Wellness Groups, Events & Trainings

We offer a number of student-only, multi-session wellness groups and one-time events. These aim to provide participants with the opportunity to learn skills to improve their health and well-being while also connecting with other students and health professionals.

Calendar 

Student-Only Wellness Groups

These are facilitated by health care professionals and run 6 to 8 weeks depending on the group. These groups are offered both in the fall and winter terms, starting in October and February.

Email counselling.services@queensu.ca for more information.

A sharing circle facilitated by Elder Betty Carr-Braint, and supported by 2SLGBTQ+ Counselor Shannon Gendron, and/or Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor Kel Martin. This circle honours and holds space for Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ students but is open any 2SLGBTQ+ students at Queen's as a space to gather, share, and heal.

F2022 dates/times: Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 from 4:30-5:30pm

Offered in-person

Visit the Yellow House events calendar to register

This group, led by the Engineering embedded counsellor, is design to help students learn coping tools and discover resources for dealing with the stress and workload of engineering courses.
 
F2022 dates/times: Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm from October 18th to November 15th 
 
Offered virtually

 
Register for Anxiety Life Hacks for Engineering Students

This professionally facilitated therapy group is designed for students struggling with depression and lack of motivation.  Topics will include: identifying personal triggers (e.g., overuse of substances/gaming, social media, YouTube, etc.), dealing with lack of sleep, increasing social support, and learning when to seek emergency treatment.  

Students participating in this group will be required to turn their cameras on.  THIS GROUP IS ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS CURRENTLY LIVING IN ONTARIO.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Discover the link between your physical care (i.e., sleep, substance use, etc.) and depression
  • Start to implement your own behavioural strategies to help you feel more motivated
  • Discover the connection between your thoughts and emotions plus find ways to manage both
  • Learn common perfectionism traps and find ways to navigate around them
  • Gain the support of a community who understands what you are experiencing.

F2022 dates/times: Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm from October 19th to November 23rd 

Offered virtually

Register Damn You Depression

This professionally facilitated group is for international students making the transition to living in Canada. It will be facilitated by therapists with lived experience of being international students. This group aims to help those who may be missing home and the support of loved ones, and who want to find community and a sense of belonging at Queen’s.  
 
We hope to provide a safe place to share experiences, support each other, and find ways to navigate transition issues that may arise, and the pressures to achieve academic success due to personal, family and cultural expectations. We recognize that international students are a very diverse group who hold different views and values both personal and political. However, the purpose of the group is to help you build connections and community, and to find support. Both incoming and returning international students are welcome to join!
 
In this group, you will have a space to

  • Share your concerns and receive support from others
  • Share solutions, resources, and ways to better manage the transition and pressures
  • Experience the benefits of community when you are far from home

THIS GROUP IS ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS CURRENTLY LIVING IN ONTARIO.  Participants in this group will be required to turn their cameras on.

F2022 dates/times: Thursdays 12:00-1:30pm from October 20th to December 1st

Offered virtually

Register for Far from Home: New to Canada

A support group run by 2SLGBTQ+ Counselor Shannon Gendron, and Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor Kel Martin. Open to trans, nonbinary, Two-spirit, agender, genderqueer, genderfluid and other non-cisgender students at Queen’s. This group runs monthly and involves discussion sharing of gender-diverse experiences, and occasionally engages in social activities and field trips that focus on gender-diverse topics.

F2022 dates/times: Oct. 3, Nov. 15 and Dec. 5

Offered in-person

Visit the Yellow House events calendar to register

This professionally facilitated group is for first year students currently living in Residence who are seeking support and peer connection during the transition to university life.  Students are welcome to join at any time throughout the term.   

F2022 dates/times: Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm from September 27th to November 29th

Offered in-person

To register, email one of the Residence Outreach Counsellors: Shannon Bovey (s.bovey@queensu.ca) or Charlotte Londry (c.londry@queensu.ca)

Interfaith Chaplain Erin will be facilitating a group for students who have recently lost loved ones.  We hope to provide a safe place for students who are grieving to share experiences, support each other, and find ways to navigate the many feelings that come in times of loss.  The purpose of the group is to help you build connections and community, and to find support.

