What is Wellness?

There are 8 components of wellness; each component can be thought of as a single spoke on the wellness wheel. If one of the areas of the wheel is neglected, your experience may be stressful, tiring, difficult, and/or challenging (much like trying to drive a vehicle with a flat tire).

The Wellness Wheel

Wellness Wheel

Components of Wellness

Academic & Career Wellness

Academic or career wellness is the ability to achieve enrichment and fulfillment through education and/or work. It involves active learning and skill development to foster improvement and growth, and making academic and career choices that are in line with one’s values, interests, and beliefs to achieve personal satisfaction. The Career Planning Service (CAPS) assists students in career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer jobs, as well as internships, by providing workshops, individual advising, a comprehensive job posting service, and an extensive Career Resource Centre. The Office for Students with Disabilities provides support if you feel that difficulties and impairments are hindering your academic performance while at McGill or if you require assistance with access. Academic Advising is another great resource, as advisors offer guidance and help students make informed decisions to take some of the uncertainty out of undergraduate studies. Click here to consult the Advisor Directory. Finally, Counselling Service offers a variety of Academic Success Workshops aimed at helping you enhance your learning potential.

Social & Cultural Wellness

Social and cultural wellness is developing and maintaining positive relationships. It involves establishing support networks, creating healthy relationships with family and friends, and respecting and learning about the cultural identities of others. International Student Services supports the growth, progress, and success of international students at McGill, and aims to ease their transition to a new school, a new home and a new country. The Social Equity and Diversity Education Office strives to foster a better understanding among different cultures and communities through providing information, education and training to all areas of the university in order to cultivate a respectful, diverse and supportive campus. First People's House provides a “home away from home” for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, creating a space where they can find academic support and stay connected to Indigenous culture. Finally, MyAccess adopts a Social Model of Disability which views disability as deriving from the interaction between the individual and the society, and therefore the remedy for disability-related problems is a change in this interaction by removing barriers (in classrooms, residences, or wherever students are receiving services).

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness is the ability to understand, recognize, share, experience, and manage our full range of feelings. It involves adopting a positive outlook in life and engaging in self-exploration. In addition, it includes developing ways to cope with stress and challenges, and seeking out support from others when needed. Counselling Services offers trained professionals who will work with you to alleviate distress, promote self-understanding, and develop effective solutions to the obstacles impeding your growth and success.


Financial Wellness

Financial wellness is the ability to manage your financial resources successfully. It involves not living beyond your means, budgeting effectively, and creating short and long-term goals to save, invest, and plan for the future. The Scholarship and Student Aid Office offers advice on funding options, budgeting and debt management. They also disburse all provincial, federal and US government student aid funding, and help with government aid information and documentation. Finally, SSAO directly collaborated with students to create The Frugal Scholar Money Management Program, which is a comprehensive program designed to help students budget effectively and graduate with manageable debt.


Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is taking good care of your physical body. It involves active living, eating a balanced diet, seeking regular medical check-ups, getting adequate and regular sleep, and limiting or eliminating the use of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Student Health Services provides quality, comprehensive health care in a convenient campus location. If you are an international or Canadian non-resident student, International Student Services will help provide you with health insurance coverage in order to get you easy access to medical services. To learn more about health insurance, . If you'd like to find out where you can buy fresh, local produce on and off campus, as well as where you can eat well on campus, consult Healthy McGill's Eating Well information. Finally, to help support an active lifestyle, the Sports Complex offers a wide range of exercise facilities including a pool, a fitness centre, an aerobics room, and much more.


Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness is finding the greater meaning and purpose of life. It involves developing a better understanding of your personal beliefs and values so that you can choose actions and behaviors that are consistent with them. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is dedicated to raising religious literacy and enhancing spiritual wellness. Finding a career that you will love is another important component of wellness, as your work will likely only be meaningful to you if it is a part of your life’s purpose, and your life’s purpose will most likely be aligned with your personal values. The Career Planning Service (CaPS) can help you on this path of career exploration so that you may choose a career that is fulfilling and meaningful.


Please note: To access services, you must be currently enrolled and paying the Student Services fee. The fee is automatically charged to the student account of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows every fall and winter term. Certain other categories of students may opt to pay a fee to use the services.