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Health & Wellness

Campus-Based Support

For General Health

From Here to There Medical- Ridgetown

Walk-in Clinics

Walk-in Clinics provide health care services to people who require non-urgent medical attention, and serve all people covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Chatham-Kent has walk-in clinics that provide general medical attention and clinics that specifically offer sexual health services. Contact the clinic directly for walk-in hours, to book an appointment, or to ask about fees for service. Emergency health care service is provided by hospitals and emergency rooms throughout Chatham-Kent.

Student Health & Dental Benefits

All Ridgetown Campus students have Health & Dental benefits. Full details of your coverage and benefits is available at

Mental Health & Addictions Counselling

An on-campus mental health counsellor is available for students to schedule an appointment for individual therapy sessions relating to mental health or addiction concerns. Therapy is an outreach service provided by Shannon Stephenson, a registered social worker from the Mental Health and Addiction Program at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance. Contact Shannon to schedule an on-campus assessment appointment via

Therapy is brief and change-oriented. Appointments are usually 50 minutes, and the number of sessions will be determined in collaboration between student and therapist. Therapy is strength-based and solution-focused. It is based on helping you thrive in current circumstances, rather than exploring past experiences.

For Sexual Health

Sexual health walk-in services include:

  • Birth control purchase and pick up (if you are a client, or have a Consent to Dispense)
  • Emergency contraception pill ("morning after pill" or Plan B)
  • Free pregnancy testing and counselling
  • Sexual health counselling
  • Free condoms
  • Scheduling clinic appointments

Chatham-Kent Public Health - Sexual Health Clinic 

Health Connect Ontario

Ontario offers a free and confidential phone service, Health Connect Ontario, to a Registered Nurse. Health Connect Ontario is offered in English and French, with support in 110 languages.

Call Health Connect Ontario if you have a general health question. They will offer you advice on what to do and where to go for help. You do not need to provide a health insurance number. Health Connect Ontario Numbers:

  • Call 811
  • TTY: 1-866-797-0007   

Note: In a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Crisis Text Line

With Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone, you can chat with a trained, volunteer crisis responder for support any time, about anything, via text message. Text UOFG to 686868 to connect with support.

Chaplaincy Service

Rev. Doug Rowley assists in the spiritual needs of students of all faiths. Rev. Rowley is on-campus part-time and welcomes your visits and inquiries. You can reach him at 519-355-8867.

Additional Supports & Services

Mental Health

Physical Health

  • Good Doctors Virtual Walk-In Clinic (in Pharmasave, Ridgetown): 519-674-3400
  • Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA; with Emergency Room): 80 Grand Ave W, Chatham, ON
  • Clinton Public Hospital (with Emergency Room): 98 Shipley St, Clinton, ON
  • Check your local area for available pharmacies

Sexual/Domestic Violence Support

Emergency Services

  • Chatham-Kent Police: 519-352-1234 (or 911 for emergency situations)