Regular attendance/practice is recommended to get maximum benefits.  Students participating in this group will be required to turn their cameras on.

F2022 dates/times: Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm from October 19th to November 30th

Offered virtually

Register for Grief Support Group

This drop-in group will provide Engineering students with mindfulness support using the Headspace app exercises and materials.  No registration required; drop-in only.

F2022 dates/times: Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm from September 22nd to December 8th

Offered in-person

Find out more about Headspace Mindfulness Moments

This 6-week psychoeducation group is for students who struggle with their gut health! Whether you feel like you're always bloated, or are oscillating between two extremes, this group will dive into some tips and tricks to help you improve your gut health. Students will learn about topics including bloating, fibre, the microbiome, prebiotics, probiotics, FODMAPs, the gut-brain axis, and more.

DISCLAIMER: This group is not intended to provide medical support for, or a diagnosis of digestive health disorders.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Understand the role diet and non-diet factors play in your gut health
  • Understand how to eat gut-friendly foods on campus, and on a budget
  • Gain the support of a community who understands what you are experiencing

F2022 dates/times: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30pm from October 5th to November 8th (excluding October 11th)

Offered in-person

Register for Let’s Gut Real

This professionally facilitated therapy Sharing Circle is open to all Self-Identified Indigenous Queen’s students currently living in Ontario who are struggling to manage overwhelming emotions.   It is designed to help you deal with crises and teaches you to manage unhelpful behaviours. This Circle infuses Indigenous Knowledge/Teachings with Western ways of coping with mental health challenges.  

At the end of this Circle, you will:

  • Learn why you may be struggling to manage your emotions
  • Learn to describe and understand the function of your emotions so you can better regulate them
  • Find ways to reduce your tendency to get swept away by overwhelming emotions
  • Discover ways to implement concrete strategies, including mindfulness, to improve your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours so that you are no longer feeling overwhelmed

This psycho-educational group is for students who experience stress and anxiety that feels overwhelming. You will learn how to better understand signs and symptoms of anxiety and find evidence-based strategies to help you cope.  Sessions will focus on identifying and changing unhelpful thought patterns, and learning ways to live a happier, more balanced and satisfying life.

Students participating in this group will be required to turn their cameras on.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Learn causes of anxiety and proven strategies to reduce symptoms
  • Start to implement your own behavioural strategies to help you feel less anxious
  • Discover the link between thoughts and emotions and find ways to manage them
  • Learn how to let go of worries and change your responses to anxiety triggers over time
  • Gain practical sleep hygiene strategies.

F2022 dates/times: Tuesdays 12:00-1:30pm from October 18th to November 22nd 

Offered virtually

Register for Managing Overwhelm, Stress and Anxiety

This professionally facilitated therapy group is for students who are struggling to manage overwhelming emotions. It is designed to help you deal with crises and teaches you to control unhelpful behaviours. 

Students participating in this group will be required to turn their cameras on.  THIS GROUP IS ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS CURRENTLY LIVING IN ONTARIO.

At the end of this group, you will learn:

  • Why you may be struggling to manage your emotions
  • To describe and understand the function of your emotions so you can better regulate them
  • How to reduce your tendency to get swept away by overwhelming emotions
  • How to implement concrete strategies, including mindfulness, to improve your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours so that you are no longer feeling overwhelmed

F2022 dates/times: Thursdays 2:30-4:00pm from October 20th to December 8th 

Offered virtually

Register for Managing Powerful Emotions

This psychoeducation group is for students who want to stop dieting, let go of diet culture, improve their relationship with food, and gain practical skills to manage their eating. Students will learn how to practice mindfulness and mindful eating, on their journey back to normalized eating. Sessions will focus on identifying hunger and fullness cues, and learning about the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and eating.

