It’s week 4, and we’re all getting a bit frazzled. Some, more than others. Your parents and professors might tell you that university is “hard” but when it’s all-consuming and disrupting your sleep, eating habits, socializing, and ability to function… it’s time to ask for help.

Here are some free resources that you can access on-campus and in the community, to start feeling like yourself again.

If you want to talk to someone

AMS Peer Support Centre – open 10am-10pm, 7 days a week. (613) 533-6000 x 75111

  • Students can drop-in for support or call-in for questions during those hours.
  • safe, non-judgmental, and confidential environment for students to speak about personal or academic issues with empathetic volunteers.
  • help students find and use the excellent resources available on campus and in the Kingston community. 
  • located in room 34 & 26 in the JDUC, (facing the Printing & Copy Centre, turn right and walk to the very end of the hallway), and we can be reached by phone
  • No issue is too big, too small, or too diverse. Our goal is to ensure that students know there is always someone to talk to and that they are not alone.

TALK Kingston – open 7pm-3am, 7 days a week. (613) 544-1771

  • confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental volunteer-based support service

Good 2 Talk – open 24/7. 1-866-925-5454

  • free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.
  • serves students at Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges and universities (that’s you!), with a primary focus on those aged 17 to 25.

If you want to get organized

Book a 1-on-1 appointment with a Professional Learning Strategist, a Professional Writing Consultant, or a Peer Writing Assistant at SASS. All appointments are free for Queen’s University students.

SASS has a number of resources available online to help you.

  • The Strategies and Topics section offers downloadable PDFs, tools and templates on a wide variety of topics, like time management, academic stress, or presentation skills (and more).
  • Handouts that cover a variety of writing topics: thesis statements, effective paragraph structure, grammar, etc.) can be downloaded for personal use.
  • The Assignment Calculator and Thesis Manager can help you manage larger projects and assignment and work towards long-term goals.
  • We also have a list of focus and time management tools on the web to help you cope with online (and offline!) distractions. Keep in mind that those links will lead off our website; we are not responsible for the content you find there. Most are free but some require a subscription or one-time purchase.
  • Our upper-year volunteers, the Peer Learning Assistants, post a weekly blog during the fall and winter terms. Check out our archives for candid, helpful and often funny posts on surviving and thriving as a Queen’s student.
  • Other helpful information for writers – see here and here.

If you want to make some time for self-care

Check out this list of upcoming Health & Wellness events!

If you want to feel healthier

If you want to get back on track

Photo Credit: Queen’s University: Lars Hagberg.