Counselling & Wellness

We provide a secure, confidential, and judgment-free environment where you can access counseling and support for a wide range of issues.

There are both in-person and remote (telephone/video) appointments available, walk-ins are also welcome.

If you are in crisis, call the Canada-wide suicide hotline 988 or 911.

Your well-being matters to us, and we are dedicated to assisting you in overcoming challenges that may feel overwhelming.

Counselling Services

24/7 Helplines:

For emergencies, call 9-1-1

Addictions Helpline, 1-866-332-2322

Alberta Mental Health Helpline, 1-877-303-2642

Canada-wide Suicide Hotline, call 988 or go to website for more information.

Emergency Income Support Contact Centre, 1-866-644-5135

Family Violence Info Line, Call or text 310-1818 or online chat at

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline, 1-855-242-3310 or chat at

Health Link, health advise, Call 811

Kids Help Phone, 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868

211 Community Supports Finder, Call 211, text INFO to 211, or chat online

Trans Lifeline, Call call 1-877-330-6366, for more information visit

Additional Resources:

Alberta Supports, 1-877-644-9992 (7:30 am – 8:00 pm)

Sexual Violence & Gender-Based Violence

Personal counselling and mental health services are confidential and available to all students.

Counselling provides an opportunity to explore issues in a supportive and non-judgemental environment. Students seek help for a variety of issues such as; dealing with stress, personal relationships, feeling isolated or depressed and bereavement to name a few.

Sometimes coping with one or more of these stresses can prove to be overwhelming. Our professional student counselling staff are here to help!

Mental Health Resources

Anxiety Disorders - Canadian Mental Health Association

Depression - Canadian Mental Health Association

Gender Unicorn - Trans Student Educational Resources
LGBTQ Resources - The Lifeline Canada Foundation
What Does LGBTQ+ Mean? - KW Counselling Services

Mental Health
General Mental Health Resources - Psych Central
Helpful Mental Health Apps List
Self Help Resources - Centre for Clinical Intervention

Sexual Abuse
Local Support for all Campus Locations - The Dragonfly Centre
Men & Sexual Abuse - 1in6
Portage College Sexual Violence: Support & Prevention

Smoking, Drinking, Drug & Other Addictions
About Addiction - Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Alcohol Addiction, Get the Facts - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
Caffeine Use Information - Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Cannabis Use - Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Get the Facts About Cannabis - Government of Canada
Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health - Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Information about Drugs - Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Smoking Cessation - AlbertaQuits

Classroom Workshops are tailored to meet the specific needs of students. Past workshops requested by instructors have included: relaxation techniques and anxiety reduction. These in-class workshops are a terrific way to engage students and are tied to some of programs offered at the College.

Lunchtime workshops in the Library will be offered on demand. They provide information and support to students in a peer supported environment. Previous topics have included relaxation techniques, stress management, anxiety and anxiety reduction.

Workshops and Sessions can be tailored to student or instructor program needs.

Session Topics

  • Addictions—Gain an understanding of addiction and recovery, learn how to respond supportively, and reduce stigma.
  • Anxiety—Strategies for reducing anxiety are shared.
  • Community Helpers Program—Offered as individual presentations Sign up and Instructions for the following modules:
    How to respond to a crisis (90 min)
    Mental Health Awareness (90 min)
    You Can Help Yourself too (90 min)
    - Self-care (90 min)
    Boundaries and What to Do About Them (90 min)
    Enabling students to protect their mental health (90 min)
    - Suicide prevention (3 hrs) if requested
  • Conflict/Anger Management—Acquire skills to resolve conflicts, deal with feelings of anger, and improve communication.
  • Grief and Loss Workshop—Offer an opportunity for individuals or groups to debrief about various topics or events in a safe and non-threatening atmosphere.
  • Loneliness and Depression—Moving away from home can be an adjustment for students, this workshop gives students skills and strategies to help them focus on school and make that transition.
  • Relaxation—Learn how to cope with stress through relaxation and refocusing.
  • Self-Awareness—Learn communication skills that promote respect for self and others and help to express one’s needs and wants.

Call 780-623-5578 to schedule a workshop or session.

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We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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