The GSA would like to express support and sympathy towards students impacted by the earthquakes and aftershocks that have struck Northern Syria and Southern Turkey which have resulted in over 33000 deaths and the destruction of infrastructure.

To those in our community that have created space and spearheaded fundraising efforts, we express our gratitude. From clothing drives, support groups and bake sales it is at the grassroots level that Carleton University thrives in support. Syrian and Turkish students have taken the lead and it is important for support to continue to be offered even after media coverage stops, lives are still altered.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for Syrian and Turkish students.

Graduate students with Greenshield insurance have access to the Inkblot student assistance program which includes 500 free minutes of virtual counselling services. This can be accessed through your policy number CAR-(Carleton Student Number-00) virtually, from setting up an account via

Carleton provides free counselling services for both undergraduate and graduate students, and has a graduate counsellor, crisis counsellor, racialized counsellor and 2SLGBTQAI counsellor as well as can prioritize students within 48 hours for intake. For students who are in need of urgent intake please indicate this at health and counselling services. Health and Counselling Services can be reached at 613-520-6674. Short Term Counselling is offered.

To donate towards the relief effort The Red Crescent/Cross Türkiye Syria Earthquake Appeal has a fund as well as the UNHCR Canada Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Response. Donations are tax decidable in Canada.

Donation links

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UNHCR Canada:

In Solidarity

GSA Carleton

Mental Health Resources

Contact information for the Graduate Student Counsellor:

Name: Magda Georgescu, MSW, RSW

Title: Counsellor – Graduate Student Focus

Phone: 613-520-2600 x 5559


YSB 24/7 Crisis Line: 613-260-2360


Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566


Crisis Text: 741741 Website:



Good 2 Talk: 1-866-925-5454 Website:

Centre d’Aide: 819-595-9999 Website:

Distress Centre Ottawa: 613-238-3311


Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914