleased to announce that in Fall 2021, the CHWC will offer CBT to students with depression, anxiety, and anxiety-related problems. CBT is referral-based; students interested in CBT should book a Mental Health Triage appointment for an initial assessment. To do so, please call the CHWC at 905.721.3037.

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed skills group provides students with support in emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness. This group is a collaboration between Durham College and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and will last up to 24 weeks.

Programming begins October 26th, 2021; weekly sessions will be conducted virtually on a Zoom platform, Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To book an appointment please contact the CHWC at 905.721.3037 for further details regarding the group and complete the Ontario shores referral. Upon booking, please request an appointment for DBT Skills group referral/Mental health nurses will be completing the referrals.

When students present with long-standing issues or require long-term support, the team makes appropriate referrals to other services within the college and/or to external resources in the community.

Get help anytime, or off campus by connecting with the following supports:

Good2Talk (24/7): This free, confidential helpline provides professional counselling and information as well as referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario.
Toll-free 1.866.925.5454
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I.M. Well (Student Assistance Plan) (24/7): Short for Integrated Mental Health & Wellness, I.M. Well is available to all DC students and their families, even after graduation.
Toll-free 1.877.554.6935
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Ontario 211 Community and Social Services Help Line (24/7): This is a free helpline and online database of Ontario’s community and social services.
Dial 211
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International Students:

Real Campus 24/7
1.877.390.7325
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Real Campus benefits are available for international students at Durham College.

International Durham College Students – Health Benefits Information:

For Durham College International Students, please visit: https://morcare.ca/.

 

Durham Distress Centre (24/7): Telephone counselling, crisis and suicide intervention and referral. 905.430.2522 or 1.800.452.0688

Ontario Shores Crisis Line (24/7): 1.800.263.2679

Durham Rape Crisis Centre (24/7): 905.668.9200

Durham Region Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Care Centre (Lakeridge Health) (24/7): Crisis line providing counselling and referrals for sexual assault victims, all ages. 905.576.8711

Pinewood Centre for Addictions Crisis Line (24/7): 1.888.881.8878

Telephone

Durham Mental Health Services Crisis Access Linkage Line / Mobile Services: Short term crisis beds, visits and free and confidential support line for individuals 16+ with a history of mental illness.

905.666.0483 or 1.800.742.1890
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ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services: Text is available from your mobile phone from 2pm to 2am daily and is accessed by dialing 258258. You will need to complete a pre-chat survey and agree to terms and conditions of service and a responder will be available to you.

Talk4Healing: Culturally grounded crisis line for Indigenous women.
1.888.200.9997

LGBTQ Prideline Durham Helpline: 1.855.87.PRIDE(77433)

Drug & Alcohol Helpline: 1.800.565.8603

Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline: 1.888.230.3505

DCSI Outreach Services: Outreach Services supports an inclusive, anti-oppressive, and positive environment for all students. Outreach is focused on equality, equity, and diversity within the campus community and beyond.

Apps

MindShift: Will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle challenging situations.
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HealthyMinds: Is a problem-solving tool to help you with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus.
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Informative Websites

Canadian Mental Health Association Durham:
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Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) – Learning About Mental Health:
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Community Care Durham COPE Mental Health Services:
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Centre for Addictions and Mental Health:
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Crisis Service Canada - The Canada Suicide Prevention Service:
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Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns

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Mental Illness and Disorders

People can experience different types of mental illnesses or disorders, and they can often occur at the same time. Mental illnesses can occur over a short period of time or be episodic. This means that the mental illness comes and goes with discrete beginnings and ends. Mental illness can also be ongoing or long-lasting.

There are more than 200 classified External types of mental illness. Some of the main types of mental illness and disorders are listed below; however, this list is not exhaustive.

People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread or terror. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorders, and phobias.

Anxiety Canada: 
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Ted Talk: How to Cope with Anxiety – Olivia Remes
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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood mental disorders. It can continue through adolescence and adulthood. People diagnosed with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada: 
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TedTalk: This is What It’s Really Like to Live with ADHD – Jessica McCabe
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Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors in children that last for at least 6 months and cause problems in school, at home, and in social situations.  Behavioral symptoms can also continue into adulthood.

 

While bad moods are common, and usually pass in a short period, people suffering from mood disorders live with more constant and severe symptoms. People living with this mental illness find that their mood impacts both mental and psychological well-being, nearly every day, and often for much of the day.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults suffer from some type of mood disorder, with the most common conditions being depression and bipolar disorder. With proper diagnosis and treatment, most of those living with mood disorders lead healthy, normal and productive lives. If left untreated, this illness can affect role functioning, quality of life and many long-lasting physical health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

Mood Disorders Society of Canada: 
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Ted Talk: Confessions of A Depressed Comic – Kevin Breel
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Ted Talk: What is Bipolar Disorder – Helen Farrell
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Eating disorders involve obsessive and sometimes distressing thoughts and behaviors, including

  • Reduction of food intake
  • Overeating
  • Feelings of depression or distress
  • Concern about weight, body shape, poor self-image

Common types of eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

National Initiatives for Eating Disorders: 
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Ted Talk: Removing the Stigma of Talking About Eating Disorders – Gabrielle Bernstein
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People with personality disorders have extreme and inflexible personality traits that cause problems in work, school, or social relationships. Personality disorders include antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Personality Disorders: 
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Ted Talk: Borderline Talks Back – Coral More
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A person can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, physical abuse, or a serious accident. PTSD can make someone feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. People with PTSD may experience symptoms like reliving the event over and over, sleep problems, become very upset if something causes memories of the event, constantly looking for possible threats, and changes in emotions like irritability, outbursts, helplessness, or feelings of numbness.

Anxiety Canada: 
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Ted Talk: We are NOT Broken, PTSD – San Pao
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People with psychotic disorders hear, see, and believe things that aren’t real or true. They may also show signs of disorganized thinking, confused speech, and muddled or abnormal motor behavior. An example of a psychotic disorder is schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia may also have low motivation and blunted emotions.

Schizophrenia Society of Canada: 
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Ted Talk: I Am Not A Monster, Schizophrenia – Cecilia McGough
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Substance use disorders occur when frequent or repeated use of alcohol and/or drugs causes significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. Substance use problems can be fatal to the user or others. Examples include drunk driving fatalities and drug overdoses.

Mental illnesses and substance use disorders often occur together. Sometimes one disorder can be a contributing factor to or can make the other worse. Sometimes they simply occur at the same time.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn About Mental Health - Mental Health - CDC. cdc.gov. (2018). Retrieved 16 June 2021, from https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm.).

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