Indigenous Health and Wellness
Health and wellness supports for Indigenous students are available through Cplul’kw’ten.
- Advocates for students on important issues such as discrimination and harassment.
- On-site counselling three days a week. Counselling available all week long in Old Main.
- Social support system to enhance a sense of community.
- Potlucks, social events and fun games are just some of the things to look forward to at Cplul’kw’ten
Virtual appointments are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Navigating alternate learning may be challenging at first and it is normal and okay to feel stressed about this new way of learning.
Stress can be a powerful motivator and can help you be productive. However, too much stress is detrimental to your well-being.
As noted on TRU’s Wellness Centre website:
Although we can’t always control what happens in our day-to-day lives, we can learn how we react to and cope with stressful events. The better we become at adapting and coping with situations, the better we are able to manage the stress in our lives.
Recognize your own response to stress. Symptoms of stress can manifest in many different ways:
Stress Management Tips:
- Take care of your body – such as eating well, sleeping well, and exercising. Also, with transitioning to online learning it is important to take breaks from screen time to get outside and engage in leisure activities. Sometimes simply getting back to basic care can make all the difference.
- Stay connected to friends and family
- Practice Mindfulness – Notice the thoughts and feelings you are having, but then bring your focus back to the present. Focus on your breath and what is around you.
Many people partake in mindfulness by practicing deep breathing, yoga, meditation, tai chi, or going out in nature.
Apps for mindfulness include: Calm, Headspace, Mindshift.
Check out TRU Wellness Centre’s provides the following grounding techniques which may be helpful:
- Take breaks and choose to make time for leisure activity – things that will rejuvenate you (self-care) such as power naps, exercise breaks, breathing, meditation, music, snacks, social time. Make time for what makes you feel good and what you enjoy doing.
- Be kind to yourself and patient with yourself– exercising self-compassion is so important, comfort yourself and treat yourself as you would a friend.
- Time management – learning how to manage your time more effectively can help, check out the tips and resources below.
- Learn to say no – you are human, and it is important to know your own boundaries and limitations. A lot of stress and pressure can be caused by having too many commitments. Before you take on something new, consider if you have the time and energy to commit to it.
- Ask for help – You are not alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out to supports at TRU or in your community.
TRU’s counselling department is here for virtual appointments, email email@example.com to book an appointment.
Chelsea Corsi, TRU’s Wellness Coordinator, is available for health and wellness consultation appointments (topics such as nutrition, mild stress, sexual health, wellness planning, sleep hygiene, etc.), email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a virtual appointment.
Here2Talk – 24/7 free counselling and referral service for BC students. Can access by phone online chat or the here2talk app. Get in touch with a counsellor by calling 1-877-857-3397 toll free, or from outside of Canada, 1-604-642-5212.
Interior Crisis Line
The Interior Crisis Line Network is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Crisis Line provides short-term emotional support, resources, crisis management, and suicide prevention and intervention.
TRU Counselling Services
TRU’s Counselling Services promote and support the career development, academic success and personal growth of all TRU students.
The Counselling office is providing virtual meetings by appointment during COVID-19, as well as some workshop offerings. They provide links to apps to support wellness, and connections to on-campus academic supports. There are also connections to local, provincial, and national groups which deal with health and wellness, as well as other resources.
TRU Medical Clinic
The TRU Medical Clinic serves registered students who require medical support during their time studying in Kamloops. Appointments are required as we are not a drop-in clinic. We ask students that already have a doctor in Kamloops to call that doctor’s office to make an appointment.
The Medical Clinic is currently seeing patients virtually. If you would like to book an appointment, we ask that you please email us at: email@example.com. If you wish to leave a voice message please note that messages are only checked a few times a day, so the quickest way to connect with our clinic is by email. We are booking appointments Monday – Fridays and there is not a long waitlist. Once your appointment is scheduled you will be given a link to connect with the doctor for your scheduled appointment time.
TRU Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy on campus provides religious and spiritual care to the TRU community’s students, faculty and staff. They represent many faiths and act as a religious and spiritual resource, encouraging thoughtful reflection and dialogue.
- Spiritual or religious supports and encouragement
- Guidance and resources in times of personal concern, conflict or crisis
- Opportunities for companionship, prayer, study and service on campus
- Participation in educational events related to spiritual and religious insight and experience
- Celebration of holy days and commemorative occasions
- Connection with local and regional faith communities and events on and off campus
The Multi-Faith Chaplains are available with all appointments being conducted through email and phone. It is best to email the Chaplain you wish to speak with first, to arrange a time to chat.
For contact information go to: https://www.tru.ca/current/wellness/chaplaincy.html
TRU Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response (SVPR)
The Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Manager (SVPRM) is available to anyone who has experienced sexualized or intimate partner violence, regardless of whether the experience was recent or in the past, or if they wish to formally report to TRU or the RCMP.
- Emotional support and safety planning
- Academic accommodations and emergency housing
- Information about reporting options
- Support through reporting processes if desired
- Connection to campus and community resources
- Support to those providing care to victim/survivors
*** COVID-19 Update: Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response (SVPR) is available to offer individual support services virtually. However, accompaniment support will not be available at this time. You can schedule an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your appointment is made, SVPR will contact you.
Victims/survivors are encouraged to reach out to community resources as well:
- Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Center: 250-372-0179.
- Y Women’s Emergency Shelter: 250-374-6162.
- BC Victim Link: 24-hour crisis support, multiple languages available.
***If you are in immediate danger call 911***
Safety Planning resources can be found here.