It’s no secret that student life is challenging—but for some it can be overwhelming.
In 2016, SFU Health & Counselling Services participated in the National College Health Assessment survey, which involved more than 1,000 SFU students. In the survey, 15.7% of students reported being diagnosed or treated by a professional for anxiety, while 12% reported being diagnosed or treated for depression.
That means 1 in every 6 students needs mental health support—but we know there are many others who haven’t asked for help.
Stress can play a large role in the lives of students, and it can sometimes overshadow the many good memories they should be making. That's why—with your help—we are working to support student well-being.
SFU Health & Counselling Services works in collaboration with other campus groups to offer a variety of free programs. These programs help students succeed and ensure they have the best experience at SFU—and you can help them grow.
Your gift to the Health & Counselling Services Development Fund will make a direct impact in students’ lives, helping someone who might be struggling with anxiety, depression, or stress—by supporting free programs and services that have been proven to make a difference.
A gift of $300 could aid student leaders like the volunteers on the Student Health Advisory Committee. These volunteers lend a student voice to Health & Counselling Services in developing programs, and lead new initiatives that contribute to a healthy campus community.
A gift of $4,500 could support ground-breaking programs like Active Health, which provides a struggling student with prescription exercise and a personal trainer for one term. Exercise can be an effective treatment for depression and anxiety, but it can be hard to stay active without the right support.
A gift of your choice will help students improve their mental health and well-being through free wellness programs like weekly drop-in programs, My SSP (a mobile app that connects students to 24/7 counselling support), Community Cooking, Dog Therapy, and more.