Dec 22, 2020

Congratulations on completing your final assignments and exams!

We know things have been difficult at the best of times and may be especially difficult as we spend the holidays apart. We appreciate you supporting one another through these tough times, and doing your part to keep our community safe. 

Without our regular routines to help structure our days and stay connected, we may feel the blues even more intensely this season.

Please know that it’s completely normal to feel sad, lonely, or angry, and that you are not alone. 

While the College will be closed from December 24 to January 3, many community services remain open to support your mental health and well-being:

All students registered at a post-secondary institution in BC can access Here2Talk, a 24/7 phone, chat, and app counselling service: 1.877.857.3397 or here2talk.ca. Here2Talk call and chat services are available in English and French, with some additional languages, such as Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and Arabic, supported over the phone based on availability to call centre providers. If a language-specific counsellor is not available at the time of the call, services are offered in English and supported by a third-party translation service as required and as available. 

All Langara students have access to Empower Me, a 24/7 counselling and life coaching helpline in 80+ languages and 22 countries outside Canada: 1.833.628.5589.

Find more emergency community resources here, and emergency food here.

Please visit our Instagram or Twitter for more tips and updates over the holiday season. 

It’s important to give yourself a break after all the hard work you’ve done. Try these events and resources to help get you there: 

Counselling Services is ready to support your personal and academic goals when the College re-opens on January 4 through same-day virtual appointments, group drop-in sessions, student success workshops, and more. 

This also includes Indigenous Liaison Counsellors and International Student Counsellors to best meet and respond to your needs. Over the holidays, Indigenous students are encouraged to check-in with their local Friendship Centre, and international students may be interested in contacting their International Student Coordinator for one-on-one advising in the Spring semester. For our Indigenous students, indigenous@langara.ca will be monitored over the break, but delays should be expected.

We have missed seeing you on campus, and look forward to celebrating together next year. 

Wishing you a healthy and safe holiday season, and all the best for 2021!