More resilient more often

How to flourish as a university  student


"The Q-Life team expresses tons of enthusiasm and passion around their role as Q-Life leaders, which certainly comes across to students in a positive way. They contribute to the "lifestyle" edge which is highly pertinent to young adults today, especially regarding exercise, nutrition, and social media "

Q-Life Graduate

"All the Q-Life leaders are very sincere communicators. You get the sense that they are being very honest and genuine about their past experiences (good and bad), as well as about their intention to help people of all walks of life be their best selves."

Q-Life Graduate

"I appreciate the Q-Life leaders sharing their past experiences and drawing parallels with people of different walks of life, such as making comparisons between athletes they have worked with vs. an academically-minded student studying for a hard exam."


"The Q-Life team is superb. Their messages are based in both scientific fact and clinical/ life experience, which give them both depth and reliability. All the leaders make a good complementary team. Very knowledgeable and passionate as a Q-Life leader"




Darren is passionate about improving  resilience and health in a fast changing world. Darren is a professional Exercise Physiologist and has worked in the health and performance field for nearly 25 years. He is Owner of a Consulting Company in Halifax dedicated to helping people live flourishing lives. He has consulted with corporations, with top level executives, Olympic Medalists, World Champion athletes and thousands of employees.

Darren has a weekly column on resilience in the Chronicle Herald and his most recent book can be found on Amazon: “Are you ready?”, an easy approach to enhancing your resilience.

Darren is an adjunct professor in the school of health and human performance at Dalhousie University where he has, and is, conducting research on resilience and high performance sport. Currently, Darren is leading a study on resilience in university age students. 

Darren has also been a reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance as well as The Physician and Sports Medicine Journal. 

Not only does he teach resilience but practices it daily. 


Dr. Cawley is the Regional Mental Health Coordinator responsible for coordinating and facilitating the development of a sustainable post-secondary mental health strategy, on behalf of the member institutions of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU). She is completing her PhD in psychiatry at McGill University 


Dr. Jonathon Fowles is an exercise physiologist whose work in the Centre of Lifestyle Studies at Acadia University, examines the effects of exercise on health in athletes, the elderly and persons with chronic disease. Dr. Fowles has worked with many national organizations to promote practical strategies to implement exercise recommendations as part of quality practice. He was the scientific lead for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Physical Activity and Training for Health (CSEP-PATH) manual and he has spearheaded initiatives with many national and regional health organizations to increase capacity for physical activity counseling by health care providers, receiving recognitions for his efforts as a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (2018), the Lawson Foundation 60th Anniversary Award of Excellence (2017), the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia Dedicated Leader Award (2016) and the CSEP Professional Standards Program Recognition Award (2015).  Dr. Fowles is currently the Chair of the National Advisory Council for Exercise is Medicine Canada.


Dr Shannon Johnson is a Dalhousie professor of psychology,director of clinic training and also a practising clinic psychologist. She has also won Dalhousie University Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence. 

Shannon is a wealth of knowledge for those struggling and working on living a floruishing life. 


What is living the Q-Life?


Kelly sips her morning coffee and her mind wanders. She has a paper due, 2 exams this week, her friends are going out tonight and she has a society meeting at 5:30 pm. But Kelly does not feel overwhelmed.

She is living a Q-Life. Kelly’s R-Battery is fully charged. Kelly knows she can’t fit everything into her schedule, so she sends a quick text to send regrets to the society meeting so she can focus on her exams.

She tells her friends she will see them on Saturday night but she does not skip her 4:00 fitness class as she knows it affects her focus during studying. She also chooses to mindfully walk to class in the cool morning air and packs a lunch that includes fresh fruit. Prior to starting studying she puts a do not disturb sign on the door, turns her social media off, and puts her phone in airplane mode. All is well for Kelly because she was aware and took accountability for the situation. She took decisive action on what she can control to charge her R-battery.


Dr Leanne Stevens, Dalhousie University Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award - Dalhousie Association of Psychology Students/Mentor Of the Year

I encourage our first-year students to complete the Q-Life program for many reasons. The transition from high-school to university is filled with new challenges, changes, and stressors—the ability to adapt, learn, and grow from these experiences is essential for mental wellness, academic success, and personal growth. The skills students can learn through the Q-Life program will help them far beyond their first year of university. 

Dr Colin Guthrie, Mental Performance Consulting Group

 “The Q-Lifes systematic and multidimensional approach to assessing, preparing, monitoring, and developing resiliency in the individuals I work with, is a critical part of the journey for executive coaching or high-performance team development.”

Verity Turpin, AVP, Student Affairs Dalhousie University

The Q-Life Program is an important component of our stepped care model at Dalhousie. The program builds our students’ skills so they remain healthy and thrive as they pursue their academic goals, despite all the bumps that come along the way


Resilience helps to boost students' confidence, increase their belief in themselves, and unlock their full potential.

"The Q life came just when I needed it. I love the encouragement it provides to “charge my r-battery” in order to take on my daily tasks as a student. "

Q-Life Graduate

"“Q-Life is something that has unfortunately only been brought to my attention at the end of my university career, but regardless of the timing I am incredibly happy I got this experience because I believe it has changed me forever. I have never been more happy and able to resist the negative thoughts present in my head like I have with Q-Life training. This experience has made me more confident in myself and my abilities to handle my emotions. I think the campus would benefit greatly if this was a required course to take before coming into university. These are essential life skills to have and should be taught to everyone regardless of their university/career interest.”"

Q-Life Graduate

"I absolutely loved the course and will definitely promote it as much as I can to others!"

Q-Life Graduate

"I really enjoy the companion. It has everything I need and allows me to actually participate and work through exercises. I like how it also summarizes the main ideas so when I need something I can look back on it. "

Q-Life Graduate

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes it is. Easy to access, easy to follow and tons of learning about yourself and resilience. 


It takes 4-5 weeks. It starts with an assessment, followed by 4 weeks of videos and workbook activities, and ends with an assessment.

  • The assessments will take 15 minutes each
  • We ask that you journal and log as often as possible. That can be as little as 1 minute a day or as long as you want
  • There are about 6 hours of videos broken up into small chunks that are easily digestible over the 4 weeks of the program.
  • Resilience screening is becoming common place in the interview hiring process
  • You can now say you have been trained in resilience. You can recognize your accomplishment on your resume 

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