Health and Wellness


Caring for your health at McGill

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


Hey Campus Life & Engage!


As you continue to prepare for your time at McGill, you’ll want to start thinking about caring for yourself—mentally, emotionally, and physically during your studies. McGill can be a challenging environment and it's essential that you put your health and happiness first! There are a variety of resources and support networks designed to help you thrive and to support your well-being!


For more information, we invite you to check out the “Health and Wellness” module on McGill 101, which you can find on myCourses.


Take Note!


1️⃣ 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!


2️⃣ 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 before 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.


3️⃣ Students with a documented disability, mental health disorder, chronic illness, or other impairments can register with the Office of Students with Disabilities for support and accommodations.



McGill has a wide variety of activities to help you develop strategies for success! You can take part in virtual wellness and life skills workshops, as well as other activities specific to your faculty via your Local Wellness Advisor. McGill is also home to a vibrant community of peer support groups who connect students with other students in need! Check out peer support options here.


🛩️ Send-Offs

Want to connect with your peers and learn more about the McGill experience? Meet other first years from your region at our upcoming Send-Offs! These events give you the chance to submit any questions you might have live, as well as hear from current students! Check out all this summer's send-offs and register here.

  • Asia Send-Off: Thursday, June 24 at 7:30 PM HKT
  • Quebec Send-Off: Monday, July 5 at 5:30 PM EDT



🩺 Student Wellness Hub

The Hub is your one-stop shop for on-campus health and wellness! A specialized team of nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counsellors, access advisors, local wellness advisors and dietitians are available for appointments with students who are physically located in Quebec.


💓 @HealthierMcGill

Follow @HealthierMcGill on Instagram and Facebook to join an online health and wellness community of McGill students! McGill experts create content and share resources such as evidence-based psychology infographics, videos, online wellness forums, Hub Services information, and sign-ups for upcoming events. Following this account is a great way to begin your journey at McGill you'll build community and discover all the types of wellness support available to you!


💻 Virtual Hub

The Student Wellness Hub’s On Demand video programming is a great choice for students who can't attend in-person workshops, or for those who would like to keep building and strengthening their wellness toolkit!


⌨️ Keep.meSAFE

Both McGill students in Quebec and abroad have access to the Keep.meSAFE program—a free, confidential and secure online mental health counselling service.

🌟 McGill Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL)

Spiritual wellness is just as important as the physical and emotional! MORSL offers a wide variety of services to support you through your time at McGill including spirituality and wellness events, interfaith chaplains, and community resources!

Learn About!


📝 Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC) Survey

The BCRC is a growing, resource-based organization that provides professional support to organizations and individuals in need. Help them understand the state of well-being of Quebec’s Black community by participating in the 2021 Black Community Vitality Survey in English or French! For more information about the survey, visit their website or contact McGill's Black Student Liaison at with any questions.



Check out CL&E's upcoming webinars for info on housing (both on and off campus) and more detailed info on health insurance and wellness at McGill!

🏡 All About Housing (Residences)

This interactive info session will help you answer the question: Why should I live in McGill residences? Join us to discuss the various building options, programming and community, meal plans and more!

  • Saturday, June 19 at 10 AM EDT
  • Sunday, June 20 at 6 PM EDT

🚇 Housing (Off-Campus)

Learn all about services, resources, and communities available to McGill students living off campus (i.e. NOT in a McGill Residence)!

  • Monday, June 22 at 6 PM EDT

  • Tuesday, June 23 at 10 AM EDT

🩹 MTL Healthcare Community

Join us as we review the different types of health insurance coverage as they apply to Quebec, out of province, and international students at McGill! We'll explore your physical and mental healthcare options both on and off campus, including virtual care services. Information about local COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination will also be discussed.

  • Tuesday, June 29 at 6 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, June 30 at 10 AM EDT

As always, you can visit McGill 101 on myCourses 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!




Gilbert Lin

Manager, Orientation & Student Engagement | Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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