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Resources for those affected by the earthquakes

February 13, 2023

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Everyone in the Concordia community, especially those of us with connections to Syria and Türkiye, is very troubled by news of the devastation brought about by the earthquakes. 

We are particularly saddened by the tragic loss of life of so many people. We are thinking about the thousands of injured survivors, and we stand together with all those who are suffering and whose lives have been touched by this tragedy.

Since the earthquakes, we reached out to assist students from Türkiye and Syria studying at Concordia.

For members of our community affected by these events: if you need someone to talk to, there are people ready and available to listen.

Resources for students

Phone, text and video support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Crisis text line: Text with a volunteer trained in crisis response from a secure online platform to help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. English, Canada and U.S.: Text HOME to 686868.
EmpowerMe: If you are enrolled in the Concordia Student Union health plan, you can connect with professionals with various domains of expertise, including psychology, psychotherapy, social work, and more. Multi-lingual: Call 1-833-628-5589.
inConfidence: If you are an international student (undergraduate or graduate) insured with the ISO BlueCross health plan, you can connect with counselling and online wellbeing resources.
Chat: User ID: Concordiaiso (case sensitive); Password: inconfidence
Call 1-877-418-2181 / TTY: 1-877-371-9978
App: Lifeworks (Google Play/Apple)
Wellness Together Canada: Provides free short-term counselling with mental health professionals, online tools and resources. You can register online and complete a short survey to find resources tailored to you. English and French, Canada: Youth text WELLNESS to 686868; adults text WELLNESS to 741741; or call 1-866-585-0445.

As a reminder, staff at these key resources on campus can also offer support:  

Resources for faculty and staff

All Concordia employees and their immediate family have free, 24/7 access to our Employee Assistance Program, which provides a broad range of counselling services in English and French.

We encourage instructors to provide accommodations — when possible — to students who might have a difficult time meeting their academic requirements as a result of this situation.

We realize these are very difficult times. Please do not hesitate to access our available resources if you need support.

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