Supports and Resources
There are many supports and resources available at Red River College Polytechnic, including those listed below. You can also check out supports and resources specific to crisis resources.
If you need help, please reach out.
Student Counselling Services
All students at all campus locations are welcome to access support from our professional and registered counsellors. Red River College Polytechnic counsellors can help you work through personal struggles, develop skills to manage better, and improve your wellbeing.
Early Assist is a confidential online platform that provides the RRC Polytech community, including faculty, staff and students, an opportunity to identify students who may be struggling personally (non-academic), so that staff can offer them appropriate support and services at an early stage. Learn more about the platform.
MindBeacon Digital Therapy
MindBeacon is customized digital therapy, guided by a mental health professional. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, MindBeacon can empower you to deal with life’s challenges. With guidance from a registered therapist, you’ll develop strong coping skills and techniques. Now available for free for Red River College Polytechnic students, MindBeacon can help with mood, anxiety, attention, and insomnia.
Visit any of the following around campus and get started today:
- Mental Health Coordinator
- Student Counselling Services
- Indigenous Student Support
- International Student Support
- Academic Success Centre
Students registered in the Health and Dental Plan have insurance coverage for counselling or therapy with a psychologist or social worker, as well as massage from a registered massage therapist.
Psychologists can help with a wide variety of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, panic, depression, and attention problems. You can find a psychologist here.
To speak to someone about your benefits or find forms, visit the RRCSA Student Benefits Plan Office.
Due to our northern latitude, many Manitobans experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while others experience a milder form of winter blues. SAD is a form of depression that occurs mostly during the fall and winter months, when days shorten and sunlight decreases. Light therapy, sitting near a specialized light each day, is one form of treatment.
This is why several campus libraries now have light therapy stations. Ask library staff to direct you to the light therapy options nearest you.
Healthy Minds Healthy College Library Collection
The RRC Polytech Library has curated a collection of books and other resources related to mental health and wellness. Explore the LibGuide to learn more.
Sometimes we need a quiet place to mediate, pray, or simply be. For this purpose, we have reflection rooms. The Reflection Rooms are designed to be non-denominational spaces open to people of all religions, faiths, and/or spiritual practices.
They can also be used by students and staff who want a quiet space away from the busy campus.
- Notre Dame Campus – Room A233
- The Roblin Centre – Room P207
The spaces are open from 7am to 5pm, Monday – Friday.
For access after-hours, contact Security Services at either location and they will open up the space.
Support in the Community
Connect with self-help organizations. Canadian Mental Health Association is a great place to start.
If you experience difficulties with:
- Anxiety: Visit the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba.
- Mood (eg. Depression): Visit the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.
- Psychosis: Visit Peer Connections.
- Body image or weight control behaviours: Visit the Provincial Eating Disorders Program.
- Alcohol or drug use problems: Visit Alcoholics Anonymous or Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.
- Gender or sexual orientation concerns: Visit Rainbow Resource Centre.
Self-management strategies can be very helpful. Here are some breathing and relaxation techniques: