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Creative connections

Catch up with our conversations from our February 2021 Creative Connections campaign, which foregrounded meaningful relationships in times of change. 


Making friends with Dr. Miriam Kirmayer

Dr. Miriam Kirmayer and Concordia psychologist Dr. Jade-Isis Lefebvre discuss taking the leap when initiating new friendships, breaking the ice and normalizing the uncertainty of forming new connections. 

Dr. Miriam Kirmayer is a clinical psychologist and leading friendship expert who has studied the science of friendship and social connection for over a decade. Her work focuses on helping others navigate life transitions, cultivate resilience and self-compassion, and build stronger relationships with the people who matter most.

Relationships & sexuality

Bridging gaps in intimacy with Dr. Laurie Betito

We talk with Dr. Laurie Betito about how to bridge the gap when we feel our sex drives changing, or if we find we have different sex drives than a partner. Dr. Laurie gives us strategies to navigate conversations about sex with compassion - for ourselves and our partner(s). 

Dr. Laurie Betito is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in sexual health and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. During her 30+ year career she has hosted her own television show, a nightly radio show for 22 years, and has authored a book (The Sex Bible for People Over 50). She is a regular contributor to various radio stations, blogs, podcasts, and TV stations.

Dr. Betito's book recommendation

  • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Sue Johnson
  • Attached, by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, by Esther Perel
  • Sex education books by Lou Paget

Find more resources about safer sex and sexual health at Concordia.


Mentorship with Michael Assiamah

Wellness Coordinator Jillian Richie and Michael Assiamah discuss how to find mentors that share our values and the importance of thinking critically when looking for advice and guidance. 

Michael Assiamah is the founder and CEO of Support & Growth, a leading provider of culturally sensitive mental health and wellness services and integrated employee wellbeing solutions. Support & Growth aims to promote accessibility and address the barriers that prevent black, racialized and minority groups from accessing services and experiencing positive outcomes. 

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Counsellor conversations

Join Concordia Counsellors for workshops, conversations, resources and more addressing topics of wellness, connection, self-care and support. 

Staying on Top of Your Sleep

Join Health Promotion Specialist Gaby Szabo and Psychologist Dr. Jewel Perlin to learn more about achieving a good night's sleep. You will learn about healthy habits and techniques to improve your sleep and enhance your overall well-being and performance.

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Check-in: Relationships during COVID-19

Concordia Counsellor Dr. Jade-Isis Lefebvre talks about romantic relationships within the context of COVID-19. How do we manage increased distance or closeness during this time? How can we talk about issues of loneliness? 

Conversation: Self-care during COVID-19

Concordia Counsellors Florence and Jade have a conversation about taking care of ourselves during uncertain times. Topics include developing routines that work for you, managing your sleep schedule, techniques for mindfulness, and practicing self-compassion. 

Workshop: Happiness and Self-Care

Explore the PERMA Model of positive psychology in the Happiness and Self-Care Workshop, narrated by Concordia Counsellor Sonia Papakonstantinou.

Active listening

Peer Wellness Ambassadors

Wellness Ambassadors are Concordia students trained in active listening and peer support. Drop-in to regular Zen Lounges and Study with Me sessions for active listening and support. 

Concordia Students' Nightline

Anonymous, confidential, non-judgemental listening service run by Concordia students for those in need of aid, support, or just to talk.

New temporary number: (438) 812-6484
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights: 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Vent over Tea

Book a virtual Vent Session for free and confidential active listening service to promote mental wellness and connection.

Be There from

Be there for others in your life with active listening resources from

Find balance

FutureBound Growth and Balance workshops

Explore your strengths to enhance your relationships, academic and career aspirations, and find balance with Concordia's FutureBound. 

Personalized Healthy Living Counselling at Concordia

Book a remote appointment with a Health Promotion Specialist to set and achieve your health goals!

Online Healthy Living resources from Concordia Health Services

Find reliable information and resources to you live a healthier life.

CU at Home workouts

Stay active at home with Concordia Recreation! Workouts are updated weekly. 

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support Portal

University at Buffalo: Self-care assessment


Concordia Multi-faith & Spirituality virtual events

All Concordia students and recent graduates are welcome at regular events hosted by the Multi-faith and Spirituality Centre, including Coversation Cafés and a Virtual Lounge. 

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