The University of Guelph is reaching out to check on the mental health and well-being of nearly 5,000 freshmen.

The “House Calls” program is now in its sixth year, but will be virtual for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.

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Checks will be done through Microsoft Teams from November 22-26.

“The transition to college can be an exciting and terrifying experience,” said Kristin Lennan, interim assistant director of residency life.

“There are many new things for students and many new situations to navigate. We want our students to know that we care about them. Who they are and what they bring to Guelph is important. If they are struggling in any way, we want to be able to help. “

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The university said resources and supports will be shared with students to facilitate connections to opportunities on campus.

The program is also timely with pending exams and the stress that can accompany them, Lennan said.


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Volunteers in the program include faculty, staff, and alumni. The university said training was provided to ensure beneficiary students are well supported. Last year 181 volunteers participated.

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“This is what being a Gryphon is all about – showing that we can all take care of each other regardless of what connects us to campus,” Lennan said.

“Home callers have let us know that while they may not have connected with the same number of students as they would in person, the quality of the conversations was more impressive online.”

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