Prioritize Your Health & Wellness
Wellness and academic success are interconnected concepts, meaning that the ways that you care for yourself and the choices you make when it comes to your health can have a direct impact on your academic journey and student success.
Having tools, information, and resources to support your wellness throughout your student life at Douglas College is very important in helping you to succeed in your studies.
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
- Wellness events (Bell Let's Talk Day, Beyond the Blues Education and Screening Days, Chill Out days, and more)
- Indigenous Student Services
- Learning Centre
- Social connectedness through clubs and leadership groups
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:
Physical Activity Resources:
- Douglas College Virtual Fitness Classes
- Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults – Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
- Physical Activity - HealthLinkBC
- How to Exercise with Limited Mobility - HelpGuide.org
Online Nutrition Resources:
Easy & Healthy Recipes for College Students:
Eating Disorders & Body Image Resources:
- National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
- Body Image and Eating Disorders - Government of BC
- Eating Disorders - HeretoHelp
- Body Image - National Eating Disorders Association
- Eating Disorders - Canadian Mental Health Association
- Kelty Eating Disorders - BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
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:
- Free condoms available at the Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) and at Student Wellness Awareness Network & Consent events
- Annual Health Fair at both campuses with sexual health information
- 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.
Sexual Health Resources:
- Options for Sexual Health - Find clinics and resources or contact the anonymous phone line to talk about sexual health.
- Sex & U - Learn more about sex and sexual health.
- Web Smart Sex Resource - Learn about STIs, testing options, find clinics, or chat with a nurse online.
- Health Initiative for Men (HIM) - HIM has five health centres throughout the Lower Mainland and is a non-profit society that supports the health and well-being of gay men.
- Bute Street Clinic - A local, independent, drop-in, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) clinic affirmingly serving the LGBTQ2SAI+ community.
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
Online Substance Use Resources:
- Effects of Alcohol
- Tips for Safer Alcohol Use
- Cannabis – Government of BC
- Safer Cannabis Use
- Opioid Overdose Awareness
- Controlled and Illegal Drugs
- Quitting Smoking & Tobacco Use
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
- Free tax return filing assistance through the Douglas Commerce And Business Association
There is a wide variety of resources available to individuals who identify as LGBTQ2S+ in the Metro Vancouver area including the Douglas Student Union's Pride Collective.
- Qmunity: BC's Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit Resource Center
- PFLAG Canada - information and support for parents, families, friends, co-workers and others
- Health Initiative for Men - non-profit supporting the health and well-being of gay men and other gender diverse people in BC
- Raincity Housing - LGBTQ2S+ Housing for Youth
- Salaam Canada - Queer Muslim Community
- Sher Vancouver - non-profit society for LGBTQ+ South Asians and their friends, families and allies in Metro-Vancouver, BC
- Vancouver Pride Society
- New West Pride
- Burnaby Pride
- Tri-Cities Pride Society