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Wellness

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We care about your well-being. As a complex individual it is important to take care of yourself in multiple ways.  At Ambrose we provide multiple options for support so you can access help when you need it and resources to support you on wellness journey.

Tracey Urquhart MA, BA
Wellness Coordinator
Telephone: 403-410-2925
Email: tracey.urquhart@ambrose.edu
wellness@ambrose.edu
Location: Student Life, Second Floor, A2014

Ambrose provides a number of options for counselling services. Ambrose counsellors provide in-person and online options. 

In a crisis? Need immediate support? Ambrose has support on campus and resources for off campus/after hour support.

All Ambrose students have access to free online mental health and wellness platforms.  24/7/365 support is available.  Download the app or access the online support.

The Peer Health Team is made up of Ambrose students who help to raise awareness around mental health and wellness.  

What is mental health and wellness?

Wellness is actively practicing healthy habits in order to attain better health outcomes in all areas of our lives.  These practices can be related to mental health, physical health, spiritual health, and social health among other holistic dimensions.  The outcome is that instead of just surviving, by practicing healthy habits, we begin thriving. The World Health Organization defines mental health as a "state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

What is mental illness or a mental health problem?

"Mental illnesses are health problems that affect the way we think about ourselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around us. They affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Mental illnesses can disrupt a person’s life or create challenges, but with the right supports, a person can get back on a path to recovery and wellness" (Canada Mental Health Association). Mental illnesses are  diagnosed by a psychologist or health care professional and can include things like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and so on. Wellness practices can help to improve well-being for those living with a mental illness.

What should I do if I'm struggling with my mental health?

You are not alone.  1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem in any given year.  There are supports available to you at Ambrose.  Book with one of our counsellors, connect with the Wellness Coordinator or a Peer Health Educator.  Check out the resources through the IM Well app and contact your family doctor. While you may feel like you are alone, there are people here who understand and can walk with you and support you. Are you thinking about suicide? If you have an existing diagnosis, or have been noticing that it has been impacting your academic work, we recommend you get in touch with Student Academic Success.

How can I support someone who is struggling with their mental health?

If you notice someone on campus who is struggling with their mental health, we encourage you to connect with them and offer them your support. If you believe they are in need of immediate support, please connect with the Wellness Coordinator, a Student Life staff member, , or call the Distress Centre at 403.266.HELP (4357). Check out Be There by Jack.org for tips on how to offer support to a friend.

Ambrose strives to be a campus free from Gender Based Violence and Sexual Violence.  If you have experienced any form of sexual violence, you will find support at Ambrose.  Ambrose has staff and faculty trained to receive disclosures and to support students who have experienced sexual violence.  Community and Campus resources are available to help.

Resources are available in the Calgary region.  Find out how you can access help for medical and mental health emergencies, counselling, assistance with addictions, domestic violence, eating disorders, pregnancy support and other services.

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