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Mental Health

Definition of mental health:

“Mental health means finding harmony 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.”


How Douglas supports mental wellness:

  • Counselling Services
  • International Student Counselling
  • Events (Miles for Mental Health Run/Walk, Beyond the Blues Education and Screening Days, Chill Out days, and more)
  • Aboriginal Student Support
  • Learning Centre
  • Social connectedness through clubs and leadership groups

Stay tuned to learn about the plans of the PHEs to continue facilitating mental wellness here at Douglas College.

Physical Health

Definition of physical health:

“Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.”


How Douglas supports physical health:

  • Access to two fitness facilities (NWC campus and Pinetree Community Centre)
  • Over 30 fitness classes offered between locations
  • Personal trainer at a discounted rate (http://www.spscstrength.com/douglas-college-training.html        
  • Salad bar and healthy options in the cafeterias
  • Athletics department
  • Drop-in sport activities (intramurals)
  • Intro to the Fitness Centre sessions (NW only)
  • Bonus: Douglas’ New Westminster campus is located up a very steep hill. So, if you take the Skytrain you get a free workout just getting here!

Intro to the Fitness Centre Sessions
Are you new to working out, intimidating by all of the machines, and nervous about looking funny because you are doing something wrong? Well, you aren't alone. We want to help you feel comfortable and confident in the Fitness Centre so every Monday evening from 4:45pm-6:15pm we have one of our Peer Health Educators, Angelo, who will work with you to go over all of the machines, proper form, functional exercises with dumbbells and more.  Angelo is a certified personal training and is very passionate to help fellow students.  

You can sign up anytime at the front desk of the Fitness Centre.  



Sexual Health

Definition of sexual health:

Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.”


How Douglas supports sexual health:

  • Condoms offered at the Douglas Students’ Union and the Wellness Nook
  • Development of policies around sexualized violence prevention and disclosure
  • Annual Health Fair
  • Annual on-campus confidential HIV testing provided by Fraser Health’s Public Health Nurses
  • Partnership with New Westminster Purpose Society down the street, 40 Begbie Street.
    • STI/HIV & Hep C Adult Testing Clinic offered the first and third Friday of the month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Stay tuned to learn about the plans of the PHEs to continue facilitating sexual health here at Douglas College.

Alcohol and Drug Education

Definitions of substance use and abuse:

Substance use is any time someone consumes a substance that alters their state of being. Substance abuse occurs when a person continues to use these substances despite negative consequences in their lives. Substance dependency is when a person is dependent on that altering substance.”


How Douglas promotes the reduction or elimination of substance use:

  • Counselling Services
  • Awareness events and campaigns
  • ICBC’s drinking and driving simulation offered annually at both campuses

Stay tuned to learn about the plans of the PHEs to continue facilitating substance use here at Douglas College.

Financial Wellness

Definition of financial wellness:

“Effectively managing your economic life. [Which involves] keeping spending within one’s means, being financially prepared for emergencies, having access to the information and tools necessary to make good financial decisions, and having a plan for the future.”


How Douglas supports financial wellness:

  • Financial Aid office
    • Bursaries and scholarships
  • Workshops hosted by the PHEs in partnership with external organizations
  • Free tax return filing assistance through the Douglas College Business Association

Stay tuned to learn about the plans of the PHEs to continue facilitating financial health here at Douglas College.


Definition of self-care:

“Self-care refers to activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being.”


How Douglas supports self-care:

  • Self-care is a combination of many of the above topics. Here are some other initiatives in self-care that Douglas supports:
    • Safe Walk program
    • Counselling Services
    • Aboriginal Student Support
    • Social events
    • Douglas Students’ Union – interfaith prayer room and feeding room
    • Time management workshops
    • Stress and anxiety workshops
    • Exam Jam events
    • Yoga classes for exercise, medication, breathing, and mindfulness

Stay tuned to learn about the plans of the PHEs to continue facilitating self-care here at Douglas College.

Douglas College offers a variety of activities, events, programs, and resources for your health and wellness needs.   Visit the Wellness Nook at the New Westminster campus (room S2850) for scheduled activities and to see when our Peer Health Educators are in.