Welcome to TalkSpot!
Sometimes you just need a safe spot to talk.
Talking about what’s on your mind can help you:
- spot the problem
- spot skills & solutions
- spot campus and community supports
What is TalkSpot?
TalkSpot is a mental health service exclusively for Mac Eng students. TalkSpot offers informal, confidential consultations with a counsellor through same-day appointments every weekday. You can share what’s on your mind to get perspective, problem-solve and hear suggestions for resources or supports.
What you share with the TalkSpot counsellor is completely confidential and will not be disclosed to faculty, staff, friends or family.
TalkSpot counselling visits are:
- Available to all undergraduate and graduate students within the Faculty of Engineering
- Offered first-come, first-served with no waitlist or intake assessment
- Up to 50 minutes in length, either in person or virtual
- Not a substitute for psychiatric diagnosis and treatment
- Not appropriate for urgent concerns or mental health emergencies
Upcoming Appointment Availability
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How to Book
The online booking system opens each morning for you to choose a same-day appointment time on a on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
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Meet the TalkSpot Counsellor
The World Health Organization defines wellness as:
A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.World Health Organization
Wellness is the holistic integration of many different dimensions of human health and activity. Working together, these dimensions support people to satisfy needs, work towards values, and lead full, meaningful lives. Although it always includes striving for health, wellness is more about living life fully.
Consider how you’re currently doing in each of these eight dimensions:
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TalkSpot is a mental health service that provides confidential consultations uniquely tailored to the needs of engineering students through same-day appointments. The TalkSpot counsellor can help you with specific problems and introduce you to what it’s like to speak with a trained mental health clinician.
You can share what’s on your mind to get perspective, problem-solve and hear suggestions for resources or supports.
This service is open to all undergraduate and graduate students within the Faculty of Engineering. TalkSpot is the best fit for the following people:
- Students who have never been to counselling before, are not sure if it’s right for them and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counsellor
- Students who are not interested in ongoing counselling but would like the perspective of a counsellor
- Students who have a specific problem and would like to talk it through with someone
- Students experiencing academic or personal issues who are not sure whether their challenges warrant professional support
- Students who are interested in learning more about what campus resources are available to them and how to access them
Appointments are booked same-day on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The online booking system opens each morning for you to schedule an appointment during the available appointment hours for that day.
Occasionally when it’s very busy, the TalkSpot counsellor might not have enough time to see everyone. However, there are TalkSpot hours every day, Monday through Friday, so you can try again the next day.
Depending on your preference, your session will take place via videoconference or in a private office with wide, cushioned chairs. The office door has a blind that can be pulled down for privacy. During your session, the TalkSpot counsellor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective and suggestions for resources.
Counsellors with both TalkSpot and the Student Wellness Centre are trained mental health clinicians from Regulated Health Professions (governed by legislative framework and colleges which regulate the professions in the public interest). You might also refer to them as therapists.
All students at McMaster University can access the Student Wellness Centre to meet with a counsellor and sometimes participate in weekly or biweekly appointments after completing an intake procedure.
TalkSpot is only offered to students within the Faculty of Engineering, as a convenient same-day service and does not provide weekly or biweekly appointments. Students can meet for an appointment with a trained counsellor who is familiar with the unique challenges facing Engineering students.
Absolutely. The TalkSpot counsellor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way forward.
There is no wrong answer to this! TalkSpot is a safe, confidential, accessible service that you are welcome to visit through a same-day appointment if you’re ever unsure. If you and the TalkSpot counsellor decide that ongoing counselling is right for you, the counsellor can help make the transition as smooth as possible by phoning ahead together or walking over with you, if you are comfortable.
Absolutely. All co-op students can visit TalkSpot, either in person or virtually, regardless of whether you are on a work term. You can talk about what’s going on to get it off your chest, discuss potential coping strategies and make a plan to move forward. The only limitation is that you must be within the province of Ontario.
Due to the brief and informal nature of TalkSpot visits, the TalkSpot counsellor is not able to complete medical documentation for students. However, you can visit TalkSpot if you would like to discuss your mental health challenges and problem-solve how to best submit the appropriate documentation for your needs.
If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were given, it’s best to call the Student Wellness Centre directly (905-525-9140 ext. 27700) and explain your situation.
Since regular counselling visits are not available at TalkSpot, following up with the referral is a good idea. You can ask your counsellor through the Student Wellness Centre for support around how to follow up if you are unsure. If you have done this already and are still feeling intimated by the process of reaching out to a new healthcare provider in the community, you are welcome to make a same-day TalkSpot appointment and you and the TalkSpot counsellor can make the phone call together.