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November 25, 2020

Services at Camosun College such as counselling are still available for students who may be feeling overwhelmed by winter exams and final assignment due dates combined with the prospect of more online classes and fewer daylight hours.

"We want to help people stay as well as they can during the dark days of winter," says Liisa Robinson, a student counsellor with student affairs. "While the anxiety and stress of student life has been exacerbated due to the pandemic, changes over the summer to the way counselling services are delivered mean students can speak with a counsellor on the same day. A counselling appointment may help you find that, even in times when a lot is out of control, there are many parts of our health that we can influence for the better."

The new approach, based upon the stepped care model, provides improved access for students through the creation of same day appointments, while providing flexibility with follow-up appointments in a variety of lengths.

Camosun students can book a counselling appointment by phoning 250-370-3571 or 250-370-4925. Urgent after-hours support is available through the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888.

For 24/7 app, phone or web counselling and community referrals contact Here2Talk at 1-877-857-3397 or

Ten tips for managing stress and anxiety:

  1. Take care of your body by finding time to exercise, getting outside and sleep.
  2. Practice mindfulness by bringing your attention to the present.
  3. Stay connected with friends and family, and share your concerns.
  4. Keep a routine that involves self-care, getting work done and supporting people.
  5. Avoid too much exposure to news and remember to switch off.
  6. Take breaks to engage in activities you enjoy.
  7. Be kind to yourself and remember you are not alone.
  8. Focus on areas you can influence to avoid feeling out of control.
  9. Keep things in perspective by reminding yourself about what matters most.
  10. Reach out for support from a friend, a family member of a counsellor.

Established in 1971, Camosun is one of the largest colleges in British Columbia with campuses on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

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Rodney Porter, Executive Director
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Camosun College

Liisa Robinson, Student Counsellor

Last updated: November 24, 2020 2:22 pm

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