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Breaking down U of T’s Mental Health Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

UTM

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.

UTSC

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.

Other resources

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.

Six unique restaurants in Toronto

Toronto prides itself on being an extremely multicultural city, and with that assertion comes the effects: we are littered with amazing food options here. Now, I’m not going to talk about the standard cuisines of some countries – such as Italian, French and Lebanese –which are universally praised in every major city around the world. Instead, this list will showcase the six best restaurants from underrated cuisines.

Check these places out if you are looking to take advantage of the multiculturalism of this great city!

1. Tuk Tuk Canteen: Although somewhat similar to Thai food, this Cambodian joint will give lovers of Thai food great exposure to a plethora of new flavours.

2. African Palace: A great Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant, which showcases the many flavors and unique cuisine of the Horn of Africa.

3. Cookie Martinez: Although not massive in geography, this place is massive in personality, from the lovely owner to the beautiful and vibrant colors. This is a must-try for anyone who loves Latin-American cuisine – especially those who love arepas.

4. Vos Restaurante Argentino: Argentinian steak is something everybody should try. Period. Popular around the world – especially in parts of Europe and Latin America – this spot is a must for anyone looking to try something new in Toronto.

5. Royal Myanmar Restaurant: From the interior of the restaurant to the food itself, this place screams traditional and it is perfect just the way it is. Located in a very unassuming area, this restaurant will provide you with great traditional Burmese meals.

6. Borrel: Although a prominent nation, The Netherlands has never really been able to bring their cuisine to the forefront in outside markets. Borrel tries to change that as they provide great Dutch comfort food and creative cocktails.

The four types of cute guys in tutorial

Tutorial is the holy grail place to find attractive people at school because you’re forced to sit next to them and discuss stuff. Projecting way too much onto cute boys will solve all your problems. There are only four types of cute tutorial guys, but I swear you can fit all of them into one or more of these categories if you don’t look too deeply at their souls.

The Philosophy major with a capital ‘P’

Philosophy Guy’s hair is just a bit too long, bordering on shaggy but ending up artfully tousled instead. He’s also trying to grow out some facial hair with really mixed results. Every other class, he wears a patterned short-sleeve button-down, usually with one more button than necessary undone. You talked to him once and he mentioned his psychedelic funk band within the first minute. In class, he sits at the front with his Moleskine and fountain pen and really thinks hard about what the prof says, scrawling down random things but never taking notes when actually important stuff is on the slides. He wears scuffed Converse, or maybe Vans. If they’re absolutely falling apart, you know he’s actually a Philosophy specialist.

The human red flag

Red Flag is almost always late to tutorial. There’s only a 50 per cent chance he’ll even show up, but when he does, you melt a bit despite everything about him screaming ‘run far, far away’: his Supreme laptop sticker, his Chance hat with the ‘3’ on it, his white sneakers that are so white it’s actually suspicious. He leans back in his chair a lot in class and manspreads on occasion. The fuckboy vibes are strong with this one, but you can’t help it. Maybe it’s his messy (the hot kind of messy) hair. Maybe it’s his disturbingly large collection of nice hoodies that you can imagine yourself wearing. I’m sorry, but this is your life now. Seek help.

The walking J.Crew ad

This guy is like if you took an ad for J.Crew and then added even more hair pomade. If U of T had a rowing team for rich kids (dragon boating doesn’t count), he’d be on it. He might own more than one peacoat, and he’s generally well-groomed but still misses some stubble here or there. He’s a little bit too good with people and talks a lot, to the point where it’s truly shocking when the TA asks a question and he doesn’t immediately offer some crazy articulate answer. When other people answer a question or respond to what he says, he nods his head thoughtfully. He sticks mainly to button-ups and nice sweaters, but every now and then he breaks out that rowing blazer with confidence you wish you had. You really want to hate him but just can’t.

