Building resilience by supporting healthy coping skills, caring communities, and strong social connections at Brock.

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…each day, I will write down one positive thing about myself.

People who identify positive qualities about themselves are happier.1

…within the next 24 hours I will register for a workshop offered within the next 2 weeks.

Students who focus on the process of learning tend to achieve higher test scores than those who just work to get good grades.2 A→Z Learning Services offers free workshops about essay-writing, group work, studying for exams, and more.

…I will not post altered photos on my social media.

To gain attention and followers, people post things on social media that are false, photoshopped or exaggerated. This can cause feelings of guilt, inadequacy and jealously that are damaging to mental health.4

…once a day, during a face-to-face conversation with another person, I will resist using my phone.

Phubbing is snubbing someone by using your phone during a face to face conversation.5 Phubbing can make people feel unappreciated. It reduces healthy, real-life connections.

…I will learn more about suicide prevention & add the Good 2 Talk helpline number to my phone contacts.

When people are hurting, their behaviour can change. It’s important to notice and to ask "are you okay?" Listen to them.6 Share a crisis line phone number. It could save a life.

…twice a week, I will spend 10 minutes in a natural outdoor setting.

Spending a few minutes outside can decrease blood pressure, reduce risk of diabetes and heart disease, while improving mood and sleep patterns.3

…twice a week, I will introduce myself to someone new and ask them about their field of study.

Brock has a diverse student population. Meeting new people and learning more about them can build relationships and strengthen connections in the Brock community.7

…I will avoid using words that stigmatize mental illness, and share this thought with 2+ people.

Using words like "crazy", "nuts" or "loco" can make people who live with mental illness feel excluded, isolated, distressed or weak.8 It can prevent people from sharing their experiences and seeking help.

…in at least 1 conversation per day, I will totally resist sharing statements one person has said about another.

People spend 65-90% of their conversations gossiping.9,10 Gossip can undermine the health and well being of everyone involved.11

…I will resist the urge to use cannabis to cope with stress.

Brain development continues until mid-20s. Using cannabis disrupts this development, impairs cognitive functions (memory, concentration & learning), and damages mental health.12


1. Sherman D (2013) Self-affirmation: understanding the effects. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7(11).
2. Mark E (2013) Student satisfaction and the customer focus in higher education. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35(1), 2–10.
3. Twohig-Bennett C & Jones A (2018) The health benefits of the great outdoors: a systematic review and meta-analysis of greenspace exposure and health outcomes. Environmental Research, 166, 628–637.
4. Steers M et al. (2014) Seeing everyone else’s highlight reels: how Facebook usage is linked to depressive symptoms. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33(8), 701–731.
5. Chotpitayasunondh V & Douglas K (2018) Measuring phone snubbing behavior: development and validation of the generic scale of phubbing and the generic scale of being Phubbed. Computers in Human Behavior, 88, 5–17
6. RUOK? (n.d.) How to ask.
7. Killick D (2012) Global citizenship and campus community. In Ryan (Ed) Cross-cultural teaching and learning for home and international students: internationalisation of pedagogy and curriculum in higher education (p 182-195). Routledge.
8. Mental Health Commission of Canada. (n.d.) Language Matters
9. Dunbar R (2004) Gossip in evolutionary perspective. Review of General Psychology, 8(2), 100–110.
10. Babalola M et al. (2019) Negative workplace gossip: Its impact on customer service performance and moderating roles of trait mindfulness and forgiveness. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 80, 136–143.
11. Aambø A (2017) Gossip and rumors - undervalued sources of suffering and disease. The European Journal of Public Health, 27(suppl3).
12. Government of Canada (2021). Cannabis in Canada.


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Why should I make a pledge?

Making a pledge helps you and makes Brock a better place for everyone. You can pledge to do something that will improve your own life circumstances. Or, you can pledge to do something that will help the people around you.

What if I can’t do my pledge?

Whether you make it through 2 weeks or not, there is no such thing as failure. You learn something from your experience, so great job! You can try the same pledge again, or make a new pledge.

Where can I get more help?

Everyone needs help at some time—you should never feel embarrassed or ashamed to seek help. Check the RESOURCES section of this website.

How do I help a friend or loved one?

People who are in distress often feel disconnected from others. If you’re worried about a friend or loved one, reach out as often as you can. Regular, face-to-face, sincere conversations about life build connections. Asking “Are you OK?” is a great place to start. Learn how to ask here.

What’s with the email survey?

