Self-Help Tools and Resources
At SAIT, finding wellness and balance in all areas of your life will help you achieve what's important. You need to take care of yourself — learning, thinking creatively and achieving your goals will become easier when you do.
In addition to the services we offer in person, we also encourage you to use the online tools and resources we've listed below. If you need to speak with someone, make an appointment with Student Development and Counselling or stop by to see us.
Untangle life's stresses and challenges with TAO
Power up your stress management, communication, problem-solving and mindfulness skills with TAO (Therapist Assisted Online) Self-Help — a collection of interactive tools available to SAIT students anytime, anywhere, at no cost.
TAO Self-Help will help you to manage your own emotional well-being without the help of a counselor. TAO Self-Help includes modules for developing your ability to bounce back from disappointments and setbacks, often referred to as resilience training.
Sign up for TAO Self-Help
Get free, unlimited access to videos and skill-building exercises from your phone, tablet or desktop.
Need to talk? Try 7 Cups
Connect to anonymous and confidential online chat with trained listeners. Plus, build new skills a little at a time, gain confidence and learn to focus on the positive with special content for SAIT students.
7 Cups is available for free in 40 languages, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remember to use the school code "sait" when you sign up.
Make 7 Cups a daily habit
Download the app or log in to the desktop version, and use the school code "sait" when you sign up.
Student Health 101
Student Health 101 is an online magazine designed specifically to help students succeed on their journey.
Every issue is different — discover on-campus resources, learn about money management techniques and engage fully in all things student life. Plus, each month you can take a quick poll for a chance to win $1,000.
Take action to help others: At-Risk gatekeeper training
Concerned about a classmate? Helping someone reach out to a professional for support may mean having a difficult conversation. Practice these conversations through At-Risk gatekeeper training. This free online simulation tool is available 24/7 and is used at more than 100 post-secondary institutions.
Through this training you will learn to:
- recognize some common signs of distress
- approach people with greater skill and confidence
- make effective referrals to campus resources.
Create an account and use the enrollment key "saitarus18" to access the training.
Mental health screenings are a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation. They are educational, not diagnostic. Completing a quick screening test will help you determine if your recent thoughts or behaviours may be associated with a common, treatable issue.
Our screenings are anonymous and only take a few minutes to complete. When you're finished, you will get information and next steps.
Looking after yourself is key to achieving academic and personal success. The Wellness Check lets you check in on your personal and academic well-being, create a plan for success and find out about the people and resources available on campus to help you succeed.
It's anonymous, only takes a few minutes to complete, and can be done more than once to enhance your well-being.
Related online resources
Mental health and wellbeing
Anxiety is a normal reaction to a stressful event and it can be experienced by anyone at one time or another.
What can help?
Depression involves feelings of extreme sadness, despair and loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable. These feelings can interfere with daily living and last two weeks or longer.
What can help?
Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person's demands exceed their resources and ability to cope. Each person experiences and reacts to stressful situations differently, learn to recognize the signs and then identify the cause of the symptoms.
Stress management is a combination of changing the stressful situation and your response to the situation.
Anger is a normal, often healthy emotion. When anger gets out of control, it can lead to difficulties. Here, we offer some ideas for managing anger.
The key to developing relaxation skills is practising them when you don't need them. Practice will make it easier to put this skill in place when you start to notice yourself feeling stressed or beginning to feel irritated.
Relaxation tools can help to calm down the anger and physical tension. Many people breathe shallow, more quickly, and from the upper chest when angry and stressed.
Try the following:
Don't believe everything you think
The meaning we give to an event or comment can transform a neutral situation into an anger-filled one. You actually have a lot of choice over the meaning you give to events.
Other ways to decrease the escalation of anger could include:
Moderate, regular physical exercise — 20 - 30 minutes per day — can help reduce agitation caused by anger and stress. It is an excellent stress management practice and can reduce overall mental, physical and emotional tension.
What to do in the moment
If you're already very angry, try to remove yourself from the immediate situation. Take some time away, and let people know when you'll be back. If possible, don't drive.
Anger interferes with people's ability to think very clearly. You don't want to say or do something you'll regret.
Life success toolbox
Self-esteem is what you think about yourself and the value or worth you consider yourself to have as a person. Low self-esteem can keep you from the things you enjoy and from working towards personal goals. Self-esteem is a significant part of your well-being, and can sometimes be related to mental, emotional or relational issues.
Contact Student Development and Counselling
AA205, Heritage Hall
Hours of operation
|Monday - Friday||8:30 am - 4:15 pm|
|Saturday and Sunday||Closed|
|Thursday evening appointments available from October to May|
Are you in distress and need immediate help?