Mental Health During COVID-19

Receive mental health support remotely—available to students, faculty and staff who need it.

Your reaction is your reaction

Everyone is going to react differently to the occurrence and changing circumstances involving COVID-19. Recognize that your reaction and emotions are okay, and there may be a range of responses to this situation. It's common to feel stress or anxiety in a time of uncertainty.

Take it one day at a time

Things are changing on a day to day basis, and you may be questioning what this means for your daily life. It's okay that you have not quite adjusted to the balance of getting your work done with the competing challenges of the others in your home. It's okay to be fearful of yourself or your loved ones contracting the virus, and to have trepidation over economic implications, and what this means for the future. 

Seek support

Although feeling stress in this situation is normal, support is available if you want to discuss how you are feeling. Additionally, if fear or stress is impacting your ability to participate or complete daily tasks and activities, you should seek further support.

Support for students

Support for faculty and staff


Mental health tips for working from home

5 ways to take care of your mental health during this uncertain time. 



Webinar: Coping through the crisis 

Many of us are experiencing increased anxiety, fear and stress related to COVID-19. UCalgary’s Dr. Keith Dobson shares expert advice on coping and thriving during this challenging time.

Academic mental health

Tips for researchers and academics

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning on how academics can stay well while working remotely.

The campus community needs assessment is here to help. Take the survey

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Summer Wellness Series

Take part in a series of wellness webinars this summer offering important mental health tools to build resilience and compassion through the COVID-19 crisis.

Learn more and register

Living with domestic or dating violence?

  • If you, or anyone you know, is in immediate danger, call 911.
  • 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?

  • 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 Anonymous: Find an online meeting.
  • Al-Anon: Find an online meeting, or contact Calgary Al-Anon Information Service by calling 403-266-5850. Available 24 hours.

More campus resources

UCalgary continues to provide upstream mental health supports to maintain connection with your 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 remotely.  

Learn more

Women's Resource Centre

Ongoing peer support is available through Zoom/Skype appointments. Contact WRC by email.

Learn more

Leadership and Student Engagement

Students can engage with a range of interactive online activities to stay social and connected to the UCalgary community.

Learn more

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