Two weeks after making your pledge, a link to a survey is emailed to you. Your answers are used to improve the selection of pledges, and make the website a better experience for others.

Do pledges work?

People sometimes get “stuck” in emotionally painful ruts. By becoming aware of this, reflecting on their own personal values, and then making a commitment (pledge) to action, individuals can achieve positive change in their mental and physical health. Dozens of rigorous, scientific studies have .

A-Tjak, J. G., Davis, M. L., Morina, N., Powers, M. B., Smits, J. A., & Emmelkamp, P. M. (2015). A meta-analysis of the efficacy of acceptance and commitment therapy for clinically relevant mental and physical health problems. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84, 30-3

What is resilience?

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.

What do healthy campuses look like?

On healthy campuses, health is infused into everyday operations, practices, and academic mandates. This enhances the success of the entire campus community and creates a culture of compassion, well-being, equity and social justice. Read about this in The Okanagan Charter.



To find these services on campus, use the interactive campus map.

The Hub
TH 134 (next to Market Hall)
Talk to Peer Health Educators

Student Health Services
Harrison Hall (Across from Walker
Complex next to Campus Security)
Physicians, Mental Health Nurses
905-688-5550 x 3243

Personal Counselling
Schmon Tower 402
1-833-BROCK-33 (1-833-276-2533)
001 416 382 3257 (outside North America)
immediate support or book appointment

Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (SWAC)

A-Z Learning Services
Student Success Centre
TH 129 (next to Market Hall)

Hadiyaˀdagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Centre
Student Success Centre
TH 145 (next to Market Hall)

Brock International Centre
573 Glenridge Ave – Bldg B

Brock Human Rights and Equity

Student Justice Centre

Brock Pride

Campus Security
(Across from Walker Complex, next to Harrison Hall)
905-688-5550 x 3200 (crisis)
905-688-5550 x 4300 (non-crisis)


If you are in immediate danger, or feel that you may harm yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1


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Niagara Regional Native Centre
382 Airport Rd
ON L0S 1J0

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Southridge Shelter
201 Glenridge Ave
St. Catharines, ON L2T 3J6

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12-111 Fourth Ave
Suite 270
St. Catharines, ON L2S 3P5

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Positive Living Niagara
120 Queenston St
St. Catharines, ON L2R 2Z3


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Good 2 Talk
Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868 for free, confidential assistance. Services are designed for Ontario post-secondary students. They include counselling, information, and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.

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Mental Health & Addictions Access Line
For confidential help, call 1-866-550-5205 Press 1 in the event of a crisis to be connected to COAST (Crisis Outreach And Support Team). Press 2 to connect to Access Line for services including information, telephone support or connection to local services.

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Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in Ontario to be connected with local resources and support. Services are available 24/7 and in 150+ languages. Local services include housing, income and employment support, resources for vulnerable populations and more.



A space where students can drop in to chat about ways to improve their overall health and wellness.

A space for students. Talk to peer health educators. Check out free events such as STI testing, mindfulness training, puppy room, and naloxone training. Get info about sexual health, substance use, sleep, nutrition, and mental health.


Your on-campus medical clinic where you can meet with a nurse or doctor.

Services by appointment. Call 905-688-5550 x 3243.

First-come-first-serve urgent care services, Mon-Fri, at these walk-in clinics:
-Campus Pharmacy,
-Harrison Hall, 3-4pm


Discuss your personal and/or social difficulties with a counsellor.

If worries are impacting your day-to-day life, please speak with someone. Do not think other people’s concerns are more important than your own.

Call 1-833-276-2533 (1-833-BROCK33) for confidential telephone counselling.


Connect with an accessibility professional.

SAS supports independence of students with accessibility needs. SAS helps students with learning challenges arrange for suitable support and accommodation so they can excel academically.


COPE CARE CONNECT is an initiative of some truly amazing Public Health students in the Health Sciences Department at Brock University. It is supported by their Dean (Faculty of Applied Health Sciences), as well as Student Wellness and Accessibility Services, Student Health Services. Dr. Kelli-an Lawrance and her graduate students provide oversight.

Brock University is committed to offering a transformational and accessible academic and university experience to all students. Core to Brock’s priorities is the development of engaged citizens who are resilient, involved, career-ready and versatile. COPE • CARE • CONNECT is uniquely designed to support this institutional priority by fostering a campus culture that reduces distress and increases resilience among all members of the Brock community.

As a student initiative with many moving parts, errors may occasionally appear on this website. If you spot an error, or if you simply wish to contact someone about COPE • CARE • CONNECT, please send an email to

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