Mental health support

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UCalgary students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars, get connected to mental health supports and resources.




Faculty and staff


Postdoctoral scholars

Local and national mental health resources

Crisis and distress resources

For local 24/7 mental health support, call Distress Centre at 403-266-4357 to speak with a highly trained volunteer who can connect you to further resources.

For Canadians aged 5-29, Kids Help Phone operators are professional counsellors, call 1-800-668-6868 to access or text CONNECT to 686868. To access the support you need in the country you reside in, visit the Child Helpline International website.

Alberta Mental Health Help Line is a confidential 24/7 service that provides support, information and referrals to Albertans experiencing mental health concerns. Call 1-877-303-2642 (toll free) to access.

Wood’s Homes Community Support has call and text services, visit their website for more information for how to connect to a trainee counsellor or social worker.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call or text 9-8-8, where you will be connected with responder who will listen to you, support you, and keep you safe.       

For Indigenous peoples, Hope for Wellness Helpline is operated 24/7 by experienced and culturally sensitive counsellors. Call 1-855-242-3310 to be connected or chat online.

Additional resources

Community Connect YYC connects Calgary's communities with affordable and barrier-free access to in-person, phone or video counselling sessions. Learn more.

Wellness Together Canada offers support for mental health and/or substance use. Connect with a trailed counsellor, free of charge. For adult phone counselling call 1-866-585-0445. For youth counselling, supported through Kids Help Phone, call 1-888-668-6810. If you're unsure of what you need, call 1-866-585-0445 to reach a program navigator. Please note this service will no longer be available as of April 3, 2024.

Experiencing sexual or gender-based violence?

  • If you, or anyone you know, is in immediate danger, call 911.
  • Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support at UCalgary: This team can connect you with services, inform you of your rights, talk through your options, or just listen. Learn more.
  • Alberta's One Line: Call or text 1-866-403-8000 for advice and support regarding experiences of sexual violence. 
  • Family Violence Helpline: 24/7 support: 403-234-7233, toll-free: 1-866-606-7233
  • The Awo Taan Emergency Shelter: 24/7 crisis line: 403-531-1972 or 403-531-1976 
  • Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse: Call 403-237-5888 for support and information.

Concerned about substance abuse and addiction?

  • UCalgary recovery community (UCRC): The UCRC is an inclusive, peer-driven space that supports all pathways to recovery, building commmunity and reducing stigma on campus. Connect to events and peer suppor, learn more.
  • Alberta Health Services Addiction Helpline: Call 1-866-332-2322 for advice and service referral for adults and youth requiring addiction support, translation services available. Available 24 hours.
  • Alcoholics AnonymousFind an online meeting.
  • Al-AnonFind an online meeting, or contact Calgary Al-Anon Information Service by calling 403-266-5850. Available 24 hours.

More campus resources

UCalgary provides a variety of mental health supports to maintain connection with our community. 

Faith and Spirituality Centre

A wide range of online program offerings are available for those who want to connect with spirit. Chaplains are also available to connect. 

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Grief and loss

Gain an understanding of various experiences of grief and loss. Build skills and find support for yourself and others.

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Women's Resource Centre

Ongoing peer support is available through Zoom. To access peer support online, enter via the WRC's zoom link/virtual desk or e-mail to arrange a time.

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