Archived: Get the support you need to help you succeed (AKA – asking for help is hard!)

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It doesn’t matter whether you feel like you’re drowning under your workload or if you’re struggling with a personal issue: university stress is real. And when that stress starts to get in the way of getting your work done, you might want to consider the possibility of finding some support to help you out.

Luckily, around reading break is a great time to figure out how you’re doing and whether or not you might want to start looking for some support. Whether you’re wrestling with academic or non-academic stress, it’s important to know where to turn to for a little extra help.

If you’re not sure whether you’re at that point yet, ask yourself: is [insert issue here] interfering your day-to-day life stuff? Maybe it’s distracting you from getting your assignments done on time or giving you that super fun feeling of “oh no everything is awful and I’m dying please send help ☠️🚑”. If you’re having new feelings of helplessness or anxiety, that’s a good good tip-off, too. In this case, you’ve gotta be the expert on being you; we can’t tell you when you Definitely For Sure 100% Need To Ask For Help, because we’re not experts on being you. One of the important things you’ll (hopefully) learn during your time at university is recognizing when you need to ask for help – and who to ask.

So maybe you just need a friend to lend a sympathetic ear while you rant. Maybe all you need to keep going is a strong drink and a fistful of Oreos. Or maybe you need a qualified person to sit down with you and hash out your next steps?

If you’re in that last camp now, the good news is that there’s tons of places you can connect with, both on- and off-campus, that can either help you solve your problem or get you in touch with the right people who can. We’re compiled a short list of folks who are eager and happy to help you out – in fact, that’s what they’re here for!

One last note: you’d be surprised how many times we hear students say that they don’t want to use a service because they’re worried that it will be taking it away from someone else who needs it more. That’s incredibly generous and we absolutely appreciate the sentiment. But we’re here to help you, and you actually paid for our services when you paid your tuition for the semester. So we really, really want you get connected to the services you need. If you’re not sure whether we offer the thing you need, we’d recommend getting in touch with the Peer Support Centre or the Student Advocacy Coordinator – they can chat with you about what’s going on and figure out what your next steps should be.

Anyway, on to the list:


Student Advocacy Centre
Confidential support and options for individual students dealing with both academic and non-academic advocacy concerns and questions.
Z303 (3rd floor Wyckham House)


Peer Support Centre
Daily drop-in access to barrier-free financial, food, and peer counselling services for non-academic concerns.
Z210 (2nd floor Wyckham House)


Mount Royal Wellness Services: Student Counselling
Personal, career, and educational counselling, including crisis support. Daily drop-in times, bookable appointments, and workshops.
Room U216


Mount Royal Student Learning Services
Academic support for students through peer tutoring, writing and learning services, and mentorship.
Room T123


Distress Centre
24-hour crisis support, professional counselling and referrals – all at no cost.


Calgary Counselling Center
A charitable organization committed to providing compassionate, professional, and affordable counselling services to Calgarians.