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Counselling Services

Counselling services and supports are inclusive, confidential, and available to all RDC students free of charge.

What is Mental Health?

Students experience a variety of stressors and challenges that are particular to academic life. When considering these demands in a larger context mental health can become an area of struggle for many students.

Find information and resources on some of the most common issues college students may experience:


Covid-19 Wellness

Depression & Suicide 

General Wellness

Indigenous Student Wellness

International Student Wellness

LBGTQ+ Student Wellness


Self-Image & Self-Improvement

Stress & Self-Care

Substance Use & Addiction 

Virtual Mental Health First Aid Kit

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What is Mental Health?

Mental health is the ability of individuals to think, feel, and act in ways that enhance their ability to enjoy and cope with day-to-day life. Positive mental health means creating a balance among all aspects of an individual’s life including the social, physical, spiritual, economic, and mental.

The Dual Continuum Model of Mental Health and Mental Illness is widely recognized in organizations and institutions across Canada. It portrays that mental health and mental illness are not mutually exclusive, as an individual with a mental illness can experience positive mental health, while an individual without a mental illness can experience poor mental health (CMHA Onatario, 2017; Keyes, 2011; Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006).

Alberta 211

Individuals can call, text, or live chat 211 if they are in need of mental health support, can't pay pills, don't know who to talk to, can't afford food, or don't have a place to stay. 

Alberta Mental Health Hotline


This is a toll-free 24/7 telephone service, which offers help for mental health concerns for Albertans. It is a confidential, anonymous service that includes crisis intervention, information about mental health programs and services, referrals to other agencies if needed. 


Online support and resources include; a free and anonymous mental health assessment, various tools with solutions to encourage mental wellness, an opportunity to create a personalized action plan and access to online video counselling.