If you are in distress, use the resources below or reach out to our registrar (email@example.com) who can help you navigate the various supports and connect you to the help you need. :
Good 2 Talk: 1-866-925-5454.
Good2Talk is a free, confidential service for post-secondary students in Ontario, available 24/7/365. By calling 1-866-925-5454, post-secondary students in Ontario can receive professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.
Gerstein Centre: 416-929-5200.
24-hour community-based crisis service for serious mental health issues.
Call 911 if you are:
feeling desperate and hopeless, worried you might hurt yourself, someone else or having suicidal thoughts, alone with no one to talk to
Call 911 if you have:
made a plan, the means to hurt yourself or someone else (e.g. pills or a weapon), attempted suicide or have hurt yourself before
Virtual mental health wayfinder. A more streamlined way to discover mental health resources and supports. Navi, short for navigator, is a chat-based virtual assistant that can understand the questions you ask, and provide accurate and relevant responses.
Early intervention counselling session (non-urgent): Call 416 978 8030 and select option 5.
This is a counselling service for mild to moderate mental health issues and is provided by the School of Graduate Studies. Appointments are booked within a week from when you call.
Student Life @ U of T – Health and Wellness:
Offers a range of mental and physical health supports in the form of workshops, training, support groups, counselling services, personal health visits and more.
School of Graduate Studies Wellness Portal:
Health and Wellness resources designed for graduate students.
OISE Psychology Clinic:
Provides comprehensive assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents, and assessment and counselling services to adults. Services typically provided by students doing their clinical training under supervision. 252 Bloor Street West, suite 7-296. 416-978-0620. $ Fees vary, depending on services
Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre: 416-978-2266.
For personal safety issues, including stalking and harassment, bullying, domestic and family violence, workplace conflict, and volatile behaviour.
Campus Community Police: 416-978-2222 (24/7/365).
Report assault or immediate danger of assault, fighting, suspicious persons or trespassers, sexual assault, theft in progress, collision/disabled vehicle, etc.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Supports
UofT Equity Offices:
The University of Toronto has specialized Equity Offices that are unique to our institution. Together, we advance the University’s commitment to equity and excellence and meet the complex needs of our tri-campus community. These Offices support the U of T community by engaging in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) education and initiatives while implementing change to build capacity and knowledge.
Sexual & Gender Diversity Office: 416-946-5624.
Develops partnerships to build supportive learning and working communities at the University of Toronto by working towards equity and challenging discrimination.
Elder in Residence and Traditional Teacher in Residence: 416-978-8227.
Meet with Elders and Traditional Teachers for support, guidance, and teachings. First Nations House, North Borden Building, 3rd floor, 563 Spadina Avenue.
Physical Health Supports
Family Care Supports
The Family Care Office aims to support and help students who are currently balancing their academic career, as well as work, with the challenges of family responsibility. The Office’s mandate is to support students and their families with any family care issue by providing information, guidance, referrals and advocacy.
SGS Leave of Absence Policy for Parental Leave – New parents may apply to their graduate coordinator for a one-session to three-session leave of absence at the time of pregnancy, birth, or adoption to provide full-time care during a child’s first year.
SGS Parental Grant – Doctoral students within the funded cohort may apply for this fund that helps offset the loss of funding as a result of taking on approved parental leave of absence at the time of birth or adoption.
Faith and Spirituality Supports
Multi-faith Spaces around Campus – Several multi-purpose spaces on St. George campus are suitable for prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices.
Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice – Supports the spiritual well-being of students, staff, and faculty through interfaith dialogue and other activities that help to increase our understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices. 569 Spadina Avenue, 416-946-3120.
Elder in Residence and Traditional Teacher in Residence – Meet with Elders and Traditional Teachers for support, guidance, and teachings. First Nations House, North Borden
Building, 3rd floor, 563 Spadina Avenue, 416-978-8227.
