We are all going through unprecedented times with the COVID pandemic. It can make us feel lost, or overwhelmed, and wondering how to reach others. How can we help ourselves, whether mentally, physically, or financially? We are experiencing a lot of uncertainty about the present, and about how our futures will unfold.
If you are having academic worries, do not hesitate to reach out to your thesis supervisor, program advisor, course instructor, or Graduate Program Director. Remember you can reach out to us at Mac OGS as well for ANY issues you may be having that you’d like to talk to us about. And you can connect with your mcgss.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (MCGSS student society) as well!
It’s important to stay on top of your wellness, too! You can connect with a clinician, or a peer, or even yourself, in one of their many wellness workshops. The Student Wellness Hub will help support your mental and physical health by connecting you to the care and resources you need.
Virtual Services Available
Whether you’re coming to campus or studying remotely, McGill Student Services continues to offer you support no matter where you are. A complete list of Virtual Services is available on their website, including health and wellness services from the Student Wellness Hub, financial support from Scholarships and Student Aid, advising for international students through International Student Services, and career support via CaPS. The Student Services office in Centennial Centre 124 remains closed for the time being, but they will send updates as pandemic directives evolve.
Free, 24/7 Access to Mental Health Support
During these exceptional and challenging times, we sometimes need to talk to someone about it, at any time of day or whatever the time zone!
Keep.meSAFE is a mental health counselling service, offered to students in partnership with SSMU and PGSS, that provides 24/7/365 access to licensed counsellors through telephone and mobile chat in over 60 languages. To access this service, download the MySSP app for Apple iOS or Android. You can learn more about this service on PGSS' website.
Keep.meSAFE is completely free and unlimited for all McGill students.
Upcoming Virtual Workshop for Mac Grad Students
A special virtual workshop on Coping with the Challenges of Grad School will be given by Macdonald Campus’ Local Wellness Advisor, shannon.walsh [at] mcgill.ca (Shannon Walsh), on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 at 10 am. It is open to new and returning students, and you can register here.
We encourage you to reach out and take part in the activities and resources available to you!
Stay well and keep in touch!