Mcgill Coun­selling and Men­tal Health Ser­vices

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Mcgill’s men­tal health ser­vices are ac­ces­si­ble to any reg­is­tered Mcgill stu­dent who has paid the Stu­dent Ser­vices Fee. For the 2017-2018 school year, Mcgill Men­tal Health and Coun­selling Ser­vices have im­ple­mented new struc­tural changes that di­rectly af­fect how they can be ac­cessed. Psy­chol­o­gists, coun­selors, and ther­a­pists will be part of the Coun­selling Ser­vices, while all psy­chi­a­trists will be part of the Psy­chi­atric Ser­vices. These changes have been made to sup­pos­edly “op­ti­mize service de­liv­ery.”

How­ever, nav­i­gat­ing Mcgill’s men­tal health ser­vices can be both dif­fi­cult and frus­trat­ing. There are of­ten long wait times, whether for ur­gent day-of ap­point­ments or for sched­ul­ing ap­point­ments in the fu­ture. Ur­gent-care ap­point­ments can be made from 11a.m. to 1p.m. at the men­tal health of­fices, which en­sures an ap­point­ment on the day of. To sched­ule an ap­point­ment with a clin­i­cian or psy­chi­a­trist in ad­vance, call the num­bers in­di­cated on Mcgill’s men­tal health web­site or visit the Brown Build­ing (Suite 4200, East Wing for a clin­i­cian and Suite 5500 in the West Wing for psy­chi­atric ser­vices). Ap­point­ments are avail­able on a first-come, first serve ba­sis, so it’s al­ways good to book them as soon as pos­si­ble.

The Coun­selling and Men­tal Health of­fice of­fers a va­ri­ety of ser­vices rang­ing from light ther­apy lamps,to in­di­vid­ual ther­apy, to group ses­sions. In­di­vid­ual ther­apy is usu­ally only of­fered as a short-term plan, be­cause Mcgill has not yet been able to ac­com­mo­date all the stu­dents who need these ser­vices. This puts many stu­dents in a tough sit­u­a­tion be­cause pur­su­ing off-cam­pus op­tions can be pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive.

Once an ap­point­ment is se­cured, you should re­ceive a re­minder of your ap­point­ment 24 hours in ad­vance. There is a $20 can­cel­la­tion fee at least 24 hours be­fore an ap­point­ment, while miss­ing an ap­point­ment in­curs a $70 fee.

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