Student Wellness Centre

The Student Wellness Centre offers urgent and non-urgent physical and mental health care to U of S students and their spouses and children.

Address
Third floor (Rm. 310) and fourth floor, Place Riel Student Centre
Hours
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Urgent assistance

 Immediate threat or danger; life threatening or severe psychological difficulties

  • Saskatoon Police Service 911 or 9-911 (on campus)
  • Royal University Hospital 103 Hospital Drive
  • Campus Protective Services (306) 966-5555

Urgent after hours assistance

  • Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services (306) 933-6200 (24 hour)
  • Campus Protective Services (306) 966-5555
  • Royal University Hospital Emergency 103 Hospital Drive
  • Saskatoon Police Service 911 or 9-911 on campus
  • Saskatoon Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (306) 244-2224

Services

The following services are provided by family physicians, medical specialists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and a dietitian:

  • Doctor and nurse appointments
  • Mental health assessment, consulting and counselling
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Sexual health care including contraception counselling and STI prevention, testing and treatment
  • Physiotherapy*
  • Message therapy*
  • Chiropractic care*

*Associated fees for physio, message and chiropractic. See below for pricing.

Additional services

Some of the following services are also available but may have restrictions or associated fees: 

Chiropractic, physical therapy and massage therapy services

These services are not free but fees are partially covered by USSU/GSA student health and dental plans and most personal health plans. 

Student Staff and faculty
Chiropractor

1st visit $65, follow-up $45

1st visit $65, follow-up $45
Physiotherapist 1st visit $55, follow-up $40 1st visit $80, follow-up $56
Massage Therapist*

30min:$40, 45m:$50, 60m:$60

30 min:$45, 45m:$60, 60m:$75

*Referral is required for Massage for coverage under the StudentCare plan.

Appointments

  • Please bring your provincial health card to your appointment.
  • Provide at least 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend your appointment. You may be charged for missed appointments.

ADHD treatment

For students who think they may have ADHD: If ADHD is suspected after an initial appointment, screening tests and further appointments are scheduled in order to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment.  The protocol involves several 30-minute appointments and requires a few weeks to complete.

For students previously diagnosed with ADHD: If you have a local provider who has seen you for this before, we ask that you continue to see that provider for ADHD-related concerns or prescriptions. If you do not have a local provider, we will request records pertaining to the ADHD diagnosis. If the records are incomplete, we would proceed with our evaluation protocol described above to complete our requirements.

Stimulant Medication Policy: We will not prescribe stimulant medication until the ADHD evaluation is completed and the student has signed our patient agreement for psychostimulant therapy. 

Medical Excuse Notes

We do not provide Medical excuse notes for missed academic requirements (including exams and labs) because of illness. A physician may provide a letter supporting accommodation or medical withdrawal for students who have been under the care of a physician for management of a long term illness. Colleges provide a procedure to be followed for missed academic requirements; use of the student-signed Declaration of Absence form is recommended. 

Travel Immunizations

For short-term "resort vacation" travel, students can get their Hepatitis A and/or B vaccinations (ideally at least a month before travel - earlier is better so it can be effective). We do not provide travel medicine consults or advice about what medicines or vaccines students should get for other international travel. We recommend the Saskatoon Health Region International Travel Centre for a comprehensive consult.

Education and programming

The centre also educates the campus community on a variety of wellness topics. 

Mental health and counselling

Self-care, social support, online 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

Eligibility

Who can visit the centre?

Students with a Canadian (provincial/territorial) health card currently registered in classes at the University of Saskatchewan. Spouses and children of students can access most services at the Wellness Centre, with the exception of psychiatry, one-on-one counselling and group therapy. However, students and their spouses can access couples counselling.

U of S staff and instructors may access physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care.

International students

Learn how to access health care in Canada how to apply for your Saskatchewan Health Card.

Booking an appointment

Important

When you book an appointment 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)

Call the centre at 306-966-5768 or visit the centre (third and fourth floor of the Place Riel Student Centre).

Self help materials

Mental health

Find self-help information about:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Self image
Physical health

Find self-help information about:

  • Sleep
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Sexual health and STIs, contraception and pregnancy
  • Nutrition and fitness

Student volunteer opportunity

Peer Health are students dedicated to promoting health on the U of S Saskatoon campus and are passionate about health issues that impact student well-being. Peer Health works within the Be Well framework in the following seven specialties:

  • Alcohol moderation and substance use
  • Healthy connections
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Invisible disabilities
  • Mental wellness
  • Parents on campus
  • Sexual wellness

Faculty and staff

Services for Staff and Faculty

Staff and faculty
Chiropractor 1st visit $65, follow-up $45
Physiotherapist 1st visit $80, follow-up $56
Massage Therapist* 30 min:$45, 45m:$60, 60m:$75

Concerned about a student

Contact the Student Affairs and Outreach team at (306) 966-5757. They can provide guidance, assistance and support if you are concerned about a U of S student.

Our Staff

Mary Ellen Andrews
Nurse Practicioner


Anne Arguin
Registered Nurse


Lisa Ehman
Senior Admin, Health Services


Alice Geib
Medical Office Assistant


Gillian Halyk
Registered Massage Therapist


Rita Hanoski
Health Education Coordinator


Dr. Peggy Holton
Physician


Dr. Susan Hurst
Registered Doctoral Psychologist


Pam Komonoski
Nurse Practicioner


Ken MacLeod
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist


Dr. Kit Mark
Physician


Dr. John Matic
Senior Physician (interim)


Nick McEachern
Massage Therapist


Jocelyn Orb
Manager, Student Health Services


Terri Peterson
Registered Social Worker


Amy Pickering
Registered Dietician


Heather Rempel
Registered Nurse


Dr. Sinead Unsworth
Psychologist


Kathleen C. Walls
Registered Psychologist


Shannon Weber
Registered Psychologist


Diane Wiens
Admin


Wendy Witzel
Registered Psychologist


Selina Zaluski
Registered Doctoral Psychologist