Check in with yourself, with resources you can use on your own time.
These resources can help you understand yourself better and offer strategies to manage everyday mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues and substance use.
Need additional support? You can always reach out along the way.
Please note: These resources are made available by third parties who have no relationship with Concordia. It is your sole responsibility to review and accept any terms of service and privacy policies prior to use (such as the apps and tracking tools). Concordia is not responsible for your use of third-party resources or for the actions of those who are responsible for them.
CAMH Multi-lingual resources: Multi-language information on mental illness to people for whom English is not a first language and professionals who work with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
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. 24/7, English, Canada and U.S.: Text HOME to 686868.
Tracom: Services for people in crisis, as well as their loved ones and caregivers. Includes telephone support, temporary housing, follow-up, and more. Part of the Crisis Centres of Québec. 24/7, English and French, Montreal: Call 514-483-3033.
Connect with a professional for free, short-term counselling. These services also provide online resources and wellness tracking tools.
EmpowerMe: Undergraduate students enrolled in the Concordia Student Union health plan can connect 24/7 with a number of professionals with various domains of expertise, including psychology, psychotherapy, social work, nutrition, etc. 24/7, Multi-lingual: Call 1-833-628-5589.
Wellness Together Canada: Provides free short-term counselling with mental health professionals, online educational resources, tools, connections to trained volunteers, group coaching, group mindfulness practice and more. Register online and complete a short survey to find resources tailored to you. This service is funded in part by the Government of Canada. 24/7, English and French, Canada: Youth text WELLNESS to 686868; adults text WELLNESS to 741741; or call 1-866-585-0445.
Connect with professionals and peers with expertise that is tailored to particular identities, needs or experiences. Services are specialized in breaking down systemic barriers to accessing care.
For all your options, make sure to review our entire list of services, many of which also offer explicitly culturally-competent and inclusive support.
Support for Indigenous peoples
Hope for Wellness Helpline: Offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. 27/7, English and French. On request, phone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut. Canada: Call 1-855-242-3310 or online chat.
Interligne: First response centre that provides help and information to those concerned with sexual orientation and gender diversity by phone, online chat and email. 24/7, English and French, Montreal-region: Call 514-866-0103. Toll-free: Call 1-888-505-1010.
Project 10: Anonymous listening line promotes the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersexed and questioning people, ages 14 to 25. Tuesday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m., English and French, Montreal-region: Call 514-989-4585.
Trans Lifeline: A grassroots hotline and non-profit organization offering direct support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. 24/7, English and Spanish, Canada: Call 1-877-330-6366. U.S.: Call 1-877-565-8860.
Support for multicultural, multi-lingual and racialized communities
Concordia Black Perspectives Office (BPO): Provides confidential and non-judgmental support to Concordia students who are navigating impacts of systemic racism, have been affected by anti-Black racial violence, and/or have concerns that intersect with racialization. The BPO team can explain the intervention options, offer culturally relevant support, and provide bridging and advocacy support in engaging other units if necessary. Email the office.
Multi-Écoute: Listening services in many languages, information and referral services, help filling out forms, translation and certification of documents, French and English courses, conversation workshops, integration workshops for immigrants and sociocultural activities. Multi-lingual, Montreal: Call 514-737-3604.
Vicky’s Support Line: A Black-led multilingual support line aiming to provide mental health support with a decolonial approach. Vicky’s is run by people like you who are trained to provide active listening under an anti-oppressive and anti-racist framework. Services are available in French, English, Haitian Creole and Wolof. Montreal. Schedule an appointment for a listening session.
Naseeha: Services available for everyone in North America, with a specific focus on Muslim youth. Receive immediate, anonymous and confidential support over the phone. 7 days a week, 12 p.m. - 12 a.m., English, Canada and U.S: Call 1-866-627-3342.
Linge parents: Support line specializing in parent-child relationships. Services are available by text, email and by phone. 7 days a week, 6 a.m. - 2 a.m., French, Quebec: Call 1-800-361-5085.
Speak to a trained peer in a non-judgmental and confidential setting. These services can help you articulate your feelings, troubleshoot a concern and can provide referrals and other resources as necessary. Peer supporters do not give advice or counselling.
Peer Wellness Ambassadors: Wellness Ambassadors are Concordia students, offering active listening services and events and activities to connect. Montreal, with remote services, students only.
Receive immediate support from a mental health practitioner
Tele-counselling services in Concordia's wider network of providers are free and available 24/7. These services can offer immediate short-term counselling by phone or video. Access is governed by Concordia’s health insurance plans. Tele-counselling is a great first step in addressing your mental health needs
For undergraduate students enrolled in the CSU health plan EmpowerMe 24/7, Multi-lingual: Call 1-833-628-5589.
For international students enrolled in the ISO BlueCross health plan
For all Concordia employees, as well as their spouses and dependant children Employee Assistance Program English: Call 1-800-663-1142. French: Call 1-866-398-9505
For anyone in Canada, funded in part by the Government of Canada Wellness Together Canada 24/7, English and French: Youth text WELLNESS to 686868; adults text WELLNESS to 741741; or call 1-866-585-0445.
Clinical providers at Concordia
If you are experiencing persistent mental health concerns or a challenging life situation, Concordia clinicians can provide short-term counselling, mental health assessments and treatment plans.
Please note that Counselling and Psychological Services accepts a limited number of new clients each week. As there may be wait times for services, we strongly encourage you to consider all mental health services available to you, including 24/7 tele-counselling lines which can provide immediate support.
Family doctors and psychiatrists work together to provide clinical assessment, diagnosis, and (if necessary) prescription and medication management. In many instances, a family doctor can address your clinical needs.
Concordia Health Services:Family doctors can provide mental health assessments, and if needed, refer to a psychiatrist for specific assessments and treatments. Available to students, staff and faculty.
Services in the community
Mental health clinics in the community can provide specialized services and longer-term support. Concordia’s health insurance plans offer coverage for many services. Please contact the external clinics directly for more information including rates and wait times.
Find a provider in the community
The following clinics offer sliding scale services according to income or reduced rates for students. Please consult their websites for more information about intake, wait-times, and rates.
Medipsy: Offers low fee service options, for example self-help programs with the assistance of a clinician, as well as psychotherapy provided by supervised interns.
The Lavender Collective: Regroups different providers from racialized communities in Montreal; caters to BIPOC communities.
Wellness Together Canada offers virtual support and accountability groups led by trained facilitators or counselors. There are groups that focus on mental health, addiction issues, general behaviour change, and more. After signing in, click on Tools and Programs, and filter for Support groups.
Y Mind Youth is a free seven-week mental wellness program for young people who are aged 18 to 30 and struggling with mild-to-moderate anxiety or stress. This free program brings young people who have similar thoughts and feelings together. Participants learn evidence-based skills from trained mental health professionals. They report feeling reduced anxiety, increased well-being and feeling less alone following the program. Open to everyone, including international students.
Lumino Health (within Canada):Find healthcare providers in your province or territory. Use of the search tool is free, but providers do charge fees for their services.
Insurance coverage for mental health services
Concordia’s health insurance plans offer coverage for mental health services. Please review your plan for more information.
The links below provide validated questionnaires that can help you identify if you or someone you care about may have a problem with substance misuse. If you score +, or if doing the screening raises any questions or concerns, book an appointment with a Health Services nurse, or see the resources below for support.
Check out your drinking with the AUDIT self-test: A quick self-screening that will give you feedback and tailored advice.
The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10): A quick self-screen that focuses on drug-use (not including alcohol or tobacco); for example, using medications in a way that is different from the instructions, and any non‐medical use of drugs.
Comparing your behaviour to reliable guidelines can also help you assess your substance use and gambling behaviour and make decisions about what you would like to do next.
Rethinking drinking from the National Institutes of Health: Research-based information that can help you examine your drinking habits and their effects on your health, and find ways to reduce your risks, or take steps to cut-down or quit.
Knowing Your Limits with Cannabis - A Practical Guide: This guide helps you think about your cannabis use, and provides you with information about cannabis. It has tips and tools that can help you reduce your cannabis use or help you address some of the health risks of using cannabis. From the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.
SMART Recovery tool box: Worksheets and exercises to help you self-manage your addiction recovery and your life. Based on developing cognitive thinking skills to support you through addiction recovery.
Foster Addiction Rehabilitation Centre: Specialized addiction rehabilitation services aim to prevent, reduce and treat the problems related to alcohol, drugs (including prescription medications), gambling, compulsive buying, and internet use. Services are open to English-speaking Montrealers and Montérégie residents. Several points-of-service.
Chabad Lifeline: Offers a full range of treatment options for people struggling with substance and behavioural addictions and their family members. Services are immediate and offered at no charge to those in need.
MUHC Addictions Unit: A hospital-based addictions service that provides a continuum of care for adults with drug/alcohol and mental health disorders, including inpatient and outpatient services.
Portage: Provides drug addiction rehabilitation treatment, based on the therapeutic community approach.
Concordia staff and faculty who are eligible for Health Benefits can access the University's Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program (employee sign-in is required on Cspace to access contact information)
Red Cross Psychological First Aid:This course equips learners in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief on others, with emphasis on self-care and personal protection.
AMI-Quebec: Offers free programming for people living with mental illness and those in their circle of support, including friends, family and partners. AMI-Quebec helps caregivers manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance and advocacy.
Be There - Jack.org: A comprehensive online resource for young people to learn how to support each other through mental health struggles, created in consultation with over 1,400 people from across Canada.
Conversation Starter: Information sheet to help youth support friends struggling with mental health, developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Game Changers, a program designed to help young people feel more comfortable talking about health, mental health, seeking help and supporting friends.
Supporting a student in distress: FAQ created by clinicians to help faculty respond to a student in need, including information about mental health services at Concordia, guidelines to compassionately respond to a student while maintaining the boundary of their role as professors.