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Resilience is about having the ability to “bounce back,” recover from or positively adapt to difficult situations, stresses, changes or challenges in our lives we all inevitably face from time to time.1,2

As a student, you might experience both positive and negative events that make you feel overwhelmed, stressed, down or lonely. Things like…

  • Doing poorly on an exam or class
  • Interacting with new people
  • Moving away from home
  • Moving into a new residence or house
  • Having a major dispute with a friend or parent
  • Experiencing abuse, bullying or social exclusion
  • Starting a new job
  • Being promoted
  • Beginning a new romantic relationship

Demonstrating resilience in the face of these challenges or changes allows you to move forward in a positive way while ensuring you maintain your mental, physical and emotional health and well-being. Keep in mind, being resilient does not mean you don’t experience negative emotions! It just means you are able to cope effectively when you find yourself in a tough situation.


One of the best things about resilience is it can be learned by anyone at anytime!1 We are all capable of building and fostering our resilience through our thoughts, behaviours and actions.

As family members, friends and members of the Brock community we can also help others increase their resilience.2,3

Building resilience is a lifelong process that you can work to increase in many different ways. Here are just a few ways you can build your own resilience or encourage others to increase theirs:

  • Make connections and build positive relationships
  • Accept change is a part of life
  • Have a positive view of yourself
  • Use positive coping strategies such as deep-breathing, positive self-talk and mindfulness
  • Take action
  • Take care of yourself
  • Seek assistance when needed
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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