Health and wellness

Nothing is more important to us than your health and wellness. Memorial’s Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC) and School of Graduate Studies have partnered to offer dedicated counseling supports for graduate students. To book an appointment with SWCC’s counsellor for graduate students, please complete the SWCC request counselling form. You will be asked to login in to MyMun account and the form will be located at the bottom of the page. Appointments are normally scheduled within 2 business days and are offered via Webex.

Please visit the SWCC website for more information about the services offered by SWCC, including Ask a Registered Nurse online service, physician/nursing services, counselling services, vaccinations/immunizations, wellness and wellbeing, and academic supports. SWCC also provides a comprehensive list of answers to frequently asked questions about the supports and services they offer, as well as a list of online wellness resources.

If you will be returning to campus, please remember that Memorial requires wearing non-medical face masks while in public spaces and common areas on all campuses. A two-ply face mask is the minimum standard while three-ply is recommended. Non-medical masks are not considered personal protective equipment under Occupational Health and Safety legislation; however, individual units may provide non-medical masks dependent on risk of jobs. Note that face shields do not replace a mask and masks with exhalation valves should not be worn. Neck gaiters, scarves and bandanas are not recommended. Further information can be found here.

If you have an urgent mental health concern, please contact the following community-based services:

  • 24 hour mental health crisis line: 1-709-737-4668 (local) or 1-888-737-4668 (province-wide).
  • Mobile Crisis Response Team: 1-888-737-4668 St. John’s Region.
  • 24 hour Walk-in Psychiatric Assessment Unit at the Waterford Hospital Site on Waterford Bridge Road: 1-709-777-3021 or 1-709-777-3022.
  • 24 hour text with a Crisis Responder: text HOME to 686868, Canadian Mental Health Association.

You may also find helpful some of these resources in the public domain:

Medical Insurance (updated November 15, 2021)

Graduate students and families are strongly encouraged to obtain proper medical insurance coverage on an ongoing basis. At a time of uncertainty, you want to ensure that you and your family are covered in case of a medical situation or emergency. For information regarding eligibility for coverage under the provincial Medical Care Plan (MCP) for NL residents and to apply, please visit the MCP website. Graduate students covered under the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan may contact the Internationalization Office for more information. Graduate students covered under Green Shield Canada Health and/or Dental Insurance plan may contact the Graduate Students’ Union for more information.

Canadian students: Graduate students who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada who are enrolled at Memorial University as full-time students are automatically enrolled in Green Shield Canada Health and Dental Insurance plan. Coverage under the Green Shield Canada Health and Dental Insurance plan requires that you have a valid provincial medical coverage (e.g., MCP, OHIP, etc.) as your primary health care coverage. Green Shield Canada Insurance acts as supplementary health insurance, providing additional benefits included in the plan. To opt out of the Green Shield Canada Health and Dental Insurance plan, visit the Graduate Students’ Union website during the opt-out period each semester. Please note that Green Shield Canada Health and Dental Insurance plan and the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan do not provide coverage for students outside of Canada. Click here for more information about benefits under the Green Shield Canada Health and Dental Insurance plan.

International students residing in Canada: Graduate students who are international students enrolled at Memorial University as full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan and the Green Shield Dental Insurance plan. To be enrolled in the Green Shield Canada Health Insurance plan, you will be required to have a valid provincial medical coverage (i.e., MCP) as your primary health care coverage. To opt out of the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan and opt into the Green Shield Canada Health Insurance plan, visit the Internationalization Office website and follow the opt out process during the opt-out period each semester. You must be a full-time graduate student and upload a copy of your valid MCP. If your request is approved, you will automatically be enrolled into the Green Shield Canada Health Insurance plan. Click here for more information about benefits under the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan. Click here for more information about benefits under the Green Shield Canada Health and Dental Insurance plan.

International students abroad: Graduate students who are international students enrolled at Memorial University as full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan and the Green Shield Dental Insurance plan. Full-time international graduate students studying remotely outside of Canada must opt out of the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan and the Green Shield Dental Insurance plan: 1) To opt out of the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan, visit the Internationalization Office website and follow the opt out process during the opt-out period each semester and select “Opt Out” and then “Outside of Canada Waiver,” 2) To opt out of the Green Shield Dental Insurance plan, visit the Graduate Students’ Union website during the opt-out period each semester. Please note that Green Shield Canada Health and Dental Insurance plan and the Foreign Health Insurance (Guard Me) plan do not provide coverage for students outside of Canada.

To view the specific health insurance components of MCP, Green Shield Canada Health Insurance, and Foreign Health Insurance, please review the Internationalization Office’s health insurance FAQ.

Sexual Harassment Office

All members of the university community have a shared responsibility for prevention and intervention of sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Sexual Harassment Office serves all members of the university community on all campuses and institutes of Memorial.

The Sexual Harassment Office works to:

  • Prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault through education;
  • Mitigate the effects of sexual harassment and sexual assault; and
  • Identify methods for timely resolutions of complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault which may arise at Memorial University.

To learn more, and to view resources, visit the Sexual Harassment Office's website.