Health matters: where to turn with your concerns

If you get sick during the school year it can be frustrating trying to figure out which services you're covered for, locating a walk-in clinic and sourcing out other health-care information.

Here's a breakdown of some services available to you:

Student Association health and dental benefit plan 

All full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Student Association's extended health and dental plan Open New Browser Window. The cost of the plan is included in your annual tuition and remains in effect as long as you're registered at the college.

Students who already have external health and dental coverage can opt out of the Student Association plan. 

For more information on your coverage visit the Student Association website.  Open New Browser Window 

Telehealth 

You can call 1-866-797-0000 to speak with a registered nurse about a health problem or concern. Telehealth Open New Browser Window is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can talk to a nurse about various issues that can include:

  • Illness or injury
  • Recurring illness
  • Food and healthy living
  • Mental health concerns
  • Medications and drug interactions

All information you give to the nurse is confidential. The nurse can then suggest next steps—they won't diagnose you.

Walk-in Clinics 

If you're ill and can't get in to see your family doctor quickly, you can search this government of Ontario site Open New Browser Window for walk-in and after-hours clinics around your home or near your campus.

Stress Reduction 

Stress can have a big impact on your health and there are services at George Brown to help you reduce it.

Counselling

The college offers free and confidential counselling to all students. Counselling offices are located at every campus.

Therapy Dogs

The college partnered with St. John's Ambulance to bring therapy dogs and their trainers to each campus once a month. Interaction with the dogs helps reduce stress and promotes feelings of calm and comfort—and they're cute! Stop by your campus Peerconnect centre for dates and times.

Working Out

Exercise can reduce stress and the fitness facilities at Casa Loma and St. James campuses are great places to launch your workout routine. The college also offers fitness classes at each campus. Learn more at georgebrown.ca/athletics.

Healthy Eating 

Maintaining a healthy diet can be tough for students, but there are free resources available to make it easier.

EatRight Ontario

You can call 1-877-510-5102 with questions about nutrition and healthy eating. The service, offered by the Dietitians of Canada, provides advice from registered dietitians.

The EatRight Ontario website Open New Browser Window also has plenty of resources, including recipes.

City of Toronto

The city offers a live chat service Open New Browser Window, where you can talk to a registered nurse online in real time about non-emergency health and nutrition topics.