At the University of Toronto, it may be hard to sift through the various mental health services offered across campus. Here’s a breakdown of some college, campus, and general mental health resources available for students:
Innis College focuses on hosting wellness events, including yoga sessions and collaborations with Hart House to offer drop in dates for board games, hot chocolate, crafts and more community activities during the month of December. Innis college also aims to raise awareness on practicing safe sex, managing stress and learning how to effectively manage your time.
New College advocates for mental health anti-stigmatism. The college participated in the Student Voice Project bringing speakers from a variety of disciplines together to talk about the importance of mental health. The college also offers many activities that encourage creativity and critical thinking when discussing matters of mental health. New College strives to create a sense of community for its students in advocating for mental health and support.
Woodsworth College strives to be a safe space for its students by providing activities and initiatives in which students can partake. Every Wednesday, the Woodsworth College Students’ Association (WCSA) offers free pancakes to all its students to encourage a sense of community. Students can also reach out to WCSA’s Mental Health Director, Amelia Eaton, at [email protected] for support. WCSA also hosts activities that help students academically such as ‘cam jam’ sessions prior to exam periods. Students are also encouraged to join the running club at Woodsworth to destress with physical activity.
Victoria College believes that addressing the right resources for help is crucial. The Office of the Dean of Students, Vic Information Desk, and the Office of the Registrar are all contacts that students can approach in times of need. Victoria College also hosts “Wellness Wednesdays,” a weekly program to support the mental and physical health of Vic students. Additionally, Victoria College also offers weekly mindfulness and weekly yoga sessions for its students.
St. Michael’s College
The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) offers many different resources for students such as learning strategies, health and wellness, and a wellness counsellor, Nicole LeBlanc. Students can approach her with various mental health concerns ranging from depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Her services are confidential and in compliance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).
Trinity College strives to provide academic balance with a sense of community, relationship, and responsibility. The Health and Wellness program at Trinity aims to support student success across all disciplines with a concentration on managing food, equity and diversity, sexual violence education, prevention and support, and mental health management for dealing with stress and crisis situations.
University College (UC) focuses on a systematic approach of considering the role of the university at large to create a healthier framework. UC advocates increased mental-health communication; preventive, educational, resiliency, and anti-stigma programming; supporting the mental health needs of diverse communities; expanding partnerships with off-campus health resources; and increased peer mentorship offerings. In January, Daphne Wang, along with Tisha Hasan and Lynn Ly, founded Peer2Peer at University College, which holds anonymous weekly drop-in talks led by trained peer facilitators on topics like stigma, homesickness, and post-grad angst.
University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) offers individual mental health services. To contact the UTM Health and Counselling centre where students can interact with a personal counselor, nurse, or doctor, and book appointments students can email [email protected] or call 905-828-5255.
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) offers personal counselling and a Health and Wellness Centre for emergency or crisis situations. Students can email the Health and Wellness Centre at [email protected] or call 416-287-7065.
Students also have access to Good 2 Talk (1-866-925-5454). This is a free service for post-secondary students in Ontario, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Good 2 Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing counselling and referrals.
If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to right away, you can call:
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service phone available 24/7 at 1-833-456-4566
- Good 2 Talk Student Helpline at 1-866-925-5454
- Ontario Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600
- Gerstein Centre Crisis Line at 416-929-5200
- U of T Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030
Disclosure: Amelia Eaton is a Comment columnist for The Varsity.