Life is complicated and doesn’t always go as planned. If you are in distress, we can connect you to the help you need. Here are some resources for learners and students.
For 24/7/365 support: U of T My SSP (multiple languages): 1844-451-9700; or download the app: uoft.me/myssp
Good 2 Talk: 1866-925-5454
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.
Staying Well and Supports
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.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre – For personal safety issues, including stalking and harassment, bullying, domestic and family violence, workplace conflict, and volatile behaviour.
Campus Community Police – Report assault or immediate danger of assault, fighting, suspicious persons or trespassers, sexual assault, theft in progress, collision/disabled vehicle, etc. 416-978-2222 (24/7/365)
TravelSafer – Provides safe escort for students walking or travelling alone between University buildings, parking lots, and transit stops near campus. 416-978-7233
UofT Equity Office – 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.
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.
Faith and Spirituality
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.
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.
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.
- 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