NP Mental Health & Wellness Clinic

NP Mental Health & Wellness Clinic

At the Faculty of Nursing, we care for each other by building psychological health and safety among ourselves and among people we serve.

We are here to help

Nursing can be a challenging program, and a challenging profession. Are you struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, unresolved grief, past trauma, or overwhelm? Awareness is the first step in wanting to shift your paradigm to a healthier mental and physical state. Often those in the helping professions find that their own wounds surface in the process of helping others. It is important to learn to take care of ourselves, as that is the most important relationship we have! You cannot give from an empty cup.

Start by filling out a referral form and send to

Please fill out the referral forms and email them to

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For Faculty and Staff

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Sandy Johansson

Meet Sandy Johansson

I am a primary care Nurse Practitioner (NP) with a focus on psychiatric and addiction medicine. I completed my Master of Nursing through Athabasca University in 2018. I have a diverse clinical background previously working with marginalized and vulnerable populations at organizations such as CUPS, Northeast Addiction & Mental health center (NAM) and Siksika First Nation to name a few.

In 2021, I returned to the University of Calgary to establish the faculty’s in-house NP led mental health and wellness clinic. I believe in a holistic approach to health and focus on addressing the mind, body, and spirit connection. At the clinic, I can provide a safe and supportive place for you to identify and explore ways to nurture, heal, transform, and build resilience for yourself and your own personal wellness. Our clinic services include one to one therapeutic coaching/counselling, support for learning emotion regulation skills, critical incident debriefing, psychoeducational workshops, and connections to relevant community resources.

Jacqueline Smith

Meet Dr. Jacqueline Smith

I joined Sandy Johannsson in the Mental Health & Wellness Clinic in February 2023. I am a wellness counsellor who brings in a trauma informed lens as a certified EMDR therapist and somatic psychotherapist. I am also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing, and like Sandy, I understand the stress that accompanies being a nursing student, an educator, and a faculty member. As a wellness counsellor, educator, and advocate for emotional health and wellbeing, I look forward to supporting your mental health needs as well as enhancing your awareness of health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

Faculty of Nursing pilot clinic offers a new approach to emotional regulation Read UToday story

Enhance your mental health

Supports for Students

(undergraduate, graduate, PhD, post-doc)

  • Imminent Distress: If you are in danger and or have safety concerns about a situation involving imminent risk of harm, call 9-1-1.
  • Acute Distress: We are not an urgent response or crisis clinic. If you are experiencing a current mental health crisis or require urgent assistance, you can access 24/7 mental health support from the Distress Centre by calling 403-266-4357 or by visiting their website to access online chat from 3-10pm on weekdays and noon-10pm on weekend. 
  •  Additional crisis support is available from Wood’s Homes Community Support Team:

    Call 403-299-9699 or 1-800-563-6106, available 24/7.

    Text 587-315-5000 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. 

    You may also visit Wood's Homes website for live chat between 9am - 10pm here:

  • Student Wellness Services provides mental health support, reach them by calling 403-210-9355. Connect with their services during business hours. If you're calling after hours, you will have the option to speak with a crisis counsellor from the Wood’s Homes’ Community Resource Team, or a highly trained volunteer at the Distress Centre.
  • On campus Mental Health Support
  • On campus General Support
  • New mindfulness podcast series, Stepping Out of Reactivity. All 8 episodes are now live and can be accessed here
  • To learn more about the practice and the facilitators, check out the article Pair demystifies mindfulness - one podcast at a time.
  • Access Recovery College’s free support programming and classes here

Supports for staff and faculty

(Academic, Sessional, AUPE, MAPS)

Telus Health

TELUS Health services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1.866.424.0699.

Learn more about TELUS Health

Nursing faculty begins pilot project for well-being of students, faculty and staff. Read UToday Story

Podcast: UCalgary Mindfulness

Podcast: UCalgary Mindfulness

UCalgary Mindfulness podcast presents Stepping Out of Reactivity, an eight-part mindfulness series. The practice of mindfulness is for everyone. It is a meditation practice that can reduce stress and anxiety and improve attention and creativity, supporting our daily functioning.

Our first season is led by UCalgary Nursing doctoral student Julia Imanoff, MN, RN, PNC (C) and instructor Justin Burkett BN RN, Masters Student. Brought to you by the University of Calgary’s Campus Mental Health Strategy.

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Mentoring makes a difference! All undergraduate UCalgary Nursing students and alumni RNs are invited to register.

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