Please join Eman Demmans on June 25th as she presents concepts of wellness, how to navigate the student wellness center intake process, and what to expect at a counseling appointment. This introductory session is open to all College of Medicine Graduate students who have ever thought about reaching out for help or who want to learn more about wellness and their dedicated counselor, Eman. Registration required.

Mental Health

Dr. Zoe Ayres is an analytical research and design scientist who is passionate about mental health in academia. She has designed a series of posters highlighting 'mental health during your PhD'. Please check out her  twitter feed for more information.
"What can the academy actually do? What are the active steps to make #Mentalhealth better for PhD students? #phdlife, because I'm sick of the narrative that it's the students problem, and the students problem only" - Dr. Zoe Ayres

Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Centre offers urgent and non-urgent physical and mental health care to U of S students, their spouses and children, and is currently offering online and over the phone services. If you would like to speak with a trained mental health professional, please email student.wellness@usask.ca and indicate you are a CoM graduate student looking to speak with Eman Demmans. 

Ms. Demmans is our new CoM graduate student counselor and her services through the Wellness Center will be allocated specifically to graduate students.
Ms. Demmans postsecondary training began with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and later, with an additional undergraduate degree in education from the University of Saskatchewan. She initially began as a program director for a non-profit student parent support center, and eventually, as a teacher at the collegiate level. After approximately 10 years as a public educator, she chose to further her education by pursuing a master of counseling and psychology through the University of Lethbridge. Ms. Demmans is in the process of registering as a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and once accepted, will register as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). As for therapeutic approaches, she has training in cognitive behaviour therapy, solution-focused therapy, and narrative therapy as well as feminist and multicultural approaches.

On-Campus Resources

Formerly Disability Services for Students (DSS), Access and Equity Services is guided by Saskatchewan's Human Rights legislation and the duty to accomodate individuals based on disability, religion, family status, and gender identity.

The faith leaders at USask are a multi-faith religious resource to all students, staff and faculty.

The Indigenous Mentorship Network Program (IMNP) supports Indigenous graduate students, post doctoral fellows and new investigators to be successful in their pursuit of careers in the fields of health and wellness, Indigenous studies and community-based research.

Students who are dedicated to promoting health and student well-being on the U of S campus.

A team of Social Workers responsible for mental health intake, student outreach, crisis response, psycho-educational groups, and consultation to faculty, staff, and students who are concerned about a student.

Getting Help

SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY if at any time you or someone you know is in distress, in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide or death.

Crisis Response

The Student Affairs and Outreach team provides a coordinated response to crisis situations involving a student. A crisis may be caused by events such as a physical or emotional injury or illness, suicidal behaviours, and concerns about safety.

Contact during office hours: Contact (306) 966-5757 or the Manager directly at (306) 966-6079

Urgent After Hours Assistance

Additional Crisis Services:

For access to an individual trained in mental health first aid, who can respond if you feel you are developing a mental health problem or are in a mental health crisis, until professional treatment is received and/or crisis is resolved, please contact one of the following in the College of Medicine:

Bruna Bonavia-Fisher (306) 966-2211
D-Wing Health Sciences Building

Kristen Brown (306) 966-6323
D-Wing Health Sciences Building

Darren Nickel (306) 655-8651
Saskatoon City Hospital

Erin Prosser-Loose (306) 966-2621
D-Wing Health Sciences Building