Ellie Donohue-Miller – The Brock Press
Student Health Services exists to provide you with a catch-all on-campus support system for any medical or health needs.
School can be stressful and with this stress comes problems like colds, flus, depression and eating disorders. Especially if you are living away from home for the first time, it can be difficult to take proper care of yourself.
New students lack the support system they had at home. Parents are no longer around to cook meals or take care of you when you are sick. Longtime friendships are replaced by brand news ones, where you may not have the same level of trust yet and the ability to talk about how you are feeling emotionally.
Located in Harrison Hall, next to Campus Security, Student Health Services is open to all Brock University students. They have regular hours during the week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., run an urgent care walk-in clinic and also book evening appointments.
Student Health Services states that they “support a diverse student population through provision of confidential primary health care, prevention programs, wellness education and strategic medical and academic partnership promoting optimal health and university success”.
You can receive medical care at the clinic, as well as referrals to specialists like physiotherapists, chiropractors and counsellors. Student Health Services offers massage therapy and also administer Medical Excuse Notes if you are ill and unable to meet an academic deadline.
A 2009 study conducted by the American College Health Association reports that one third of students said that within the last 12 months, they had experienced such intense depression that they found it difficult to function.
Gordon Flett, a professor of Psychology at York University and a Canada Research Chair in Personality and Health, told CBC that while an extensive Canadian study on the subject has not been conducted, he believes the results would be similar to the United States.
Students need support from on-campus organizations, but also need to be familiarized with all the services that exist in the community.
Since students often feel separate from the rest of the St. Catharines community, Student Health Services runs an annual health fair in November. At this event, students can learn more about other health organizations like the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre, Brock Counselling Services, the Brock Student Sexual Violence Support Centre, the Distress Centre, QUEST and AIDS Niagara.
Student Health Services also has Peer Health Educators who engage students on health issues and work to prevent some of the issues students deal with. The Peer Health Educators run campaigns on issues like body image, nutrition, mental health awareness, physical activity, stress management, and how to sleep well.
These issues are also discussed in the monthly online magazine that Students Health Services puts together. Student Health 101 can be accessed on their website.
For more information about the services and programs offered by Student Health Services, see their website at www.brocku.ca/health-services. You can also phone 905-688-5550 extension 3243 to book an appointment.