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Mental Health and Wellness

“Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. Reaching a balance is a learning process. At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again.

Your personal balance will be unique, and your challenge will be to stay mentally healthy by keeping that balance.”

–The Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental health and well-being is a common topic among all universities, with more students raising awareness about the challenges they are facing and the realities that come with life as a student.


Your wellness is an important priority and is strongly connected to your academic performance.

Did you know:

In the spring of 2013, 810 Western students, including students at the Affiliate University Colleges, were surveyed by the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) about their health and mental health habits, behaviors, and perceptions.

  • 73% of respondents were women.
  • The top 3 factors affecting their academic performance (ie. received a lower grade on an exam/important project; received a lower grade in/dropped a course):
    • Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Sleep Difficulties
  • 46% of women felt overwhelmed by all they had to do in the last 2 weeks.
  • 60% of women felt overwhelming anxiety, at any time in the last 12 months
  • For women, the following had been traumatic or very difficult to handle within the last year:
    • Academics (59%)
    • Sleeping Difficulties (34%)
    • Intimate Relationships (33%)
    • Finances (33%)
    • Family Problems (31%)
    • *57% had reported 3 or more of these, among others...

What do you do for your mental health?

University is an exciting time to get involved, try new things, and meet new people. It also brings a larger workload, a lot of new information, tight deadlines, financial pressures, and trouble getting enough rest--all of which can create feelings of stress and anxiety.


Sometimes we need help managing life's challenges.


It is important to be aware of the supports and services you can access, so if you start to feel overwhelmed or unable to reach a balance between all the aspects of your life, you know who to talk to and what you can do.

The Student Life Centre can help you evaluate strategies for balance and managing the student life cycle. We are also here to listen. We encourage all students to seek out the many resources, opportunities, and supports available to you.