Student Wellness

It can be challenging to find time between school and all your other obligations to take a moment to take care of yourself.

We hope the resources below will help you achieve wellness in the different aspects of your life, or discover ways you can find balance. If you cannot find something you are looking for, please email SAO.law [at] mcgill.ca and we'll help you out!

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Physical and Mental Health
Healthy Lifestyle
Get Active
Eat Well
Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities

Physical and Mental Health

McGill Counselling and Mental Health Service

Brown Student Services Building
3600 McTavish St.
Suites 4200 and 5500
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G3

Tel: 514-398-6019 / 514-398-3601

The focus at our service is to enable you to achieve psychological well-being and academic success. We provide a secure, non-judgmental and confidential space in which to pursue your mental health treatment. Our clinic consists of a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists who are all available by appointment. The clinic can be used by all registered McGill students who have paid their Student Services fee. We also have Psychoeducation groups (SWELL and WRAP programs).

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please note that the clinic is during the winter holiday season (late December to early January).

Safety Appointments (Urgent Care)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Brown Building, suite 5500
This service is available daily on a first-come, first-served basis.

Website: www.mcgill.ca/counselling

McGill Student Health Service

Brown Student Services Building
3600 McTavish St.
Suite 3300
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G3

Tel.: 514-398-6017

The McGill Health Clinic can be used by all registered McGill students who have paid the Student Services fee. The clinic can not be used by Blue Cross customers, McGill staff or research trainees.

The clinic offers regular appointments for students seeking general check-ups, prescription renewals, STI testing, PAP smears, referrals and third party-physicals. General and/or travel immunizations are also available.

The clinic also offers an urgent care walk-in clinic for those students who must be seen as soon as possible. Please note that none of the services listed above are considered emergencies, and are not covered by the walk-in clinic. If you are seeking a medical note for a missed exam, assignment, or class, please refer to the section on Medical Notes & Records before visiting the urgent care clinic.

Website: www.mcgill.ca/studenthealth

JustBalance

JustBalance.ca is a support site aimed at promoting the well-being of law students across Canada. Visit the Faculty of Law's page on JustBalance for information you need for emergencies, fitness, resources around campus and in Montreal, and more.

Website: www.justbalance.ca/school/mcgill-university/

Healthy Legal Minds @ McGill Law

Healthy Legal Minds is the platform of McGill Law Students Mental Health Committee to promote a cultural shift towards better mental health in their faculty.

Website: HealthyLegalMinds.tumblr.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HealthyLegalMinds
Email: mentalhealth.mcgilllaw [at] gmail.com

McGill Mental Health Hub

The McGill Mental Health Hub connects our community to support and information surrounding mental well-being. By empowering students to maintain their mental well-being and supporting those around them, we hope that no student feels alone or lost when dealing with their well-being or with the struggles of a friend. Mental well-being is an important component to student life: this accessible, Canadian-based resource help on your journey to better mental health.

The McGill Mental Health Hub team consists of practitioners and educators from Mental Health Service, Health Promotion, researchers within Student Services, and student representatives from the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU), Post-Graduate Students' Society McGill University (PGSS), and Macdonald Campus, located at McGill University. 

Peer Support Centre at McGill

The Peer Support Centre is free, confidential, drop-in space offering peer support, information and referrals to the McGill community.

Website: www.facebook.com/peersupportmcgill

McGill Students’ Nightline

Tel.: 514-398-6246

McGill Students’ Nightline (514-398-6246) is a confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental listening service, run by McGill students, providing the community with a variety of support. This includes anything from information to crisis management and referrals.

Why contact them? They are:

  • An information and referral service
  • An active listening service
  • Trained extensively in crisis management

Open 7 days a week, 6pm-3am during the Fall and Winter semesters.

Website: ssmu.ca/student-life/clubs-services-isg/#mcgill-students-nightline

Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society

Tel.: 514- 398-8500

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.

Their services include Drop-In and Line (DIAL), Support Groups, Advocacy, and Outreach. Additionally, they offer sexual assault sensitivity training to McGill and Montreal groups, provide information and referrals, and organize events to raise awareness about sexual assault.

Website: www.sacomss.org.

CBA: Mental Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession

The Canadian Bar Association has developed Mental Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession, an online educational program that gives law students, lawyers and judges information about mental health and addiction issues, their causes and symptoms, as well as prevention and treatment options.

Le cours en ligne confidentiel, offre également un soutien et des ressources pour le rétablissement et pour le maintien du bien-être. Il aborde, par ailleurs, la question de la stigmatisation dans le contexte de la profession juridique ainsi que les façons de composer avec celle-ci.

Website: www.cba.org/wellness

Substance Misuse

Do you need assistance dealing with substance misuse? Do you have a friend who is struggling with alcoholism, drug use, and/or gambling, and who may need help? See the following resources to learn how to seek assistance:

McGill's Substance Misuse Program provides an integrative, inclusive, personalized, and collaborative approach to talking about and addressing substance use and other related issues. Over the following pages, you will be able to more about this program, its underlying philosophy, information on drugs and alcohol, and the various resources and services available to serve the McGill community.