This is not a diet or weight-loss program or a treatment for individuals with an eating disorder.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Practice mindful eating  
  • Understand your problematic eating habits
  • Understand the role diet culture plays in perpetuating certain body ideals
  • Learn how to attend to your own body’s wants and needs
  • Gain the support of a community who understands what you are experiencing

Not available in F2022

Each week one of our Student Wellness Services therapists will introduce a new mindfulness technique and lead students through a 15 minute practice which you can start incorporating into your day. The last 15 minutes are optional for those who wish to stay and debrief.

Techniques will include:

  • Practice of R.A.I.N.
  • Compassionate body scan
  • Mindful check-in
  • Affectionate breathing
  • Progressive muscle relaxation

F2022 dates/times: Wednesdays 2:30-3:15pm from September 14th to December 7th 

Offered virtually

Register for Mindful Moments

A group is for students who want to improve their focus and decrease stress, without having to spend hours meditating. You'll get the opportunity to experience a variety of mindfulness exercises (e.g., body scan, mindful eating, and self-compassion) in an environment that allows you to ask questions and receive feedback. In addition, the group provides accountability to keep you on track as you integrate the practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction into your daily life.  Students learn ways to be present, regulate their mood and focus their attention during stressful periods.

Regular attendance/practice is recommended to get maximum benefits.  Students participating in this group will be required to turn their cameras on.

At the end of this group, you will :

  • Learn the theory and practice of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: a clinically supported program for alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, improving lack of focus and symptoms of depression
  • Learn how to focus on the present moment to permanently change the way you handle stress
  • Practice a variety of formal and informal mindfulness techniques

F2022 dates/times: Mondays 2:30-3:45pm from October 17th to November 21st 

Offered virtually

Register for Mindfulness for Overwhelm, Stress Reduction and Improved Focus

Are you always thinking about alcohol/substances? Are you able to stop drinking/using when you want to? Do you ever feel bad about your drinking/drug use? Has anyone ever told you they were concerned about your alcohol/drug use? Have you ever neglected friends/family or missed school/work because of your use of substances?

Receive support for issues related to substance use, misuse, or abuse in this multi-session group led by professional counsellors. Open to all students from Queen's University and St. Lawrence College, it gives participants the opportunity to connect with others in a supportive peer-group setting.  We understand that things come up unexpectedly, but to help create a supportive group experience, participants in this group register with the intention of attending all sessions.

F2022 dates/times: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm from November 1st to 29th

Offered virtually

Register for Navigating Substance Use

This professionally facilitated group is designed to help students with autism succeed in a university environment. You will get an opportunity to come together to share strengths and learn strategies to successfully navigate an environment designed for the neurotypical.  This group does NOT use any Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) or Social Skills Training methods and does not support Autism Speaks.

Students participating in this group will be required to turn their cameras on.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Share your experiences of being neuro-diverse in a world designed for the neurotypical
  • Connect with other students to build a sense of solidarity and connection
  • Identify challenges you have or may experience at university and learn coping strategies
  • Identify and share your strengths to increase your self-esteem and become more effective at problem-solving

F2022 dates/times: Tuesdays 2:30-4:15pm from October 18th to December 13th

Offered virtually

Register for Navigating University with Autism 

This professionally facilitated group is a safe space for students who have experienced sexual violence. Through support and education, you will get an opportunity to gain skills and strengths that build resiliency and lead to a sense of self-empowerment.

At the end of this group, you will:

  • Understand the impact of sexual violence
  • Develop effective coping skills to deal with the emotional aftermath
  • Explore issues such as trust, intimacy, setting boundaries, assertiveness, and positive body image

Register for PEGaSUS Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence 

This group, facilitated by an Occupational Therapist, will focus on providing students who have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with strategies to navigate university life. The group will also allow students to share experiences and solutions that they have found helpful. Each week students will discuss a different topic and leave with strategies they can try during the week and then come back to debrief with the group.

