Support for Faculty and Staff

Enhance your mental health with these supports

  1. Staff Wellness

    Staff Wellness leads a number of programs, resources and services, to help promote, support, and sustain the health and wellness of faculty and staff at UCalgary.

  2. Employee and Family Assistance

    UCalgary's Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides well-being support for benefit-eligible employees. Services provided include short-term professional counselling and are confidential. You and your eligible dependents have access to EFAP at no cost to you. 

    Call toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to book appointments or access immediate help.

    Phone: 1.866.424.0699
    TTY: 1.877.338.0275

    Any employees who currently have a case with previous UCalgary EFAP vendors will continue to receive support from that provider until the sessions are completed. For any future assistance, reach out to the toll-free phone number listed above.

Contact HR to confidentially ask questions or get direction and support regarding your employment, special leaves, benefits or payroll and other related inquiries.

  1. Resources

    For additional crisis and off campus resources.

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.