As you may know, in response to the evolving concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, Laurentian University has taken the precaution of moving all face-to-face classes to remote delivery for the remainder of the winter term.
We appreciate that this can be a very challenging time for you and our office is here to help and support you.
In keeping with Public Health directives for social distancing in order to reduce the spread of the virus, Counselling Services will be offering appointments via telephone, effective immediately.
- All clients with confirmed booked appointments will be sent an email explaining next steps and process. To maintain an appointment, your counsellor will simply telephone you at your designated appointment time; you may also opt to cancel and reschedule at a later date;
- If you do not have an appointment and would like to schedule one, please contact us at 1-800-461-4030 ext: 6506 or at 705-673-6506, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be monitoring our messages regularly and will follow-up with you as soon as we are able. We do appreciate your concerns are time sensitive.
- Our walk-in hours are closed, however you may call 705-673-6506 during office hours (9:00-4:30 pm ). Counsellors will remain available for follow-up. We will determine the best way to support your needs and direct you to the most appropriate service or resources.
Additional counselling/crisis/support lines you can reach out to include:
- 1-866-925-5454: All students can access 24/7.
- You can also access Good2Talk's 24/7 support via text by texting GOOD2TALKto 686868.
- Bounceback’s services are still accessible to students and all residents of Ontario
- Big White Wall
- Big White Wall is another online peer-to-peer support community which is a great tool for students.
- Crisis Intervention Services
- 127 Cedar St, Sudbury
- ● keep.meSAFE
- ● WellTrack
- FREE for all Laurentian Students
- ● ConnexOntario
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- Resource Hub: Mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic
Focusing on the Facts:
What is counselling?
Counsellors listen and work with you to address personal issues and mental health concerns that may be interfering with your success as a student. We offer a range of services to promote effective learning, growth and personal development.
All meetings with counsellors are confidential. Your record is not part of University records and will not be released without your consent, except in extenuating circumstances. Only team members involved in supporting you will access your information.
What to expect during your first visit
Allow for 30 to 45 minutes for your first visit with a counsellor as we will:
- provide information about what to expect from the counselling process;
- discuss your presenting issues and concerns;
- develop a plan with you for counselling and/or referral to services on or off campus which best meet your needs.
Walk-in Individual Counselling
If you are experiencing a situation where you need urgent assistance but do not have a scheduled appointment, counsellors will meet with individual drop-in clients Monday to Friday, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Appointments generally occur on a first-come, first-served basis with the last appointment at 2:15 p.m.
Workshops and Group Counselling
When available, students may access these services to share experiences, learn new perspectives, and experiment with new behaviours, wellness skills and resiliency adaptations for university life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Confidential, short-term counselling services are offered free of charge to all currently enrolled students.
There are a few ways that you can book a counselling appointment. You can contact the Student Life Intake Coordinator by calling 705-673-6506 or by e-mailing email@example.com, or you can book an appointment in person Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you anticipate the need to miss an appointment, please notify us as soon as possible. Except in emergency situations, it is your responsibility to inform the counsellor or the Student Life Intake Coordinator at least 24 hours in advance so that the time can be made available to others. Please note that if you do not attend your appointment, you may have to wait until the next available appointment with your counsellor due to the high volume of request for counselling services on campus.
It is helpful if you come prepared with specific concerns or problems that you would like to discuss. It can also be helpful if you have a specific goal that you would like to achieve during your sessions.
If you would like more information about counselling services, you are invited to schedule a 15 minute appointment with a counsellor, who will explain the services that are available and answer any questions you may have.