Mental Health & Wellness

U of T Engineering's Commitment

U of T Engineering is committed to fostering a culture of care and support. To do this effectively we strive to embed these principles into the ways we administer our programs and services. Through our current Academic Plan we have made a commitment to leverage and create resources, and develop policies and procedures to support mental wellness, assist students in need and promote healthy lifestyles.

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YOUR MENTAL HEALTH WAYFINDER

Looking for mental health resources? Navi is an online chat tool that will help you find the services you're looking for.

Mental Health Learning Opportunities

There are lots of opportunities for students, staff and faculty to build awareness and skills in the area of mental health and well-being. 

Learn more about learning opportunities and register.

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Unpredictable and uncontrollable situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, can be stressful and overwhelming at times.  

Here are some resources that you might find helpful when navigating your mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joint Task Force on Academic Advising & Mental Health

In April 2019, U of T Engineering’s Joint Task Force on Academic Advising & Mental Health (JTF) was created to review the work of previous Faculty task forces and make further recommendations with regards to academic advising and student mental health and wellness.

Read the final report to learn more about the recommendations and actions taken to support the student experience (PDF).

Services & Supports

There are several resources available at U of T and within the Faculty to support student mental health and well-being. 

COVID-19 Updates & Resources for U of T Engineering

Latest information for Engineering students, faculty & staff regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Visit this webpage for the latest information for Engineering students, faculty & staff regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) from Dean Chris Yip.


Loss, Grief & Healing During COVID-19 

Use this guide created by CAMH to understand how the pandemic causes experiences of loss and grief, and how to move forward in the face of uncertainty.


Coping with Stress During COVID-19

Use this guide created by CAMH to understand and discover coping strategies and personal assessment tools to help you manage your stress and anxiety as we adapt the next normal.

 

Mind Control: Manage your Mental Health During COVID-19

This coursera course was created by Professor Steve Joordens, Department of Psychology (U of T) 

Never in the history of humanity have so many people been feeling intense anxiety related to COVID-19 and the world it will leave in its wake.  The intent of this course is to give you a deeper understanding of the anxiety reaction as it relates to various aspects of our current life, ranging from our consumption of news to the way we talk to our children about this.  I will also give you clear strategies for managing and, in fact, turning off the anxiety response at least for short periods.  My sincere hope is that you will leave this course with a better understanding of how your brain reacts to crises, along with some powerful tools for managing it before it manages you.

Learn about the course, and enroll for free.

Conversations About Mental Health as COVID-19 Becomes Our New Normal

A six-part series that explores the mental health challenges that our community is facing as we navigate our way through this pandemic.

Register here.

Services & Supports

U of T Engineering Student Services & Supports

Academic Success & Engineering’s Learning Strategist

Academic Success and Engineering’s Learning Strategist help you reach your highest learning potential by providing programs and services that offer exams & note-taking strategies, learning & time management skills, and resources to sharpen your concentration & motivation.

Accessibility Services and On-Location Advisor  

The role of Accessibility Services is to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities into all aspects of university life with a focus on skills development, especially in the areas of self-advocacy and academic skills.

Centre for International Experience (CIE) &
Engineering First Year International Student Advisors

CIE provides an array of services unique to international students and enables global learning for the U of T community. Engineering’s First Year International Student Advisors support students as they transition to the learning environment at U of T Engineering.

Engineering Department Graduate Administrators 

Connect with your graduate administrator to learn more about the mental health and wellness resources available to you through your department. 

Equity Offices & Engineering’s EDI Initiatives

Equity offices and U of T Engineering’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives provide resources and conduct education and awareness initiatives on how to best realize the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and human rights and provide guidance on specific issues as they arise.

First Year Team & Advisors

The First Year Office is here to help you make a successful transition to a new and exciting learning environment at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

GECoS Mental Wellness Commission 

The Graduate Engineering Council of Students Mental Wellness Commission is a group U of T engineering graduate students who advocate for mental health and wellness, plan events, and work with the Faculty to implement positive change.

