! Call 911 in case of crisis or emergency

In Case of Emergency

Otherwise, please contact:

uOttawa Protection Services

  • Suicide – Threat or attempt Protection Services
  • Physical assault / Domestic abuse Protection Services
  • Sexual assault Protection Services
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Problem Gambling
  • Mental Health

613-562-5800 x5411 (24/7)

or, contact:

uOttawa SASS Counselling and Coaching Service

Emotional crisis Counselling


or, contact:

Ottawa Distress Centre


or, contact:

Ottawa Hospital Assault Treatment Program


or, contact:

Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre


or, contact:

Assaulted Women’s Helpline


or, contact:

Drug & Alcohol Helpline



or, contact:

Ontario Problem Gambling



or, contact:




On-campus Resources

Counselling and Referrals

An experienced counsellor will work with JD students to help them clarify various personal issues and learn strategies that can help them cope with the challenges that they face in their educational, personal and professional lives in order to have a successful experience in law school. All services are confidential. For more information or to request an appointment, please contact the Equity & Wellness Counsellor.

Eligibility for Services: University of Ottawa Common Law Students
Phone: (613) 562-5800, ext. 3302
Email: clawaccess@uottawa.ca

Counselling and Coaching Service

Offers short-term therapy assistance on personal issues, relationship issues, developmental issues and academic and career concerns.

Phone: 613-562-5200

Location on Campus:
100 Marie-Curie (4th Floor), Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 1A2
A satellite office is located at 90 University for students in residence

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM


Health Services


OHIP covered medical services by appointment and drop-ins
Psychiatrist on site and by appointment only

Eligibility for Services: Open to public

100 Marie Curie (1st, 2nd and 3rd floors) – services for physical health
1 Nicholas (302) – services for mental health

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm

Phone: 613-564-3950

Centre for Students with Disabilities


The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is an initiative of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) it is a centre for education and advocacy, as well as a drop-in space. The CSD offers events, services, and campaigns throughout the year focused on disability and accessibility.

Location: 85 University Private (University Centre), room 211-F

Phone: 613-562-5800 x2683

Email: csd@sfuo.ca

Yoga, Health, and Fitness

Yoga & Pilates

Free classes (yoga, mindful yoga & Pilates) offered weekly to University of Ottawa Students.

Eligibility for Services: University of Ottawa students

Location: Sports Complex – 801 King Edward Avenue

Visit Website: http://www.geegees.ca/node/969?sid=40

Health and Fitness

Sports Complex – Health and Lifestyle Centre

Location: 801 King Edward Avenue

Phone: 416-978-3436

Visit Website: http://www.geegees.ca/node/1001

Community Resources

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

150 Isabella St., Suite 205
Ottawa, ON, K1S 1V7


  • CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.
  • Some service offerings that require referrals:
    •  Access & Transitions Program: Consolidates entry points into CAMH, aligning the Emergency Department along with crisis clinic entry points to reduce delays in accessing services.
    • Complex Mental Illness Program: Services specializing in clients with serious and persistent mental illness, including Schizophrenia and Forensics, are under common leadership with those units for clients needing highly acute care and rehabilitation.
    • Ambulatory and Structured Treatments Program: Provides care for clients whose treatments are largely delivered on an outpatient or a scheduled basis such as in Addictions, Mood and Anxiety, and Women’s services, including structured treatments such as our 28-day programs or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
    • Underserved Populations Program: Serves smaller, strategic populations and develops partnerships and initiatives for children and youth, seniors and people with dual diagnosis (i.e. both a developmental delay and mental health problem).
  • Some Service Offerings that Do NOT require physician referral:

Sandy Hill Community Health Centre – Addiction and Mental Health Services

Provides confidential and supportive counselling services for individuals, couples, families and children/ adolescents seeking help for addictions (including problem gambling), mental health issues, or concurrent disorders. These services are open to anyone living in the City of Ottawa.

Eligibility for Services: Open to public

Location: 221 Nelson Street

Phone: 613-789-1500

Email: registrar@tirp.ca

Visit Website: http://www.sandyhillchc.on.ca/mainEngl/apgso_engl.html

Provincial Resources

Law Student Member Assistance Program funded by and independent of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)


  • A variety of free and confidential 24/7 support services are available, including confidential short term counselling for Ontario law students and their immediate family members and  ”referrals for specialized addictions, sexual assault and psychiatric diagnoses ”
  • Other service offerings include e-counselling, health and wellness companion, access to the health library, child and eldercare resources, and interactive learning courses

Register at 1-855-403-8922 or online to receive services.