Accessibility and Academic Accommodations
Access resources to assist in the development of appropriate accommodations and supports while you undertake new academic challenges. Review the Accessibility Services Graduate and Professional Program Student Handbook.
Provides programs to help grad students build skills, get support, and meet other grad students. Take advantage of the Grad Talks, Grad Escapes, and Grad Connections programs – 21 Sussex Drive plus various locations.
Connect with us to develop a healthy approach to learning, find confidence and motivation to study, take better notes, prepare for tests and exams and manage your tasks more efficiently.
Graduate Centre for Academic Communication:
Provides graduate students with advanced training in academic writing and speaking. Writing Coursesand Workshops are offered throughout the academic year. A selection of pre-recorded workshops are also available.
Centre for Graduate Professional Skills:
An initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, designed to help all graduate students become fully prepared for their future. GPS focuses on skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program, skills that may be critical to success in the wide range of careers that graduates enter, both within and outside academe.
Graduate Mentorship & Supervision
Health Science Writing Centre:
We offer individual student instruction, support for your writing development as you need it, writing resources, support for faculty to integrate writing into class and both synchronous and asynchronous online appointments.
Essential Research Skills Workshops:
Learn how to do exploratory research to find out what is already known on a topic, develop successful research questions, effectively search for quality resources, critically evaluate and choose the best sources and use information responsibly.
U of T Health Services
U of T Health Services delivers the same services to students as that of a family doctor’s office. The service is confidential, is geared towards the student body and provides comprehensive medical care as well as specialized services such as travel medicine, immunization and referrals for specialized treatment.
The Graduate Students Union (GSU) administers extensive and flexible Health and Dental plans to registered students and their dependents. Information about how to opt out of these plans is also available.
Additional Supports for Staying Well
Graduate Counselling Services & workshops at School of Graduate Studies – Offered in partnership with Health and Wellness Centre – SGS Wellness Counsellors offer brief counselling services for graduate students five days a week and lead bimonthly wellness workshops. Build coping skills to help you meet the demands of your academic and personal life.
OISE Psychology Clinic – Provides comprehensive assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents, and assessment and counselling services to adults. Services typically provided by students doing their clinical training under supervision. 252 Bloor Street West, suite 7-296. 416-978-0620.
$ Fees vary, depending on services.
Gradlife – provides programs to help grad students build skills, get support, and meet other grad students. Take advantage of the Grad Talks, Grad Escapes, and Grad Connections programs – 21 Sussex Drive plus various locations. 416-946-0148.
Mindful Moments – increase your relaxation and resiliency by learning how to be mindful.
Tips from Toronto Public Health
- Take deep breaths. Simple breathing exercises can help ease stress. Try breathing in deeply, counting to three, hold for a count of three, and then slowly breathe out, counting to three.
- Have a routine. Structure your day and maintain positive habits.
- Let in the sun. Open windows. Sunlight can improve your mood.
- Exercise, dance and have fun. Blow off steam and boost endorphins.
- Call or virtually connect with loved ones. Lean on each other for support.
- Stay informed. Check credible sources of information for updates but take breaks when needed. Taking in the news all day can be draining. Unplug for a bit and recharge – listen to music, meditate, read or listen to a podcast instead.
- Look for the positives. Share inspirational stories of people helping one another.
- Engage your brain. Do a word search, Sudoku, jigsaw or crossword puzzle.
- Help others. Volunteer to pick up groceries or walk the dog for a neighbour who is self-isolating. Helping someone else can make you feel good.
- Seek help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out. Community help is available.
- Basic Hygiene and Precautions
- CAMH Resources and FAQs on how to be well
- Volunteering in Active Health Care Environments
- U of T Geography and Planning – Mental Health Resources
- Well-Being Support Resources – March 27
- Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 (Coursera)
- Presenting online 101
- It’s OK not to feel OK – Toronto Public Health
- OISE – Online Wellness Platform