Mental Health Matters

Mental health is an important topic, particularly for students. We want our AUSU members to be aware that there is help available, and that AUSU regularly participates in advocacy and initiatives to raise support and awareness for student mental health.

There are also ways for you to get involved! 

Be a Mental Health Educator with Jack Talks!

Interested in helping educate people in your community about mental health? Jack Talks is looking for speakers across Canada to help educate and inspire people in their community about mental health issues. Full online training and support provided!

Find out more or apply to become a Jack Talks speaker at

Deadline May 15.

Help Set Mental Health Standards for Students in Canada!

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) wants student feedback from across Canada to help set a new standard on psychological health and safety for post-secondary students.

As an AU student, your voice is particularly important to reflect the needs of online students! 

Fill out the mental health survey online (English or French).  

Deadline May 1. 

Wellness Program for AU Students

Athabasca University has partnered with Homewood Health to offer a comprehensive wellness support program to meet your mental health and wellness needs.

If you are struggling and need support, you can call Homewood Health’s 24/7 support line. There are many service options available, including counselling, coaching, and a variety of web-based services that you can access from any device.

Click here for more info about Homewood Health on the AU website.

To speak to a caring professional anytime, 24/7, call: 

1-800-663-1142 (English) OR 1-800-398-9505 (French)
1-604-689-1717 (Outside of Canada)
1-888-384-1152 (TTY/Hearing Impaired)

Mental Health Advocacy

AUSU also works to advocate for mental health support for students on a university and national level. 

Recently, AUSU participated in a #StudentsLetsAct Mental Health campaign with the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations to invite students from across the country to sign their name to a petition to the federal government to demand more funding for mental health support for post-secondary students in Canada. 

View other recent advocacy initiatives on our website here!

If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback, feel free to reach out to us at