Website: www.mcgill.ca/substances

McGill Counselling's Substance Use Resources is wealth of resources aimed at helping you better understand your substance use, from apps that offer objective feedback on your use, to podcasts that address the issue of the neurology of addiction. No matter your current readiness for change, you will be sure to find a useful tool or enlightening read within these pages to help you on your journey.

Website: www.mcgill.ca/counselling/getstarted/mental-health/substanceuse

Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy McGill

Healthy McGill connects you to support and resources to help you achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They recognize that 'healthy' means something different to everyone and encourage you to make decisions that are right for you. Visit their website for information on:

Website: www.mcgill.ca/healthymcgill

Religious and Spiritual Life

McGill's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL) offers various spiritual, interfaith, and wellness-related programs to enhance your campus experience. They hire several Work Study students each semester and have tons of volunteer opportunities as well.

  • Student-run Spirituality 'zine, Radix. A theme-based publication from different spiritual, philosophical and religious perspectives.
  • Mondays at MORSL! - relaxing and uplifting Monday-night events (from yoga to movie nights to art therapy workshops).
  • Religious support for students through our team of multi-faith chaplains.
  • Weekly Zen Practice.
  • Regular faith-based groups (such as Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Rad Christians, Universalist Unitarian meetings, Quaker-style meditations, and more).
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Drop-in yoga on Friday afternoons (bring your mug for tea and $5 for the instructor).

Website: www.mcgill.ca/morsl

Get Active

Healthy McGill - Get Moving

Healthy McGill has a list of places where you can get active on campus! The list includes:

  • McGill Athletics & Recreation Centre
  • McGill Fitness Centre
  • Memorial Pool
  • SSMU Wellness, Ahtletics & Recreation Clubs
  • SSMU Mini Courses
  • PGSS Mini Courses

McGill Athletics and Recreation (including Varsity Sports)

McGill Athletics and Recreation (including Varsity Sports) offers a multitude of ways to get physically active! Visit their website for information on joining one of their varsity sports teams (football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, swimming, etc.) or enjoying some recreational exercise activities (dance, aquatics, yoga, pilates, spin, etc.).

Intramural Sports Program

The Intramural Sports Program offers all full-time McGill students the opportunity to participate in competitive sport. Individuals are encouraged to participate in the spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship. Depending on the sport, most intramural games take place on week-nights after 17h00, and on weekends beginning at 9h00.

McGill Law’s Running Group

Like to run? Join the McGill Law’s Running Group!

There are four running groups four times each week: Tuesday at 6:45 AM, Wednesday at 1:30 PM, Friday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 11:00 AM which you can sign up for.

You only have to send an email to vp-internal.lsa [at] mail.mcgill.ca with the title ‘’Running group’’ and you will be added to their communication listserv. This is a purely recreational group and all levels of experience are welcome (including none at all!). They divide into fast, medium and slow groups once they get a feel for everybody’s pace. Of course, running time is subject to change if all participants agree to it.

McGill Law Students’ Yoga Club

The McGill Law Students’ Yoga Club offers two free classes each week to McGill Law students here at the Faculty.

Qu’importe votre niveau, le Club de Yoga des étudiant(e)s en droit de McGill est pour tous ceux et celles qui souhaitent faire du yoga en toute simplicité et dans le respect mutuel. Namaste!

Eat Well

Healthy McGill - Eat Well

Looking for healthy places to eat on campus? Healthy McGill - Eat Well has lists of places where you can find fresh produce and on-campus eateriescampus microwaves and a dietitian at McGill. Bon appétit!

For a list of all eateries on campus, check out McGill Food and Dining Services

 

Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities

Student Clubs & Services

Want to meet new people or get more involved in the McGill community? Join a student club or independent student group!

Students' Society of McGill University

Every undergraduate student at McGill is a member of the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU). SSMU is the central undergraduate student union and speak out for their constituents and advocate for their interests. They also provide countless opportunities for students through their clubs, services, committees, and volunteer and employment opportunities.

SKILLS21

SKILLS21 is an skills development program for McGill undergraduate students. Providing workshops offered by a wide range of McGill units, SKILLS21 will help you gain the skills you need to reach your full potential at McGill and beyond!

By participating in SKILLS21, you can:

  • Gain the skills you need to help you achieve academic, career, and personal success.
  • Build connections with your fellow students, staff, and faculty.
  • Track your progress in your skill-building journey on myInvolvement.
  • Demonstrate your participation, as workshop attendance and stream completion are recognized on your co-curricular record.

Registration is open in September and January. For more information and to register, please visit the SKILLS21 website.

Campus Life & Engagement Office Workshops

Check out Campus Life & Engagement Office's Mini Workshops (55 minutes) to explore central components of personal development and leadership capacity-building! Workshops include:

  • Personal Visioning and Goal Setting
  • What is “Leadership"?
  • Getting Involved at McGill: Exploring Leadership
  • Global Leadership and Intercultural Consciousness

Student Media

Interested in journalism and want to dip your toes in some media? Find out about the print, radio, and TV opportunities on campus on Engage McGill!

SSMU Advocacy

SSMU has a long list of committees that seek general members. Join an SSMU committee!