Mental and Emotional Wellness

Mental wellness is linked to mental health, but we may not be fully mentally well even in the absence of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Many of the things that impact physical wellness, like eating, sleep, and stress, also impact mental wellness. Not only that, but circumstances and life experiences can affect your mental health.

It is vital to intentionally develop mental wellness, even when you are not stressed or impacted by adverse mental health. Developing and practicing positive coping strategies when you are feeling well mentally will help you manage the next bout of stress.

We encourage you to sign up for Homewood Health and make use of their resources, which are available to all NOSM University learners.

Emotional wellness goes hand-in-hand with mental wellness. You can build and maintain emotional wellness by becoming aware of your emotions and managing strong emotional reactions, such as stress, sadness, anger, etc. Maintaining emotional wellness will allow you to comprehend and manage your own emotions, and can help you understand the emotions of others.

Counselling, life coaching, and online mental health resources
As your NOSM University counselling service, Homewood Health Student Assistance Program offers a variety of opportunities to improve both mental and emotional wellness. You can access services any time on or by calling Homewood health at:

1-800-663-1142 (English)
1-866-398-9505 (Numéro sans frais – en français)
1-888-384-1152 (TTY)
604-689-1717 International (Call Collect)

In addition to counselling, Homewood Health provides coaching, and online resources. Counselling is available in short-term and long-term formats (up to 20 sessions with one counsellor are available through the Depression and Trauma care program). Immediate appointments are available.

Visit our webpage to find out more about Homewood Health.

Use your health care benefits
For MD, NODIP, and Graduate students, your health care benefits are available through the NOSM University Student Council.

For Residents, your Health Care Benefits are available through PARO.

Reach out to an LAO
Your Learner Affairs Officers (LAOs) are here to listen and support you. If you are going through an issue that is impacting your mental or emotional wellness, do not hesitate to reach out to your LAO.

Read the LAO profiles for more information.

Download the wellness app
The NOSM U Well App includes resources and links for all learners to maintain their mental and emotional wellness and can be accessed quickly on the go.