The quiet guy in the corner, but ohmygod his eYeS

Quiet Guy is really unassuming-looking in basically every way. He always goes straight for the back of the room and then just looks intensely at every person who speaks. He isn’t trying to stare or anything; his eyes are just that piercing. You can rarely find him in class because he sits by himself and blends into the crowd. When you speak up in tutorial, he looks at you and your actual identity shatters because he sees through everything you have ever said or done. His voice is probably super deep… but who’ll ever know?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claps back at U of T student

Yesterday, University of Toronto computer engineering student Harry Khachatrian recieved a clap back response from popular new U.S. Representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).

After AOC was quoted as saying, “The vast majority of Americans know that income inequality is one of the biggest issues of our time” in an interview with The Hill. Mr. Khachatrian tweeted AOC by asking, “What, precisely, is the correct level of income inequality for you, @AOC? Is there a distribution you are shooting for? Should everyone be equal?”

AOC responded stating the following: “Somewhere between ‘teachers shouldn’t have to sell their own blood to make rent’ & ‘billionaires with helipads and full-time workers on food stamps shouldn’t exist in the same society.”

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Khachatrian is a regular contributor for right-wing media publications The Rebel and The Daily Wire.

Disclosure: Harry Khachatrian has contributed to The Varsity in the past. 

I left my phone in the back of a taxi, so I’m a fucking idiot

Dear iPhone 6 I’ve had for five months,

I really, really, miss you.

One freezing Friday morning (literally just the other day), you were in my jacket pocket. I had just finished an overnight shift, so I was drowsy and exhausted. I had an important interview in less than an hour, and in an attempt to get there faster, I decided to take a taxi.

That was mistake number one.

Once my colleague took over from me at work, I rushed downstairs and didn’t bother to put in my headphones. I wanted to keep my head clear, not filled with Nicki Minaj lyrics.

That was mistake number two.

As I ran to the lone orange cab on the curb, I held onto my phone cradled in my pocket, trying desperately to keep it inside. I didn’t want to put it in my jeans pocket because the denim darkens the phone case.

The was mistake number three.

Inside the cab, it was a still and awkward silence. I wasn’t in the mood to talk — I was tired after such a long shift, and I had been working since midnight. The driver didn’t seem all too eager, either.

I paid no attention to my surroundings and attempted to take a small nap. Before I knew it, however, I was at my location. I fumbled for the fare, tipped generously, and ran out of the cab without looking back.

The was mistake number four.

You know how this ends.

Since losing my phone, I’ve had exactly six people ask why I don’t take an Uber, five people wonder why I didn’t have Find My iPhone turned on, and a mere four people console my spiralling self.

My answer to all those questions?

Yeah, I’m really stupid.

Four upcoming career fairs to keep your eye on

1. Get Experience Fair!

A bunch of U of T organizations and offices are partnering to host the Get Experience Fair next Wednesday at Hart House. The fair promises to equip students with skills necessary to gain experience for the workplace. According to the Facebook event, the fair will provide “a relaxed environment” to explore various job opportunities.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 11am-3pm.

Where: The Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir.

2. Get Hired: Summer and Full Time Job Fair

UTM’s annual job fair is one of the largest career fairs at U of T. With over 80 organizations participating, the Get Hired fair is solid place to being job-searching. Come to this fair with an updated resume in hand and a professional outfit. Have questions? UTM’s Career Centre has put together a video with tips to prep:

When: Wednesday, January 16, 10am-2pm.

Where:  RAWC, 1825 Outer Circle.

3. UTSC: Summer and Full-Time Job Fair 

UTSC’s career fair boasts over 70 organizations with both summer and full-time positions available. Starting this year, the job fair will also have an “Entrepreneur Alley” to help students learn skills needed to start a business. UTSC has created a tip sheet to help students prepare for the fair.

When: Thursday, January 24, 11am-2pm.

Where: Highland Halls Events Centre, 1265 Military Trail.

4. New Grad Career Fair 

U of T has partnered with Ryerson University to host a career fair specifically designed for recent grads. This fair provides current students and recent grads with the opportunity to chat with recruiters and learn about the requirements for a variety of jobs. Ryerson has created a guide for fair attendees to ensure you’re ready for the day. According to the event page, you might even score an interview at the fair – so be prepared for anything!

When: Thursday, February 7, 11am-3:30pm.

Where: Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St.