Stay healthy and well at McGill!

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A message from Campus Life & Engagement, the one office dedicated to new McGill students. 


Good morning Campus Life & Engage!


This week, as you continue to prepare for your time at McGill, you’ll want to start thinking about your plan to stay healthy—both mentally and physically—during your studies. McGill can be a challenging environment and taking good care of yourself is essential to your success at university. Whether you’re studying in Montreal or abroad, there are a variety of remote resources and support networks designed to help you thrive and be mindful of your well-being.



What is Wellness?






Wellness has eight different components: physical health, mental health, spiritual, academic, career, cultural, social, and financial. It's more than just going for check-ups and exercising! Neglecting any one of the wellness components can have a chain effect so it's important to check in with yourself every once in a while and see how you're doing, especially while practicing physical distancing.


Get to Know the Student Wellness Hub


The Student Wellness Hub is your place to go for your holistic health and wellness needs, with plenty of services and programming available remotely to support you. Our Virtual Hub website also offers information and tools to help you stay mentally and physically fit.

A team of physical and mental health professionals—including nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counsellors, and dietitians—is available for appointments with students who are physically located in Quebec. Local Wellness Advisors also work in each faculty providing tailored advice, one-on-one support, and group activities, no matter where you’re located in the world.


If you’re living outside of Quebec this Fall, you can also access free mental-health support 24/7 through Keep.meSafea virtual counselling service available worldwide. Students can access this service by downloading the MySSP app for Apple iOS or Android.  International students living in Canada also have coverage for Maple, an online tele-health provider that allows students to consult with a physician.





At McGill, each student association provides its own health insurance coverage for domestic students; international students are covered by a plan through International Student Services. If you’re coming to Montreal, be sure to understand what's covered, and what's not, to avoid out-of-pocket expenses.


Pre-Existing Health Concerns


If you’re coming to Montreal and already have pre-existing health concerns that require regular attention, it's important to line up the resources you'll need upon arriving. For example, if you take prescription medication it’s a good idea to stock up before coming to Montreal, or transfer your prescription to a local pharmacy. If you need follow-up care from a specialist or require long-term psychotherapy, look into clinicians off campus who can take you on as a patient. Students with a documented disability, mental health disorder, chronic illness, or other impairments can register with the Office of Students with Disabilities for support



Plan for Success


McGill has a wide variety of activities to help you develop strategies to succeed. You can participate in virtual wellness and life skills workshops, as well as other activities adapted to your faculty via your Local Wellness Advisor.


Take Care of Yourself... and Others!


Building a healthy campus community depends on all of us! McGill is home to a vibrant community of peer support groups who connect students with other students in need. Check out peer support options to learn more!


The Hub’s Healthy Living Annex also offers programming through our Peer Health Educator team to keep you feeling connected and informed. From virtual collectives (movement, creative, and cooking) to harm reduction and sex education workshops, there are plenty of ways to build relationships with fellow students and educate yourself about the different facets of student life.


If you prefer to explore health promotion topics on your own time, you can read up on mental health, substance use, healthy eating, and other topics essential to staying and well through our Self-Help page!


Montreal Health Care Community Webinar


If you would like to understand where to get health help, and how to best access and utilize Montreal's health services, this webinar is for you. Join us on Wednesday, July 15 9 a.m. EST.   




There's nothing more important than your health and well-being; it's a big part of succeeding at McGill. It’s better to know the resources available to you ahead of time. If you have questions related to health and wellness, you can reach out directly to the Student Wellness Hub.


As always, you can visit our First-Year website for an in-depth explanation of all that you need to know before starting at McGill. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email, we'll be happy to help. Have a great week!


Until then,


Gilbert Lin

New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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