With the pandemic, many of us have been confined to our households and take most of our classes online. Being in quarantine has led to the detriment of the mental health of a good proportion of the population, including us students. Reaching out to the right services seems unattainable and confusing at times, which is where the VCSA has stepped in. Our student union has purchased for all current full-time day-time division students a subscription to the Empower Me virtual application, which means that access to the application comes to no cost on the behalf of us students.
Empower Me is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, service that provides counselling via chat, phone and video, as well as a health information portal through the download of the application. It is multilingual and available in 22 countries, including Canada. Students can seek help for any of the following issues:
- Financial issues (1 hour max)
- Psychosocial support for dependencies
- Work/school/family balance
- Performance anxiety
- Family difficulties
- Life coaching
- Nutrition issues
- Individual crisis intervention
- Parental roles
- Family violence
- LGBTQ+ services
- Relationship difficulties
- Loss of motivation
- and more…
All services are confidential and will not be shared without your consent.
If you wish to use this service, download the Empower Me application from the App Store or the Google Play Store. The access code can be found on Omnivox in the Information and Messages section.
If you have any more questions, feel free to contact the VCSA directly.
By Angélique Chu