Mental Health

Mental Health

Looking for help? You’re not alone. The SSMU is committed to providing members of our community with accessible, culturally-safe, and inclusive wellness resources that students deserve. There is a wealth of health and well-being initiatives offered by McGill students, the University, and the larger Montreal community that we encourage all students to take advantage of. Your mental well-being matters and all students should feel empowered to explore how to cultivate a healthy mind and body during their time at McGill.

*If you or someone you care about is in a dangerous situation which requires urgent attention, please call 9-1-1, or go to your local hospital’s emergency room*

Campus and Community Mental Health Hotlines

Keep.meSAFE is a mental health counselling service that gives McGill students access to:

McGill Students’ Nightline
Nightline provides non-judgmental, anonymous, and confidential active listening available every night during the fall & winter semesters (including exams), from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

You can call them at 514-398-6246, or message them on their chatline from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

DIAL is a confidential, non-judgmental sexual assault helpline and walk-in service, providing listening and support to survivors, their peers, and their allies.

You can reach the hotline at 514-398-8500.

Their hours of operation are updated weekly on their website.

Suicide Action Montreal (SAM)
If you need help, fare worried about a loved one, or you are a person bereaved by suicide, you can reach SAM at 1-866-APPELLE (277-3553) anywhere in Quebec.

They also offer a 24-hour support service at 514 723-4000.

Student-Run Organizations and Resources

The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach.

Peer Support Center
A student-run initiative through the SSMU, the Center provides a welcoming space where you can share your experiences, feel listened to, and find ways to resolve the things you are going through. Non-judgemental, always confidential.

Eating Disorder Resource and Support Centre (EDRSC)
The EDRSC’s student volunteers have received training in active listening, peer mental health support, eating disorders and disordered eating, and anti-oppressive practices. The EDRSC provides students with support groups as well as drop-in services.

McGill Student Services

Healthy Living Annex
A space on the third floor of the Brown Building dedicated to outreach, health promotion, and peer support activities.

Student Wellness Hub
The Wellness Hub provides students with physical and mental health services. It offers a team of doctors (general practitioners), nurses, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers, and dietitians, as well health promotion and outreach staff.

The Hub is located in the Brown Building, 3rd floor (3600 McTavish Street) and can be reached at 514-398-6017.

Local Wellness Advisors (LAWs)
LWAs are trained clinicians who can orient and connect you with the appropriate resources for your unique situation. LWAs can familiarize you with the many health and wellness supports that are available to you on campus. They can also equip you with tools and resources to take charge of your mental health.

McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL) Wellness Resources
Cultivating wellness in all areas – including your inner, spiritual side – can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed during your busy university career.

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) Student Resources
The OSD provides those experiencing academic or physical barriers with accommodations ranging from exam accommodations, note taking support, learning resources, peer-to-peer supports, and assistive technology.

First Peoples’ House Student Community and Cultural Support
The mission of the First Peoples’ House is to provide First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students attending McGill with a “home away from home,” where they can find support and encouragement to succeed in their studies and remain connected to their culture. They emphasize and create opportunities for Indigenous students to engage in meaningful community and cultural support networks.

Other Resources

Guide to Menstrual Cycles & Mental Health

This guide offers lots of helpful information on the link between menstrual cycles and mental health and how mood, sleep, and energy levels are affected during periods, understanding premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and its more severe form premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – their physical and emotional effects, what to look out for, and how PMS and PMDD symptoms mimic other mental health conditions. It also contains useful self-care tips and wellbeing advice during your cycle – how the right diet, exercise, emotional and stress management practices help, and other useful advice and resources for women.

Contact Us

Mental Health Commissioners

Vice-President (Student Life)