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:
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).
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.
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.
Red Deer College Counselling Services
100 College Boulevard
PO Box 5005
Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5
Counselling Services Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
*extended hours on Wednesday until 6 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday,
and all Statutory Holidays
Red Deer College recognizes that our campus is situated on Treaty 7 land, the traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda peoples, and that the central Alberta region we serve falls under Treaty 6, traditional Métis, Cree and Saulteaux territory. We honour the First Peoples who have lived here since time immemorial, and we give thanks for the land where RDC sits. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.
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