Topics may include:

  • Understanding ADHD
  • Time management & time awareness
  • Planning & scheduling
  • Breaking down tasks & rewards
  • Prioritizing & organizing
  • Overcoming emotional obstacles

F2022 dates/times: Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm from September 29th to November 17th (excluding Oct 13) (7 weeks)

Offered in-person

Register for Solutions, Strategies and Support for ADHD at University

This psychoeducation group is for students who want to gain practical skills to tame their anxiety. Students will learn how to better understand signs and symptoms of anxiety and find evidence-based strategies to help them cope. Sessions will focus on identifying symptoms of anxiety, learning about the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and changing the unhelpful patterns.
 
Students participating in this group will be required to turn their cameras on.  THIS GROUP IS ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS CURRENTLY LIVING IN ONTARIO.  
 
At the end of this group, you will:

  • Learn ways to cope with your anxiety more effectively.
  • Practice evidence-based tools to tame your anxious mind.
  • Understand your unhelpful thought patterns.
  • Learn ways to reframe and externalize your anxious thoughts.
  • Gain the support of a community who understands what you are experiencing.

F2022 dates/times: Thursdays 12:00-1:15pm from September 29th to November 10th 

Offered virtually

Register for Taming Your Anxiety

This professionally led group is open to women in Engineering (including transwomen and non-binary individuals) who are feeling marginalized and want peer and professional support while navigating academics in this program.  No registration required; drop-in only.  

F2022 dates/times: Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm from September 7th to December 7th

Offered in-person

Find out more about Women in Engineering

Student-Led Initiatives

Questions about student-led initiatives? Email peerwell@queensu.ca!

Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers put together Fresh Food Boxes and Mason Jar meals for students to order and pick up on campus. Boxes contain all the fresh produce and key ingredients to prepare a quick, easy and healthy recipe which makes approximately 4 servings and cost $5.00 per student. Mason Jar meals contains all the ingredients and spices to prepare a quick, easy and healthy soup or stew and are free.

Students will be sent a pick-up time, location and recipe upon registration. Registration typically opens one week prior; if you do not see any options on the registration page, check back at a later date. If the pick-up time presents as an accessibility barrier, please email peerwell@queensu.ca to discuss alternate arrangements.

Register for a Fresh Food Box

Register for a Mason Jar Meal

Join our Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers for a 60 minute interactive cooking session to learn how to prepare a quick, easy, inexpensive and healthy recipe.  Upon registration, students will receive the location, time and safety details.  All students are welcome, regardless of your skill level in the kitchen. Cooking sessions cost $10.00 per student.

Register for a Healthy Cooking Session

Join our Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers for weekly beginner/intermediate runs during the fall and/or winter terms if you want to start running, increase your distance, improve your time, and/or simply find some running buddies.

  • This is a sanctioned Rec Club with Queen’s Athletics & Recreation
  • Register for this club (new users must create an account)
  • Select "Register" from the menu bar & select "Run Club" from the drop-down menu
  • Pay one-time $5 membership fee
  • Join us for runs, offered twice a week!

To receive regular updates on the run club or for more information, follow @queens_run_club on Instagram and/or email run_club@gogaelsgo.com

Join our St. John’s Ambulance (SJA) Therapy Dog Oscar and his handler John as they wander through the Mitchell Hall atrium and Student Life Centre.  

See events calendar for Dogs on Campus dates/times.

Unable to join us on campus? Check out some virtual therapy dog videos.

Peer Health Educators have recorded webinars and podcasts to help students increase their health-related knowledge. Topics include: financial literacy, sexual health, mental health, healthy eating, interviews with predominant professors on campus, and more!

Student, Staff, Faculty Trainings

If you are interested in organizing a private group training, please complete our online request form. Please note, we require a minimum of TWO WEEKS notice to schedule a training.

Training Request Form

The purpose of this session is to help students, staff and faculty recognize when someone is struggling with their mental health and what to do to support them.  Participants will learn about the dual continuum model for mental health and be given strategies to help someone who is in immediate distress and/or in crisis. Practical tips on what to say and do will be discussed so participants leave the session knowing how to connect someone with the appropriate resources.

