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Wellness Advising Services

The life of adult learners is very demanding. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed at times. Work and family life can certainly compound this. We are here to help. We offer free 1-on-1 meetings with a mental health professional (Local Wellness Advisor – LWA) during which they will conduct an assessment, provide a brief intervention, and develop a plan based on your needs.

LWAs are trained mental health clinicians embedded within faculties and services to orient and connect you with the appropriate support resource – on-campus or off-campusfor your unique situation.



lisa.tomlinson [at] (Lisa Tomlinson) (she/her/elle)

Local Wellness Advisor

School of Continuing Studies



Meet Lisa Tomlinson (she/her), the Local Wellness Advisor (LWA) for the School of Continuing Studies

  • Lisa is a mental health clinician who has 15 years of experience providing support and guidance to individuals and groups. She has worked across academic, community, and private practice settings with students and young adults.
  • Lisa’s role involves empowering learners to overcome challenges that arise during their academic journey. This includes developing short-term wellness goals and connecting learners to resources on and off campus, providing psychoeducational and skills-based workshops, outreach and wellness promotion, and individual one-on-one appointments.
  • Lisa’s office can be found on the 11th floor of 680 Sherbrooke, room 1134.


Meet with a Local Wellness Advisor


 Your First Session

LWA appointments are different from appointments with a counsellor in that LWAs have a deeper knowledge and understanding of your experience as a School of Continuing Studies learner. Appointments are up to 90 minutes long, including time to complete intake forms. You can book your appointment online.

During a consultation appointment, your LWA will:

  1. Conduct an assessment.
  2. Develop a wellness plan based on your needs.
  3. Provide you with guidance, information, and coaching.

Other Mental Health Resources


KeepMeSafe is available 24/7/365 days per year, anywhere in the world. It is free, confidential, multilingual, culturally-sensitive, gender-inclusive, and faith-inclusive. Learners can connect with qualified counsellors for a variety of issues. Sessions by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling.

Contact KeepMeSafe: 1-844-451-9700 or download the MySSP app.

TAO (Therapy Assisted Online)

Starting December 31, 2023, students can access TAO through Wellness Together Canada. Students are also encouraged to seek support through Keep.meSAFE, a mental health counselling service providing 24/7 access to licensed counsellors in 60+ languages through telephone and mobile chat via the MY SSP app.

Ukrainian Aid Initiative

Ukrainians with refugee status are eligible for free therapy services through a program developed by the McGill Department of Psychology. Request services here.

Other Wellness Resources

  • McGill Student Wellness Hub: Continuing Studies learners may register for weekly Animal Therapy sessions, Art Hive, and virtual well-being workshops. To register for workshops and groups, go to myInvolvment.
  • Self-Directed Wellness Resources: on-demand videos, stress management, skill-building and more…
  • Off-campus Care: list of community wellness resources (medical clinics, psychological services, lab services, child-friendly health services, travel clinics, etc.)

Academic Support

  • Learner Support: resources for enhancing skills such as time management, test taking, learning and memory, and note-taking strategies.
  • Teaching and Learning Services: resources and opportunities to support student learning and development.

Immigration Advising

Continuing Studies students now have access to a certified immigration advisor! To take an appointment, email immigrationadvising.scs [at]

Dialogue/Maple Tele-Health

Eligible students can connect virtually with nurses and physicians via the mobile apps or phone for minor health concerns.

Student Services Optional Fee

If you are studying full time (9 credits or more) at the School of Continuing Studies, you are eligible to opt into the Student Services fee. Opting in will give you access to the same services as undergraduate and graduate students, such as general practitioners, nurses, counsellors, dietitians, International Student Services and more.

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