Sexual Health and Contraception
Whether you have been sexually active for a while, you are ready to have sex for the first time, or you have chosen abstinence, the Student Wellness Centre is available to help you make safe and healthy decisions, and to answer all your questions.
- Drop in to the Student Wellness Centre anytime during regular hours to purchase birth control or to talk to a nurse about emergency contraception, such as Plan B.
- The nurse sells condoms for $5 per dozen; oral contraceptives are available on a cost-recovery basis when you who have a prescription from a doctor in our centre.
- Talk to the front desk to:
- Book an appointment for a prescription;
- Discuss all of your birth control options with a doctor; or
- Book an appointment for STI testing if you’re having symptoms, if someone told you to get tested, or if you’re just being careful.
For more information, check out the following websites:
Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings
If you are suicidal or do not think you can keep yourself safe right now:
- Call Here 24/7 at 1.884.Here.24.7 (1.844.437.3247);
- Call Laurier's Special Constable Service at 519.885.3333 (Waterloo) or 519.756.8228 x5888 (Brantford); or
- Call 911.
- Go to the Emergency Department at Grand River Hospital (835 King Street West, Kitchener) to access the Grand River Hospital Crisis Services and Extended Assessment Unit for mental health crisis services.
SafeTALK training is available on campus, and many staff and volunteers have been trained.
Mental Health and Addictions
Mental illness, substance abuse and addictions can begin or worsen when you are in university. If you or a friend need support or just want to understand the symptoms, please talk to the many supports available on campus or check out these great sites and services. You are not alone.
- Mind Your Mind
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Waterloo
- CMHA in Brantford
- Good 2 Talk: 1.866.925.5454
- The MoodGYM
For information on how to recognize, respond to, and refer students who are experiencing mental health issues on campus, visit More Feet on the Ground. Once you`ve read all the information and completed the quizzes, you can include your participation to your Co-Curricular Record.
If you are interested in exploring dialectical behaviour therapy in an online skills-training course, visit DBT Peer Connections FREE Skills Training E-Course.
Alcohol Harm Reduction
Drinking can be a normal part of your social life, but if you need help figuring out whether or not it has become unhealthy, or if you know you need support to change your relationship with alcohol, please find out more through these sites, apps and supports.
- Saying When: For quitting or cutting down drinking from the Canadian Mental Health Association (free).
- Alcodroid Tracker: Tracks cost, calories and alcohol levels ($).
- Go to Grand River Hospital's Withdrawal Management Centre (52 Glasgow Street, Kitchener), 519.749.4318.
Centring Strategies for Focusing
Coping with a Traumatic Event
If you or someone you know is having difficulty coping with a traumatic event please remember there is help and support in our community. Nobody should have to go through it alone. Please reach out.
- Go to Grand River Hospital's Mental Health Crisis services (835 King Street West, Kitchener).
- Go to St. Mary’s Hospital's Sexual Assault or Violence services (911 Queen's Boulevard, Kitchener).
- Call Here 24/7 at 1.884.Here.24.7 (1.844.437.3247).
- Call Laurier's Special Constable Service at 519.885.3333 (Waterloo) or 519.756.8228 x5888 (Brantford).
- Access information about coping with grief and loss.
Laurier is a diverse and amazing community. There are many supports and friendly faces on campus who would love to provide information and a safe space for you, including the LGBTQ associations that are part of Laurier's Diversity and Equity office. Laurier is an enthusiastically positive space for LGBTQ.