The Member Assistance Program is strictly independent of the Law Society of Upper Canada and does not share any identifying or confidential information with the Law Society of Upper Canada.


ConnexOntario Helplines


Offers free, confidential province-wide health services information and referrals via 24-hour helplines for people experiencing problems with mental illness, alcohol and drugs, or gambling. Funded by the Government of Ontario.

Location: N/A


ConnexOntario Mental Health Helpline, 1-866-531-2600

ConnexOntario Drug and Alcohol Helpline, 1-800-565-8603

ConnexOntario Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-888-230-3505

Email:  See website for contact forms.

Hours:  N/A



A non-profit initiative of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) dedicated to improving the mental health of children, youth and families; offers a wide selection of fact sheets and assessments for adults and children.

Comprehensive list of online screening tools that may help identify whether further assistance might be required. Note that this does not replace seeking help from a health professional. Screening tools for adults include: alcohol, gambling or substance use problems, anxiety disorders,  social anxiety, ADHD in adults, Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, seasonal affective disorder and depression, schizophrenia and psychosis, sleep problems and disorders, eating disorders, domestic violence, and general mental health, among others.


Online Resource [see specific referrals for location, contact and hours]

Phone: 1-888-486-8236 [toll-free]

Email:  Visit website for contact form.

Hours:  N/A

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario


Offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Provides drop-in peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and online tools focused on wellness and recovery.

Online assessment, “Check Up From The Neck Up”, can identify some symptoms of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Note that this does not replace seeking appropriate medical advice.


Online Resource [see specific referrals for location, contact and hours]

Phone: 1-888-486-8236 [toll-free]

Email:  Visit website for contact form.

Hours:  N/A

Sexual Health, Sexual Orientation and Relationships Infoline


  • Province-wide free anonymous service staffed by professional, multidisciplinary, and multicultural counsellors who offer assistance in different languages
  • Counselling for:
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Pre-test and post-test options
    • Information and referral to point of care HIV Rapid Test sites province-wide
    • Safer sex activities
    • Risk assessment
    • STIs
    • Birth control options
    • Emergency contraception
    • Sexuality
    • Relationship concerns
    • Pregnancy and options
    • Sexual orientation
    • Issues related to harm reduction, including injection drug use and needle exchange programs
  • To speak to one of the counsellors, please call:
    Toll free: 1-800-668-2437
    Local: 416-392-2437
    The Mainline 1-800-686-7544
    The mainline deals with issues related to harm reduction, injection drug use, and needle exchange programs.
    Fax: 416-392-0716
  • Hours of operation
    Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Closed on statutory holidays.

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres – Online Resource


Online resource offering some online resources for survivors. Also provides community-based referrals to rape crisis centres in Ontario. All centres provide free and confidential counselling, information and support services to survivors of sexual violence. Services may include face-to-face counselling, a 24-hour crisis line, group counselling, assistance navigating legal proceedings, information on other community resources, and information and support for partners, families and friends of survivors.


Online Resource [see specific referrals for location, contact and hours]

Phone: N/A

Email:  Visit website for contact form.

Hours:  N/A

Academic Accommodations

Common Law Academic Policies

Deferrals and Extensions

All requests for deferrals (exams) or extensions (assignments and papers) or excused absences must be made through the Common Law Student Centre, located in FTX237. For informtation on how to present an accommodation request, please visit our website.

Access Service

Students who require accommodation related to a documented disability (chronic physical or mental health condition, learning disability, sensory impairment, etc.) are invited to register with Access Service.

As part of the registration process with Access Service, a student will meet with a learning specialist who will assist them to devise an accommodation plan. This may include exam, other in-class or assignment-related adaptive measures. The Access Service recommendation of adaptive measures will be sent to the Equity & Wellness Counsellor and the students’ professors, who will participate in the implementation of adaptive measures.
You are invited to contact the Euqity & Wellness Counsellor if you have any questions about the accommodation process:

Phone: (613) 562-5800, ext. 3302

Email: jsimon@uottawa.ca

Visit Access Service Website: http://www.sass.uottawa.ca/access/students/
Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Ave. East
(3rd Floor – Room 3172)
Ottawa, ON, Canada
K1N 6N5

Phone: 613-562-5976

Email: adapt@uOttawa.ca