While some people view the New Year as a chance for transformation, many of us are just not feeling it this year. The pandemic rages on, and the weather zigzags between Freezing Cold™ and Slightly Less Cold™. But while this is indeed our reality right now, please know that you are not alone. We are experiencing these things collectively, and we can remain resilient by reaching out to one another. This semester, we encourage you to “Be Kind to Your Mind” and check out some of the supports that Medicine Hat College has to offer:
Our college’s Mental Health and Counselling team offers support to students in the form of one-on-one counselling sessions. These sessions are completely free and confidential. Each student can access up to six sessions per semester, and should you need more you will be provided guidance on how to access other free programs within the city.
To schedule your first session, simply visit the advising desk or call 403-529-2819. Drop-in appointments are also available on Walk-in Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (visit or call the advising desk as early as possible to secure a spot).
Note: All counselling sessions for the Winter 2022 semester will take place online. Should you need access to a computer and a private space you can visit the Library to book a solo study room for your appointment.
Chaplain George works at MHC as a spiritual guide to students, staff, and faculty. No matter your beliefs or religion, Chaplain George is available to speak to you in-person and remotely. What can you talk to him about? Anything from spirituality and world religions, stress, grief, homesickness, and just existing in this complicated world.
You can book appointments with Chaplain George by visiting the Chaplaincy webpage and clicking BOOK ONLINE. The Interfaith Centre is also available to reserve for prayer, group worship, and other spiritual activities. These reservation requests must be submitted to Facility Bookings prior to the 15th of the previous month.
The Student at Risk Support Team (SARS) is available to offer support to students who may be experiencing personal challenges, mental health issues, or academic struggles. If you know someone who may be at risk, please do not hesitate to contact SARS. Early intervention can reduce the chance of crises – never worry that you are overreacting!
Please be aware, SARS is not an emergency service. In case of emergency, call 911.
If solo reflection is more your style, our library holds books and online resources related to all sorts of mental health topics. You can browse our online reading list or check out our in-person displays on campus!
Please don’t think twice about accessing any of these resources if you feel at all stressed this semester. College is hard, and you are accomplishing amazing things simply by being here. Have fun, study hard, but most of all be kind to your mind.