Student Counselling Services

Student Counselling Services supports the mental health and well-being of students through the provision of clinical services, educational programs and consultation for faculty and staff.

3rd Floor, Place Riel, University of Saskatchewan
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Services for students

  • On-line mental health information
  • Mindfulness meditation classes
  • Mental health assessment and consultation
  • Counselling (individual, couple and group)

Services are provided by masters and doctoral trained professionals who are experienced in addressing the mental health needs of students. 

Eligibility for counselling services

  • Registered at the University of Saskatchewan, currently enrolled in classes
  • Not receiving counselling services elsewhere
  • Partner of a student if requesting couple counselling


  • There are no charge for services
  • A fee for repeated missed appointments may be applied

Taking care of your mental health

Self-care, social support, on-line mental health resources and mindfulness meditation are effective tools to help students cope with the demands of university.

Professional assistance is advised when mental health difficulties:

  • are intense
  • persist
  • significantly compromise academic and day-to-day functioning

Common reasons students seek counselling:

  • problematic anxiety
  • depression
  • thoughts of suicide
  • trauma
  • grief
  • eating and body image concerns
  • relationship difficulties
  • abuse
  • sexual assault
  • questions about sexual orientation or gender identity

Priority is given to students who have experienced a recent trauma or when safety is at risk. If this is your situation, please let our receptionist know that your situation is urgent.

To make an appointment

  • Contact the office (306-966-4920) to arrange to speak with an intake counsellor to assess needs and determine next steps.

Many students seek our service and we do our best to respond.  We appreciate students understanding that others may be experiencing urgent difficulties that require prioritization.  When there is a wait for service, we encourage you to reach out to supports and use the strategies and information on this website to help you manage.

Urgent situations

Please let us know if:

  • safety (yours or others) is at risk
  • you have experienced a recent trauma (e.g., physical or sexual assault, life-threatening accident)

Priority is given to students who have experienced a recent trauma or when safety is at risk. If this is your situation, please let our receptionist know your situation is urgent.

Urgent After-Hours Assistance

  • Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service (306) 933-6200 (24 hour crisis line and consultation)
  • Royal University Hospital Emergency Department (306) 655-1362
  • University of Saskatchewan Protective Services (306) 966-5555
  • Saskatoon Police Services 9-1-1 (or 9-9-1-1 on campus)

Additional Crisis Services

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a way of paying kind, curious attention to what is happening in our lives. While it does not eliminate challenges, it can help us meet and respond to life's pressures with greater ease.

Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation Sessions

Each session includes two guided practices, a brief teaching and an opportunity for discussion. Those new to, and familiar with mediation are welcome.

  • Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • January 16 to April 10, 2017 (no session Feb. 20)
  • STM Chapel (2nd Floor, St. Thomas More College)

8 week Mindfulness Course: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

MBSR, developed by Jon Kabat Zinn and introduced into mainstream medicine in 1979, is an evidence-based program that helps participants develop their own capacity for greater wellbeing. Reported benefits include a greater sense of balance and peace of mind, increased confidence coping with stressors and decreased psychological distress (e.g., anxiety, depression).  Weekly classes provide guided mindfulness practice (including light stretching and gentle yoga), support materials and opportunity for discussion.  Participation in this course requires an investment of time.  Prior to registering students are asked to consider whether they are able to commit to weekly class attendance and regular daily practice (approximately 30 minutes a day).

  • Wednesdays, 3:30-6:00pm
  • Attend the Orientation Session to learn more about the course and to register
  • Enrolment limited to 20 students

Orientation Session

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Saskatchewan Hall Residence, 2nd Floor Gym (access through the main doors of Saskatchewan Hall Residence)

Body Scan Meditation

Mindful Breathing Meditation

Mental health information

Client rights and responsibilities

Client Rights
  • be treated in a kind and respectful way in a welcoming and safe environment free of discrimination 
  • clear information about the services we provide, what you can expect from counselling and what will be asked of you in this process
  • know the names and educational backgrounds of our counsellors
  • be informed about confidentiality
  • consent to or refuse service and understand the potential implications of such decision
  • view or receive a copy of your therapy record and request amendment if you believe that the record is inaccruate
  • ask questions and express any concerns that you may have
Client Responsibilities
  • be courteous and respectful of other clients and Student Counselling staff
  • respect the privacy and confidentiality of other clients
  • recognize that the needs of other clients may be more urgent than your own
  • be an active participant in the assessment, decision-making and therapy process
  • provide complete and accurate information to the best of your ability
  • let your counsellor know if you have any questions or concerns about the work that you are doing together
  • arrive at your appointments on time
  • provide advance notice if you are unable to attend an appointment

Assisting students in distress


Clinicans are available to consult with members of campus community who are concerned about a student. For assistance please call (306) 966-4920 and advise reception if your situation is urgent.

Download our quick reference guide for assisting students in distress.