Student Wellness Services

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TAO is a new interactive tool to help you manage the many stressors that can come with university life. TAO’s self-help activities are built on scientific research and have been found to be helpful to students who are motivated to maximize the way they think and feel.

TAO can also be incorporated into your counselling sessions; just ask about it at Student Wellness Services. There are some activities, such as treatment for substance use, that can only be accessed through a counsellor.

What is TAO Self-Help?

TAO is an online library of engaging, interactive programs that promote wellness and can help you bounce back from challenging times. Watching the videos and completing TAO’s interactive components will help you feel emotionally well and get you closer to achieving your goals.

  • TAO is designed with busy students in mind
  • TAO is mobile friendly
  • You can complete TAO at your own pace, when you want, wherever you are. Each module can be completed in short manageable segments. How you engage with TAO is entirely up to you.
  • TAO offers many different modules. If you need some help deciding which modules are for you, there is a self-screening tool that can point you in the right direction.

Some of these programs include:

Calming your worry

There are two versions of this pathway: one focuses on broad life experiences for adults, while the other is tailored to the challenges of the university student. In either version, you will learn to: 1) understand how your thoughts influence your feelings and actions; and 2) catch negative thoughts and reformulate them. Once you have control over your thoughts, you'll worry less about the challenges ahead and you’ll have a stronger ability to persist through stressful times.

Let go and be well

This pathway reinforces the resilience that lives in you. Resilience is the psychological concept of successfully processing and adapting to change and stress; two things that are often present in the life of a student. This pathway guides you to: 1) accept and embrace your life fully — even its challenges; 2) adapt to unexpected events; 3) learn mindfulness which allows you to be present and in-the-moment; and 4) clarify and understand your own personal values. Living a life that follows these priorities results in better mood and greater well-being.

Interpersonal relationships and communication

Relationships can be challenging sometimes. This pathway will help you understand how to improve your interpersonal know-how by: 1) building communication skills; 2) learning to recognize unhealthy relationship behaviors; and 3) finding ways to manage your anger. These skills will help you respond more effectively to others, and build healthy relationships with others.

Leave your blues behind

When life feels low, it’s common to think negatively. This pathway will encourage you to find ways to think more positively. You will be encouraged to: 1) pay attention to your thoughts; 2) find ways to view situations differently; and 3) learn to use mindfulness. In doing so, your mood will lift, resulting in more energy and motivation. Bye bye blues.

Improving your mood

This pathway will teach you that there is truth behind the phrase "fake it till you make it." When we feel down, we tend to withdraw from others and activities. This pathway guides you to challenge yourself to engage with your life, even when you don't initially feel like it. If you stick with it, you'll actually begin to feel better and think more positively.

Pain management

Pain can really slow us down and affect all aspects of our life. This pathway is designed to help you manage your pain through 1) influencing lifestyle choices; 2) helping you retrain your brain to reduce pain; and 3) increasing your resilience through meditation and stress management. By applying these approaches, you’ll make the best of a bad situation.

Evaluating your alcohol and drug use

Do you sometimes wonder if your use of alcohol or drugs is excessive? Have you experienced consequences as a result of your frequency of use? Has anyone suggested you should cut back a bit? This pathway is designed to help you assess your level of use. If you decide you want to start cutting back or stop using altogether, there is a treatment pathway for that too. Just ask Student Wellness Services to set you up on the TAO program for substance use. A counsellor will happily support you through that program.


How to Sign Up

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter your name and Queen’s University email address on the enrolment form.
  3. Create a password
  4. Leave the 'EnrolmentKey' field blank. Fill out the demographics and Informed Consent form, and click 'Sign Me Up!'
  5. Check your email. You will be sent a confirmation link that you must click before signing in.

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Self-Screening Tool

You can anonymously complete a self-screening assessment that will ask you a few questions about common problems, then provide you with some feedback for next steps you can take.

After you’ve signed up:

You can download the TAO Mobile app. This will allow you quick access to resources that can help you manage stressful situations. Please note, you must search for ‘TAO Mobile’, not just TAO.