Psychological Assistance

The time you spend at university is filled with new experiences. You may also encounter many types of personal challenges and difficulties. If you have questions about your personal life or your life as a student, you can meet with a Relationship Assistance Advisor at Student Life Services (SLS) to help facilitate your personal and social development.

You can discuss your concerns, a personal experience that may be troubling you or even how to tackle academic challenges. You will be offered a preliminary contact to quickly evaluate your needs. After that, you can arrange for up to seven individual meetings, by appointment. These services are free and strictly confidential.

Individual counselling

It costs you nothing for these sessions, including an evaluation meeting and six subsequent therapeutic follow-up meetings. During your first appointment, you can ask any questions you may have, such as the approach and structure of the sessions, confidentiality and the cancellations policy. After seven free sessions, it is possible to add a few additional sessions after discussion and with the approval of the student counsellor.

Your first appointment in fewer than 15 working days*

To make an appointment with a student counsellor, simply visit the Office of Student Life centre (room E-3042), call 514 396-8942 or email

*Although the vast majority of requests will be processed within 15 working days, the processing time for requests deemed less urgent may slightly exceed the usual time. However, the emergency response service (see below) is not affected.

Emergency Response Service

Emergency Response Service

Are you experiencing a suicidal crisis or any other serious situation that could affect your personal, social or professional well-being? Office of Student Life (Services à la vie étudiante – SVE) offers an emergency consultation service that is available during SVE business hours.

Jeune homme dont on ne voit pas le visage assis dans le bureau d'une psychologue qui l'écoute en prenant des notesA counsellor (psychologist or psychosocial practitioner) will take charge of your case the same day to provide you with the support you need and guide you toward the appropriate resources, as required.

Important: psychologists do not offer psychological assessment for the purpose of issuing a certificate of incapacity to pursue studies or to attend an exam. If this is what you need, consult your family doctor or a medical doctor at an emergency clinic.

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As a complement to individual consultations, you can contact telephone counselling services and community resources that can give you the support you need.

Info-Santé, call 8-1-1
Phone service to consult a professional 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can speak to a healthcare professional at Info-Santé about non-urgent issues.

Find a CLSC in your neighbourhood: Find a CLSC

Ordre des psychologues du Québec (in French)  514 738-1881 ou 1 800 363-2644

Tel-Aide  514 935-1105
Phone counselling service that is available 24 hours a day for people in distress. 

Tel-Jeunes (in French)  514 288-2266 or 1 800 263-2266
Phone counselling service for young people, online or by phone.

Kids Help Phone  514 273-7007 ou 1 800 668-6868
Free, confidential phone counselling for young people, available 24 hours a day.

Suicide Action Montréal  514 723-4000 or 1 866 APPELLE (277-3553)
Professional phone counselling that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (in French) 1 866 APPELLE (277-3553)
Help, information and suicide prevention in Quebec

Relief  1 866 738-4873 
Québec-based association that offers support to people with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.

La Clé des champs  (in French) 514 334-1587
Peer support network for people with anxiety.

Phobies-Zéro  514 276-3105 or 1 866 922-0002
Support group for youth and adults with anxiety. Support groups in Montréal and by region.

Interligne (formely Gai Écoute)  514 866-0103 or 1 888 505-1010
Centre that offers assistance, phone counselling and information for people affected by sexual diversity and gender plurality.

Sure, we all think that going to university is all about friends, fun and good times. However, since going to university inevitably means a considerable workload, reality is sometimes more like “stooped posture, bags under your eyes and sleep deprivation.”

Even so, with a bit of willpower and some useful tips, it’s possible to lead a balanced life throughout your studies and thereby prevent stress, anxiety and burnout.

Here are five helpful hints:

Plan Meals and Healthy Snacks

“Plan your meals and snacks. Buy food on sale. Cook in larger quantities and freeze the leftovers.” – Catherine Bazinet, nutritionnist at the ÉTS Sports Centre

Start your day on the right foot by taking the time to eat breakfast! After eight to 12 hours without food, the brain’s stores of glucose – its basic fuel – are at their lowest. Breakfast ensures that you refuel and can perform better intellectually.

Enjoy fruits and vegetables at all meals and for snacks. Whether they’re fresh, frozen or canned, fruits and vegetables contain nutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) that are indispensable to your body running smoothly.

Get Exercise

“Don’t use studying as an excuse not to move around. With exams and coursework, stress levels become difficult to manage, and exercise helps to control stress. Stay active throughout the session and get even more exercise during stressful periods.” 
– François Beauregard, kinesiologist-trainer at the ÉTS Sports Centre

Getting daily exercise doesn’t just increase your energy levels. It also helps you deal with stress, increases your concentration abilities, helps you sleep better, strengthens your heart and lungs and makes you feel better in general. Exercising benefits you in every way! So… are you ready to get moving? Check out what the ÉTS Sports Centre has to offer (in French).

Get Enough Sleep

A good night’s sleep is key for your concentration, energy and well-being.

Having trouble sleeping? Here are 10 tips for sound sleep adapted from the Morin method (in French).

Avoid Drinking Too Much Alcohol

The idea is not to avoid alcohol altogether, but to learn how to consume it in moderation. Women are advised not to have more than two drinks a day or 10 drinks a week. It is also important not to drink alcohol while pregnant or nursing.

Men are advised not to drink more than three drinks a day or 15 drinks a week.

Moderation By the Numbers: 2-3-4-0
Alcoholics Anonymous

Quit Smoking

If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, you can get tips and support at the toll-free iQuitnow hotline 1-866-527-7383. Hotline support staff can help you find a quit smoking centre near you (at no charge!).

And while you’re at it, why not sign up for the Quit to Win! Challenge?

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