Student Advisors, Counselling, Learning Support
Update - March 26, 2020:
As part of MITT's coronavirus prevention efforts to increase social distancing, in-person meetings with advisors and student services staff are not available until further notice. Students can still connect to help from MITT Student Services by phone, Zoom, or email, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
MITT Student Services 204.989.6512 or email@example.com.
Resources for Students During Social Distancing/COVID-19 Prevention
Be Well iCBT is an online therapy resource provided by the Province of Manitoba to help with the stress of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. The service connects you with a professional therapist and is accessible from home and 100% confidential.
Stress, Anxiety and Mental Health During Social Distancing: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has great information for coping with anxiety, isolation and self-quarantine, as well as tools to rate and assess your level of stress. Visit CAMH.
Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba has excellent resources, information and a free non-emergency support line (204-925-0040) for students and individuals needing help coping with the coronavirus pandemic and prevention measures.
Emergency/Crisis Mental Health Help for Yourself and Others:
- Klinic Crisis Line: 204-786-8686
- Mobile Crisis Service: 204-940-1781
- MB Suicide Prevention/Support Line: 1-877-435-7170
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Services: 1-855-242-3310
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1-888-292-7565
Maintaining Mental Health During Stressful Times
Develop a support network. Form a group of close friends; stay in contact with your family and reach out to your MITT advisors and instructors. The more people you know at your college, the more connected you’ll feel.
Be active. Exercise is important for your mental outlook and helps ward off depression. Take a break from your studies and get moving on a regular basis.
Eat well. Choose a wide variety of healthy, nutritious foods. Eat regularly to keep up your energy and portions that help you feel and perform your best.
Get enough sleep. Sleep is vital to your mental well-being. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up at roughly the same time every day. Try to maintain your on-campus schedule even when studying from home online.
Avoid heavy drinking or cannabis/drug use. It’s easy to overdo it when you’re a student and when forced to stay at home during social distancing, it may be tempting to rely on alcohol or drugs more often than usual. In stressful times, excessive drug and alcohol can increase stress, anxiety and depression and put you in grave physical and mental danger.
Seek professional help. You’re not alone and there are many people who can help. Talk to a professional about how you are feeling; talk to MITT Student Services or the resources mentioned earlier. Don’t just rely on the advice of friends. Sometimes you need more.
Take a break from watching or reading the news. Get your news from reliable sources and try not to watch the same stressful stories over and over in the same day. Try not end your day by watching the news before bed.
MITT Student Advisors are the best resource on campus for future and current students to talk to about their academic and personal plan. Because advisors work with all categories of students in all of our programs, they have a huge amount of knowledge and experience to share on what works - and what doesn't - when studying at MITT.
MITT student advisors know how to help students:
- Identify and meet their education and career goals
- Work through academic or personal issues
- Create realistic time management and financial plans
- Make informed decisions and know all of their options
In addition to general advising topics common to all students, MITT advisors have specific areas of interest or focus:
Indigenous Student Advisor - Ryan Bruyere
- Helps Indigenous students with administrative tasks - program/sponsor applications, funding, awards and bursaries
- Guidance on creating a strong study plan that balances academics with personal committments
- Connects Indigenous students to each other, to their program areas, and to the campus community
Accessibility Services Advisor - Kayla Hoskins
- Coordinates accessibility supports and administrative tasks for students with a permanent or temporary disability
- Helps students access government grants and funding for tuition, services, and equipment
- Works with students, families and MITT instructors to develop a comprehensive education plan
- Advocates and liaises with sponsors and other off-campus accessibility supports
Learning Support Advisor - Grace Leduc
- Helps students become more efficient and effective in preparing for class, assignments, and tests
- Program-specific coaching and mentoring in the areas of reading comprehension, technical language and math
- Facilitates group study opportunities and exam preparation workshops
Student Social Worker/Counsellor
MITT's Social Worker/Counsellor, Aliana Dayrit, helps students in similar ways as a student advisor, but is qualified to provide students with more in-depth supports to help ensure success while studying.
MITT's Social Worker/Counsellor knows how to help students with:
- Their overall mental health including dealing with stress, anxiety and depression
- Family issues and healthy relationships
- Accessing off-campus health and social services
- Self-confidence, loneliness, suicide prevention