Mental Health Issues

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Mental health issues can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Students who are experiencing a mental health problem will find themselves somewhere on the mental health continuum. It’s important to be able to distinguish between a mental health issue and a mental illness. Throughout this section, you’ll learn about some of the most common mental illnesses university students experience.

Mental Health vs Mental Illness

Mental health is defined as “The ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges you face everyday – whether that involves making choices and decisions, adapting to and coping in difficult situations, or talking about your needs and desires.” (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (2003), Challenges and Choices, pp 11, Toronto, Ontario.)

This means one is able to go on with their day-to-day activities and function at a normal pace. Even though not everything may go as originally planned she/he is still able to get through the challenges life throws at them. University life often involves many changes and stressors. Many factors may trigger a change in one’s mental health.

 Students may face a wide range of concerns including:

  • Relationship issues
  • Adjustment issues
  • Stress
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Violence in relationships
  • Body image concerns
  • Decision-making issues
  • Procrastination
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Social anxiety
  • Esteem issues
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual assault
  • Eating disorders
  • Traumatic events
  • Family problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Disability issues
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse

Mental illness is the term used to refer to mental health problems that are diagnosed and treated by a mental health professional. In the medical profession, they are also called “mental disorders,” but this is a term most people are not very comfortable with. Mental illness includes depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, schizophrenia and self-injurious behaviour.

Where the Two Meet

Mental health problems generally refer to those changes that occur over a period of time or that significantly affect the way a person copes or functions. When these changes in thinking, mood and behaviour are associated with significant distress and impaired functioning, it may be the person is experiencing a mental illness.


The continuum is applicable to all students. Acknowledging one’s own mental health is a crucial aspect in the development of positive well-being. There are many resources at Brock for students to access regardless of where they are on the mental health continuum. For more information on each stage visit More Feet on the Ground

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    Student Health Services

    Located in Harrison Hall
    (next to Campus Security)
    Physicians and Mental Health Nurse
    905-688-5550 x3243

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    Personal Counselling

    Located in the Schmon Tower – ST400
    905-688-5550 x3240 (crisis)

    905-688-5550 x4750 (non-crisis/

    appointment booking)


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    Campus Security

    Located in the Kenmore Centre (across from the Walker Complex)
    905-688-5550 x3200 (crisis)
    905-688-5550 x4300 (non-crisis)

Crisis Services
at Brock

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    Brock Campus Security

    905-688-5550 x3200

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    In Case Of Emergency

    Call 911

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    Niagara Distress Centre

    905-688-3711 (support line)

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    Niagara Health System, St. Catharines Hospital

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    Personal Counselling

    905-327-2244 (emergency after hours)

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    24 Hours Post-Secondary Student Hotline (Good 2 Talk)


After Hours Crisis Resources