If you are in crisis, please visit our crisis resources page.
Whether you have a diagnosis of a mental health condition or not, you can take steps to support your wellbeing. There are many on campus and community resources to support you. In addition to services, personal coping strategies are essential to academic and career success.
Check out this wide range of programs, services and activities available to you. Try something new today!
Some of this content has been adapted from the WRHA’s mental health website – Ways to Well-being.
Connect with a supportive person
- Connect with an on-campus professional counsellor for confidential personal counselling or support with accommodation planning.
- Chat via text with a trained peer listener 24/7 using your tablet, smart phone, or computer. Red River ReliefLine is a free, anonymous service available to all RRC students.
- Reach out to an instructor, friend, family member, or other supportive person in your community.
- Visit Recreation and Athletics to get involved with fitness classes (free for students), intramurals, or other physical activities.
- Go for a walk around campus. (Check out our maps of walking routes).
- Borrow a bicycle and take it for a ride.
- Look into active commuting
Connect with self-help organizations. If you experience difficulties with:
- Visit the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba.
- Mood (eg. Depression). Visit the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.
- Visit the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society.
- Body image or weight control behaviours. Visit the Provincial Eating Disorders Program.
- Alcohol or drug abuse. Visit Alcoholics Anonymous or Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.
Attend On-Campus Groups
- The Body Project. A body image improvement and eating disorder prevention program.
Use your benefits
- Student benefits cover services from registered massage therapists, Psychologists, and social workers (among others).
- The Employee and Family Assistance Plan (Lifeworks) provides a wide range of supports that can be explored online or at 1-877-207-8833; TTY 1-877-371-9978
- Login: rrcefap
- Password: efap
- Staff can request an ergonomic assessment to ensure their workspace is supporting their health and wellbeing.
Practice breathing and relaxation techniques
- Deep breathing. Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/v0WPiuMndP8
- Progressive muscle relaxation. Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/GZ9PHsbt-m4
- Visualization: https://youtu.be/TpN3IFxMu4E
- Mindfulness meditation. Check out this book.
- Visit a reflection room on campus for quiet space.
Check out the Healthy Minds Healthy College collection at the RRC Libraries.
Find the positive
- Write down 3 good things that have happened in our day
- Be around positive people
- Think kind thoughts toward yourself
- Be kind to others
- Do something you enjoy
- Connect with your feelings of purpose
- Pray or practice other spiritual rituals that are meaningful to you
- There are opportunities to explore indigenous culture and spirituality at RRC
- Volunteer or give back to your community in other ways
- There are opportunities to volunteer with Diversity and Intercultural Services at RRC
- Write, draw, bake, paint, or engage in any form of creative self-expression
RRC’s Counselling Services page has additional information about Managing Your Mental Wellness related to the following topics.