At the end of this training, participants will:

  • Gain mental health literacy skills
  • Be able to recognize when someone is in distress
  • Know steps to take to help someone with a mental health problem
  • Discover what mental health resources exist on campus and in the community

Register for Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress

Cost: free

Not able to attend this training?  Content is available in our Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress self-directed module

The purpose of this workshop is to give students, staff and faculty a chance to understand and appreciate health from a holistic lens. Participants will reflect on what they are currently doing and learn evidence-based practices to manage stress and stay mentally well. During the session, participants will create, or enhance, their own tailored self-care plan.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Create an individualized self-care plan Understand the dimensions of wellness and health in different contexts
  • Learn evidence-based self-care strategies
  • Recognize different approaches to stress management
  • Create a specific action plan to start a new health habit

Register for Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan

Cost: free

Not able to attend this training?  Content is available in our Creating a Customized Self-Care Plan self-directed module

This 2-part training includes a 1–2-hour self-directed evidence-based online training module called LivingWorks START.  It introduces a four-step model for helping keep someone safe from suicide and uses simulations and interactive videos to build and practice helping skills.  Part 2 involves a live 30-minute online ZOOM webinar facilitated by a safeTALK trainer.  It provides participants an opportunity to debrief about the training, address questions or concerns, and review campus and community resources.

By the end of this training, participants will:

  • Learn the importance of suicide alertness
  • Learn how to recognize people who are having thoughts of suicide
  • Be able to connect people who are having thoughts of suicide with the appropriate resource on and off campus

Register for Online Suicide Prevention Training

2022-23 Costs: $20 for students, $40 for staff/faculty 

This training aims to improve mental health literacy through greater depth and breadth of understanding of mental health issues. The purpose of MHFA is to teach participants how best to assist someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

At the end of the 2-day training, participants will:

  • Improve mental health literacy
  • Learn skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems
  • Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Be able to provide initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Be able to guide someone towards appropriate professional help

All participants must attend both full days.  Participants will receive program materials including a workbook and a certificate of completion.  

Register for Mental Health First Aid

2022-23 Costs: $50 for students, $75 for staff/faculty

This interactive training in suicide first aid teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

At the end of this 2-day training, participants will:

  • Be able to recognize when someone is having thoughts of suicide
  • Be able to work with someone who is having thoughts of suicide to create a plan to support their immediate safety
  • Develop important skills to keep someone with thoughts of suicide safe for now through audio-visual learning aids, discussion, and practice
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life promotion and self-care

All participants must attend both full days.  Participants will receive program materials including a workbook and a certificate of completion.

Register for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

2022-23 Costs: $60 for students, $85 for staff/faculty

This training prepares participants to recognize when people are having thoughts of suicide and connect them to intervention resources.  Powerful videos illustrate the importance of suicide alertness, while discussion and practice stimulate learning.

 At the end of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide,
  • Recognize people who are having thoughts of suicide, and
  • Apply the TALK steps to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to a suicide first-aid intervention caregiver

Register for safeTALK

2022-23 Costs: $15 for students and $25 for staff/faculty.

Upcoming Events

Dec

01

Thursday

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11:30 am - 12:30 am
Beamish Munro Hall room 311

Headspace Mindfulness Moments

Dec

01

Thursday

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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
In-person (location sent upon registration)

Recreational Run Club

Dec

02

Friday

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Multi-Day Event
128 Queen's Crescent (in Chez Lenny, across from Leonard dining hall)

Campus Observation Room (COR)

Dec

03

Saturday

green circles with Campus Observation Room text and logo
Multi-Day Event
128 Queen's Crescent (in Chez Lenny, across from Leonard dining hall)

Campus Observation Room (COR)

Dec

06

Tuesday

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mitchell Hall -1st floor atrium

COVID Vaccine Walk-in Clinic

Dec

07

Wednesday

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mitchell Hall -1st floor atrium

Dogs on Campus

Get Help Now
Urgent, emergency, and 24/7 resources

Empower Me
Free 24/7 mental health and wellness support

TAO (Therapy Assistance Online)
Free self-directed wellness tool

After-Hours Supports

Other Supports and Resources
On- and off-campus options