Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL)
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is dedicated to raising religious literacy and enhancing spiritual wellness at McGill. MORSL is a service you can turn to whether you want to connect with others who share your own religious roots or explore new and diverse religious and philosophical frameworks.
What they do
- Religious support for most religions (including Atheist, Buddhist, Christian Orthodox, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant Ecumenical, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Sikh, Universalist Unitarian, and more), represented by a multi-faith volunteer team.
- Meditation space and various weekly meditation lessons.
- Quiet relaxation lounge with free apples and tea.
- Free full-spectrum light therapy lamps which mimic the sun’s rays and are said to lift one’s mood and combat the “winter blahs” or S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) without transmitting ultraviolet radiation.
- “My Neighbour’s Faith” monthly visits to various sacred sites around Montreal.
- An in-house interfaith library.
McGill Students' Nightline
McGill Students’ Nightline is a confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental (English-only) listening service, run by McGill students. Anyone can call them for absolutely anything: questions, referrals, just to chat, crisis, etc.
The McGill Nightline operates every evening from 6:00pm - 3:00am during Fall and Winter terms.
What they do
- Information and referral service for anything and everything.
- Active listening service if you need advice or someone to talk with to help you work through whatever you’re feeling.
- Crisis management if you ever experience anything that feels out of your control.
- Calls about absolutely anything! So no matter what’s on your mind, pick up the phone.
Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS)
The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. SACOMSS is a pro-survivor, pro-feminist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-classist, queer-positive, trans*-positive, and anti-oppressive organization. All SACOMSS Services are free, confidential, and non-judgmental.
What they do
- Drop-in services, which include non-directional active listening, support and resource referral upon request for survivors of sexual assault and their allies.
- Phone line, which offers the same service as the drop-in support (check their website for updated drop-in and phone line hours).
- Support groups for survivors of sexual assault, and sometimes for family, friends, and allies.
- Advocacy & Accompaniment (A-branch), which supports students through McGill’s policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and can accompany survivors to meetings and appointments, if desired.
- Alternative book & zine library with resources related directly to sexual assault, as well as ones providing information on other topics covered by their mandate.
- Education and Outreach through workshops and trainings on sexual assault sensitivity, active listening, consent, and other topics covered by their mandate.
Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education
The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education (O-SVRSE) provides confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional support and education to students, faculty and staff of all genders who have been impacted by sexual violence. The O-SVRSE is committed to working towards the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence while fostering a culture of consent at McGill. It also acts as McGill’s main point of entry and contact for anyone wishing to report an incident of sexual violence or to enter into a formal disciplinary process.
What they do
- Crisis intervention & short-term crisis counselling
- Resource coordination and referrals to on and off-campus services (medical, emotional)
- Survivor support activities, such as trauma-sensitive yoga
- Reporting information and accompaniment (McGill policies and procedures, McGill Security, police)
- #ConsentMcGill, creating a culture of consent at McGill. Supporting, educating and empowering our community. Look out for the campaign in the fall term and follow-us and Facebook!
- Customized workshops for all members of the McGill community. Consider attending the “Becoming an Active Bystander” or “How to respond to a disclosure”.
- Consent McGill Volunteer program
Peer Support Centre (PSC)
Stressed? Lonely? Feeling down? Or just want to chat? The Peer Support Centre (PSC) is ready to hear you out. If you need help but aren’t sure where to turn, our peer supporters are also happy to connect you with other resources. Drop-in or make an appointment to chat one-on-one with a supporter about anything on your mind.
Local Wellness Advisors (LWA)s
Local Wellness Advisor (LWAs) are trained clinicians embedded within faculties and services to orient and connect you with the appropriate support resource - on-campus or off-campus - for your unique situation. LWAs also offer wellness programming tailored to your faculty and work with departments on wellness awareness, prevention and early intervention. The LWA mandate is to work collaboratively with students to promote their wellbeing. This can take many different forms including taking care of student's basic needs like connecting with others, eating, sleeping, staying active and learning some new skills through self-help activities or attending group events and one-on-one support.
What they do
- Group wellness workshops
- 1-on-1 support counselling
- Mental health interventions
- Immediate crisis support
- Mental health first aid training
- Help students develop collaborative wellness plans
Visit the LWA website to book an appointment with your faculty/community LWA.