What Is the Student Wellness Hub?
The Student Wellness Hub is our students' place to go for their holistic health and wellness needs. It provides access to basic physical and mental health services, as well as health promotion and peer support programs, in convenient locations at both our Macdonald and downtown campuses.
The Hub offers specialized programming related to issues that have a major impact on academic performance for broad segments of the student population. In our latest assessment (2016), stress, anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours, and sleep issues were all reported to have an impact on academic performance for more than 1 out of 5 of our students. Our programming is geared towards helping students overcome these challenges and meet their academic objectives.
We want our students to sustain healthy minds and healthy bodies both during their studies and once they leave McGill. The Hub's Healthy Living Annex brings together a team of professionals and student peer supporters who focus on awareness, prevention, and early intervention. Coordinating health promotion and outreach activities on campus, the Annex helps students learn about the different components of their own well-being, navigate the healthcare system, and make informed choices about their health.
Our on-campus team - which includes general practitioners, nurses, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers, and dietitians - focuses on short-term, episodic care for students facing common mental and physical health concerns during their studies. These professionals are also equipped to diagnose more complex issues and connect students with more appropriate care off-campus. We require all students to be covered by supplemental health insurance in order to cover their medical expenses.
What's a "Collaborative Care model"?
Since 2015, McGill has doubled the number of health professionals, but demand has risen to meet them.
That’s where McGill’s Collaborative Care approach comes in. It’s based on a model that’s been endorsed by a long list of Canadian and American psychological and psychiatric associations, plus other organizations and governments worldwide.
Collaborative Care means that our healthcare professionals work with you and explore various services to find the best kind of care for your needs. That could mean using one or multiple treatment options, both traditional and holistic. The focus is on awareness, prevention, and early intervention.
At its core, Collaborative Care is about creating a flexible, holistic model of care informed by mental health research. Students coming through the Hub will be connected to the most effective resources to improve their well-being, whether that be therapy, off-campus resources, peer support and more.
It also aims to empower students to be in control of their own wellness. Resources on the Virtual Hub, at the Healthy Living Annex and beyond give you the tools to get you thinking about and caring for your own well-being, and the well-being of the people around you.