“It’s hard to put into words how important SFU Health & Counselling Services has been for me. Without HCS—and all the donors that make their services possible—I don’t think I would have gotten to where I am now.”
- Ashley Chamberlain, SFU student
Even before the pandemic hit, it was clear that students today often face mental health challenges. However, according to a survey last year, only 37% of students described themselves as “thriving”, compared to 52% in 2019. Whatever challenges students were facing before, the pandemic has only exacerbated them.
That’s why it’s so important that low barrier help for mental health is available to all students. SFU Health & Counselling Services works in collaboration with other campus groups to offer a variety of free and accessible programs. These programs help students succeed and ensure they have the best experience at SFU. But they are only possible with your support.
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.
Your support allows HCS to continue providing vital services—such as the My Student Support Program (MySSP) platform and Access Case Managers—that allow students to reach out for professional counselling and other guidance, without having to take the intimidating step of setting up a face-to-face appointment.
In addition, you will also be supporting a range of groups and activities that help build a supportive community for students. Students looking for support can find it through creating art, sharing food, practicing mindfulness meditation, and participating in discussions with peers and specialized counsellors. Donors help make an incredible range of services possible.
Now, more than ever, it is vitally important that students can receive free and convenient help—wherever they are, whenever they need it. Please give today.