Today is World Mental Health Day, and we’re spotlighting 12 mental health and academic supports for graduate students. This list is geared toward helping graduate students navigate useful resources to support their mental well being and academic success. Join us in sharing vital resources and break the stigma.
1. Wellness Portal
This portal, developed in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), is the first graduate-specific mental health and academic support resource hub. Access the Wellness Portal to find over 100 services (on and off the tri-campus), sort information by location, category, and language, and get tips on student-supervisor relationships:
2. Graduate Accessibility Advisor
New this year, the School of Graduate Studies also hosts an embedded Accessibility Advisor. For the 2018-19 academic year, the Accessibility Advisor will advise students on a referral basis only (no drop-ins). Should you require academic accommodations, please complete the registration form Accessibility Services at the above link.
3. Graduate Counselling
Graduate students can access counselling services at the School of Graduate Studies (63 St. George Street). The Wellness Counsellor will offer brief counselling services tailored to the challenges presented by graduate-level university life. The focus of counselling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building.
4. Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (G2G)
Talk to a current graduate student at The G2G who can encourage and support your student experiences. There are 14 G2G Advisors available during daily drop-in hours. Want to schedule something in advance? You can also set up a one-on-one phone/Skype call or in-person appointment
5. Online Psychology Services via Psy-Vitaliti
Did you know that part of your UTGSU coverage includes up to $500 in coverage through the Psy-Vitaliti network? A psychologist can help you navigate the ups and downs of student life with more calmness, motivation, and confidence. You can consult a psychologist in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Students may also visit a psychologist at PsyVitalitï’s downtown Toronto office for in-person consultations.
6. Grad Connection Workshops
Take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. This is a free event! Coffee and tea will be available. Register: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Space is limited to 20 students.
7. Learning Strategist
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with workload or just looking for some guidance to steer your academic path, make an appointment with a Learning Strategist. It’s never too late to carve out a plan to balance and integrate your academic commitments and your personal goals.
8. Sports Intramural League
The graduate student intramurals are free for all graduate students at the University of Toronto. This is a three-year pilot project, which is a joint effort between the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU). For the full list of sports that we are offering this fall, please visit our Graduate Student Intramural Sign-up Sheet. You will find a breakdown of sport, division.
9. Health & Wellness Centre
The Health and Wellness Centre offers weekly meditation moments to teach you how to maintain moment by moment awareness and an online workshop to strengthen your coping skills with day to day situations. On a monthly basis they offer workshops on how to sleep properly when you’re feeling stressed, learn about restorative breathing and muscle tension reduction techniques, and a grief sharing circle to help you talk about how and what you’re feeling. There are also one-on-one graduate counselling services available through the School of Graduate Studies.
10. Multifath Centre
Did you know that the Multi-Faith Centre has Indigenous Elders and chaplains who offer spiritual support from a variety of holistic, religious, spiritual, and belief perspectives? If you’re looking for faith-based community events/workshops or counselling on campus, they are available to all University of Toronto students.
11. Graduate Community Groups
Be part of a graduate student group and build a sense of community. The UTGSU has 9 service groups and 10 grad-focused Committees and Caucuses. The UTGSU Mental Health Advocacy Committee, known as Grad Minds, hosts weekly yoga sessions and runs monthly and annual conferences and events. Students at the Mississauga and Scarborough campuses can also stay connected to UTMAGS, GSAS and SBA for fantastic free programming, workshops, and socials.
12. Voluntary Leave of Absence
All graduate students have the option to take a voluntary leave of absence. During your leave you can opt-in to University health care services to ensure you’re equipped with the tools and support you need.
Did we miss something? Let us know what else should be on this list by commenting on the article or sending us an email at email@example.com. Your voice will help the UTGSU advocate for diverse, accessible, and intersectional mental health resources as well as improve existing initiatives!