Counselling, mental health and well-being

Mental health resources during COVID-19

We realize this is a difficult time for everyone and our Mental Health and Well-being team is here to help.

Mental health and well-being

At Georgian College, we are dedicated to supporting the flourishing mental health and well-being of our entire college community of students and employees, to accelerate success and transform lives.

What is mental health?

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.

What is well-being?

Well-being is defined not merely by the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

What is flourishing?

Flourishing is defined as a state where people experience positive emotions, positive psychological functioning and positive social functioning, most of the time. It includes multiple components such as growth and resilience.

Mental health resources

  • 211
  • Drug/Alcohol Helpline: 1.800.565.8603phone symbol
  • Good2Talk Helpline, available 24/7/365: 1.866.925.5454phone symbol
    • New – Text Good2Talk at 686868
  • MyWellness – Video counselling
  • Mental health and well-being page on the student portal
    • Learn about a variety of resources available to you, as well as read past articles of the Flourishing Friday series that cover dozens of mental health and well-being topics

Counselling services

All Georgian College students have free, confidential access to professional counsellors. Counsellors discuss personal and mental health concerns that are impacting your life and/or academics.

How can counselling help?

  • explore solutions for challenges and concerns impacting your life;
  • learn new ways of communicating that can benefit your important relationships;
  • plan ways to promote your mental health and well-being;
  • discuss ways to strengthen your transition to college life.

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

What is case management?

The case manager co-ordinates support for students who are experiencing complex mental health or substance use issues that impact on their academic and personal success.

The case manager works collaboratively with the student, campus and community partners to address issues that present a significant barrier to the student achieving their goals.

Book a counselling appointment

To book a counselling appointment or to learn more about our services, email or call:

  • Barrie and Midland – 705.722.1523
  • Orangeville – 519.940.0331, ext. 1340
  • Orilla and Muskoka – 705.329.3113
  • Owen Sound – 519.376.0840, ext. 2099
  • South Georgian Bay – 705.445.2961, ext. 2099

Counselling services are available from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Quick links

Mental health and well-being student portal resources
Mental health and well-being strategic plan
Student insurance

In a crisis situation

For emergency or crisis situations, call 911 or Campus Safety Services at 705.722.5100

For students who are in crisis or who are dealing with time-sensitive issues, same day telephone counselling is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

To book a counselling appointment, email or call:

  • Barrie and South Georgian Bay – 705.722.1523
  • Orangeville – 519.940.0331, ext. 1340
  • Orillia, Midland and Muskoka – 705.329.3113
  • Owen Sound – 519.376.0840, ext. 2099

To connect with a counsellor 24/7, call the Good 2 Talk Helpline at 1.866.925.5454. or Text Good2Talk at 686868

Good 2 Talk, Post-secondary student helpline, 1.866.925.5454