Update: Learn more about the integration of Counselling and Mental Health Services and the new Psychiatric Services.

Psychoeducation Groups

Student Wellness (SWELL)

SWELL is a psychoeducation program that meets 2 hours weekly, over a 5 week period. The group is facilitated by individuals with lived mental illness experiences.

SWELL is designed for students with recent or ongoing mental health challenges who are looking for practical tools they can use to maintain their well-being. 

The goals of SWELL are to:

  • develop a personal self-care plan
  • understand components of and contributors to wellness
  • learn techniques to foster self-compassion and mind-body connection
  • understand the role of supportive relationships and recovery time
  • connect with peers in a safe(r), non-judgmental space

If you would like to join SWELL, sign up by clicking the link below and filling out the online form.

Register for SWELL

March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12 Thursdays 13h-15h Brown 4300 Register


Wellness Action Recovery Plan (WRAP)

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a concrete and evidence-based method for maintaining your wellness. WRAP is rooted in the philosophy that recovery is possible for everyone and that individuals with serious mental illness can live productive, healthy, and happy lives. Integral to WRAP is the concept that individuals are the experts on themselves and by drawing on personal strengths, people can play an active role in managing their own well-being.

When experiencing a mental health crisis, it is normal for individuals to feel a loss of control and autonomy. WRAP focuses on regaining autonomy and supporting individuals throughout their recovery, whatever that means to them. In addition to group activities, we include deep breathing, meditation, journaling and sleep hygiene activities.

The following are core elements that comprise the WRAP program:

  • Key Recovery Concepts: Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self-Advocacy, Support
  • Wellness Toolbox
  • Daily Maintenance Plan
  • Early Warning Signs and Triggers
  • Action Planning
  • Crisis Planning and Post Crisis Recovery

Please note, WRAP is not group therapy; WRAP is technically a psycho-educational group. If you would like to join a WRAP group, sign up using an online form which will be available soon!).

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

WRAP is a participation-based group program that meets 2 hours weekly, over a 6 week period. Each group is facilitated by two students with lived mental illness experiences; all of our facilitators have participated in the program and have been trained by the Copeland Centre for Wellness and Recovery over an intensive week-long period.

Is it right for me?

WRAP is trans-diagnostic; that means no specific diagnosis is necessary to enter a group. Many participants are simply looking for practical tools they can use to maintain their well-being.

The structure of WRAP is also transferable to many different situations. For example, athletes have used WRAP to design a plan to maintain their physical health or to recover from an injury. WRAP has very few strict rules and there are no right or wrong ways of creating your WRAP plan. Even our facilitators are constantly learning new coping strategies or wellness tools from group participants.

What if I don't feel comfortable sharing in a group setting?

We understand that coming to a group can be intimidating. We do our best to ensure that all WRAP groups are an inclusive and non-judgmental space for all participants. While we encourage students to participate in the activities and make space for sharing, there is always the option to pass. Overtime though, we find that most participants open up and become more comfortable sharing. Simply hearing that other people have similar experiences to you can be extremely comforting and de-stigmatizing!

How do I join?

Choose a group that fits your schedule and sign up using the registration form below.

How do I become a group facilitator?

Our WRAP group facilitators have all participated in the program. If you have participated in WRAP and interested in becoming a facilitator, please email us. at workshops.counselling [at] mcgill.ca!


Register for WRAP


Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018 Mondays, 17h-19h Brown Building, Rooms 4300 (Jan 22, 29), 4200 (Feb. 5), 3001 (Feb. 12, 19, 26) 

Register (Registration open until January 29)

Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 15, 22, 2018 Thursdays, 17h-19h

Brown Building, Room 4200

Register (Registration open until February 15)

Feb. 16, 23, Mar. 2, 16, 23, 2018 Fridays, 15h30-17h30

Brown Building, Room 4200

Register (Registration open until February 23)

Mar. 12, 19, 26, Apr. 9, 16, 2018 Mondays, 17h-19h

Brown Building, Room 4300

Register (Registration open until March 19)

Mar. 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5, 12, 2018 Thursdays, 15h-17h

Brown Building, Room 4300

Register (Registration open until March 22)