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What is mental health?

Mental health is the capacity for each us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and meet the challenges we face.

Why is mental health important?

Mental health problems can cause people to feel alienated, cause anger, fear, sadness and feelings of helplessness if the person does not know or understand what is happening.

At Georgian, we have a responsibility to provide a safe and caring community on campus. We are committed to promoting student mental health at all campuses.

How Georgian counsellors can help

Our counsellors can assist and support you through free, confidential services, including:

  • Crisis counselling
  • Personal counselling
  • Information on college programs
  • Information regarding college application and admission procedures
  • Educational planning

Counsellor records are strictly confidential and can be shared only with appropriate individuals with your signed consent.

For students who are in crisis or who are dealing with time-sensitive issues, drop-in counsellors are available either in person or by phone Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mental Health and Wellness Week – November 14 – 18, 2016

The purpose of Mental Health and Wellness week is to increase awareness about mental health issues on campus. While one in five people may experience serious mental health distress, five of five of us are impacted.

We all know someone who experiences mental health issues and we all have a responsibility to provide a safe and caring community on campus. It’s time to take off the mask at Georgian, the mask of “everything is ok.” It may save lives at Georgian. The Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Committee has organized a range of free activities to promote wellness, encourage conversations and provide new information about mental health.

Please take a moment from your busy schedules to be part of the conversation and help reduce the stigma associated with mental health!

The Orillia Campus labyrinth is located outside behind the library. It is a circular path laid on the ground using rocks to mark the path. The natural treed setting provides a welcoming sanctuary for students and staff.

Labyrinth for wellness at Orillia campus

What is a labyrinth?

The labyrinth is a walking meditation that can help us find peace and calmness in our busy world. Labyrinths copy the spirals found in nature. They have been used for centuries and can now be found in settings such as parks, spa resorts, educational institutions, church courtyards and medical facilities, such as hospital gardens.

Benefits of the labyrinth

  • Lowers levels of stress
  • Promotes reflective thinking
  • Improves problem solving
  • Stimulates creativity
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Increases openness

The labyrinth as a form of self-care

College is stressful, and meeting deadlines can be overwhelming. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, young people aged 15-24 are more likely to experience mental illness and substance use disorders than any other age group. The labyrinth is a tool to practise self-care.

  • Students and staff walk the labyrinth to de-stress and find calmness.
  • Labyrinths are often described as a metaphor for our life journey, so they help us reflect on our life choices and circumstances.
  • Research suggests that walking a circular path allows the mind to let go of its need to analyze and frees the mind to engage in creativity and intuition.

The Self-Care Club

The Self Care Club is dedicated to promoting and advocating for mental wellness and mental health awareness on the Orillia Campus. The club meets regularly and hosts workshops that highlight techniques for stress relief and improved self-care.

For more information, or how to join, contact: Shanna Henderson

Community Projects Initiative (CPI) has promoted the labyrinth on the Orillia Campus as a tool for student wellness. Friends of the labyrinth thank the following Social Service Worker students for their commitment to this project: Emily Beckenhauer, Kevin Faria, Andrea Gonzalez, Emily Johnston, Nitish Sehgal and Christina Taibi.

Canadian Mental Health Association website
Bigard, M.F. (2009, Fall). Walking the labyrinth: An innovative approach to counseling center research. Journal of College Counseling, 12, 137-148. Retrieved from


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Crisis lines

Simcoe County Crisis Response Service

  • 1.888.893.8333
  • Barrie and area 705.728.5044


  • 1.866.925.5454

Ask a counsellor

Georgian’s counsellors can answer questions on many postsecondary related issues. Please email

To book an appointment with a counsellor:

  • Barrie: 705.722.1523, or drop by room B110 in the Founder’s Building. Evening appointments are available Monday to Thursday each week during fall and winter semesters
  • Midland: 705.526.3666
  • Muskoka: 705.646.7629
  • Orangeville: 519.940.0331
  • Orillia: 705.325.2740, ext. 3113 or 705.329.3113, or visit Student Services, room A200
  • Owen Sound: 519.376.0840, ext. 2099 or drop by room C607
  • South Georgian Bay students: Call 705.445.2961

Note: Only extensions are required to be dialled when calling from a Georgian College landline.

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