Counselling and Other Resources

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Counselling Services for Students

Free, confidential, and bilingual counselling is offered to all Saint Paul University students, both virtually and in person (on campus).

Two psychotherapists are available for individual and strictly confidential sessions to help you cope with issues affecting your life. To book an appointment, contact:

Mélodie Mayer and Cynthia Schoppmann both have their own private practice and follow strict confidentiality guidelines. They are under contract with Saint Paul University to offer psychotherapy to students. Their services are completely independent from Saint Paul University; the latter has no access to any information regarding appointments or the identity of students using the services.

Student Health and Wellness Centre

Saint Paul University students have access to the University of Ottawa’s new Student Health and Wellness Centre, located at 801 King Edward (room N203). Its multidisciplinary team of health professionals offers a wide range of mental and physical health services to uOttawa and SPU students. Please visit the Centre’s website for more information.

Other Resources

If you are struggling and in need of immediate support:

  • Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914 (Ottawa) or 1-866-966-0991 (outside Ottawa)

Free 24/7 hotline in English and French for individuals 16 years or older living in Ottawa, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the County of Renfrew, and Akwesasne.

  • Ottawa Distress Centre: 613-238-3311

Free 24/7 helpline in English and French for anyone in Ottawa feeling distressed and in need of help with an array of issues.

  • Outaouais Distress Line: 1-866-676-1080

Free 24/7 hotline in English for anyone needing help in rural Outaouais: MRC La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, MRC Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais, MRC Papineau, and MRC Pontiac.

  • Crisis Services Canada:1-833-456-4566 (all of Canada except Québec) and 1-866-277-3553 (Québec)

Free 24/7 hotline in English and French for anyone in Canada thinking about or affected by suicide. You can also send a text to 45645 (between 4 p.m. and 12 a.m.).

  • Hope for Wellness Helpline: 1-855-242-3310

Free 24/7 helpline offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada in English and in French (phone counselling also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut on request). You can also use the chat at

  • Native Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-877-209-1266

Free 24/7 hotline that provides service in English across Canada and the US.

  • LGBT Youthline: 1-800-268-9688 (line open from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Friday)

Free helpline that provides peer support and referrals in English to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, queer and questioning youth 29 and under across Ontario. You can also text 647-694-4275.

  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366

Free 24/7 hotline staffed by trans people dedicated to the well-being of transgender people, providing peer support and resources in English across Canada and the US.

  • Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454

Free 24/7 helpline in English and French for post-secondary students in Ontario, providing counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.

  • ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600

Free 24/7 confidential health services information in English and French for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. You can also use the chat at

  • Ottawa Rape Crisis Line: 613-562-2333

Free 24/7 crisis line offering services in English to survivors of sexual violence, supporters, family and friends of survivors in Ottawa.

  • Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa Support Line: 613-234-2266 (TTY: 613-725-1657)

Free 24/7 line for all those who identify as women in Ottawa in crisis situations, offering support in English around healing and coping, debriefing, options, referrals and information.

  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1-866-863-0511 (TTY: 1-866-863-7868)

Free 24/7 crisis line providing counselling, emotional support, information and referrals in English to all women across Ontario who have experienced abuse. You can also text #SAFE (7233).

  • The Ottawa Hospital Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program: 613-798-5555 x 13770 (TTY: 613-761-4140: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

24-hour emergency services for the Greater Ottawa area, located within the Emergency Department at The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus.

The Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus
1053 Carling Avenue
Ottawa ON K1Y 4EY

More details here.