Graduate Peer and Career Support (Grad PACS) 

A Grad PACs Guide can help you navigate resources, build skills and find community.  

Health & Wellness and On-Location Health & Wellness Engineering Counsellor 

Health & Wellness provides a range of health services for your physical and mental health, wellness programs and information to help support you in achieving your personal and academic goals.

Inclusion & Transition Advisor 

U of T Engineering’s Inclusion and Transition Advisor is available to assist students who may be experiencing barriers to their transition into and inclusion within the Faculty.

Mental Health Programs Officer 

The Faculty's Mental Health Programs Officer builds capacity at U of T Engineering to support student mental health and well-being by offering mental health programs and training, conducting research and offering best practice insights.

Mental Health Resources for 2SLGBTQ+ U of T Engineering Students 

A selection of mental health resources curated specifically for 2SLGBTQ+ U of T Engineering Students 

Mental Health Resources for U of T Engineering Varsity Athletes 

A selection of mental health resources curated specifically for U of T Engineering Varsity Athletes.  

My Student Support Program (MySSP)

U of T’s MySSP provides students with immediate and/or ongoing confidential, 24-hour counselling support. Ongoing support is available over the phone in 146 languages. Immediate support is available over the phone in 35 languages and over chat in Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.

Registrar’s Office 

U of T Engineering’s Office of the Registrar works closely with program departments to support undergraduate student matters.

Scholarships & Financial Aid Office & Advisor 

Engineering students are welcome to call or visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office, located inside the Office of the Registrar, and make an appointment with the Financial Advisor for support surrounding financial challenges.

SKULE Mental Wellness 

Skule Mental Wellness (SMW) is the University of Toronto’s mental wellness directorship for engineering students, which recognizes and addresses the importance and impact of mental health and wellness in everyday life.

Upper-Year Academic Advisors 

Upper-Year Academic Advisors are available to provide support for personal, academic, and career related matters.

Other Campus Services & Supports

Campus Police  

The University of Toronto Police is dedicated to creating a safe, secure and equitable environment for students, staff, faculty and visitors. 

Community Safety Office 

Offers short-term support and assistance to students, staff, and faculty members of the University of Toronto community who have experienced personal safety concerns including: Stalking, Harassment, Bullying, Intimidation,
Threats, Intimate Partner Violence, Family Violence, Workplace Conflict and/or Volatile Behaviour.

Faculty & Staff: Support for responding to distressed students 

This St. George campus guide provides contacts for faculty and staff responding to a distressed student during an emergency, an immediate crisis, a personal safety situation or where the student is presenting concerning behaviour. In the case of an emergency, including medical emergencies, suicide attempts, assault, police matters and all after-hours emergencies and crises — CALL 911 and Campus Police: 416-978-2222. 

Family Care Office

The Family Care Office is a U of T-wide service for students, faculty and staff that helps families achieve balance. Learn about daycare options, pregnancy, eldercare and more. Student family housing is also available. 

First Nations House Indigenous Student Services   

Provides culturally relevant services to indigenous students to support academic success, personal growth and leadership development. Offers learning opportunities for all students to engage with Indigenous communities at U of T and beyond  

Hart House 

Hart House is where campus meets community. Where new skills are built and lasting connections made. 

Health & Dental Extended Coverage Plans 

As a student at the University of Toronto, you're covered by extended health insurance. Extended health and dental coverage fill any gaps in provincial health care and other basic health-care programs. These plans are applicable for undergraduate, graduate, full-time, part-time and PEY students. If you are an international student, you were also automatically enrolled in the Universal Health Insurance Plan 

Multifaith Centre 

Supports the spiritual well being of everyone on campus and provides opportunities for people to learn from each other through interfaith dialogue, arts and social justice. While U of T is a secular institution, we respect everyone's right to worship 

Safety Resources for All & Specific Safety Resources for Staff & Faculty

At U of T there are a variety of resources available to support you through mental health crises, immediate danger, or experiences of sexual violence or assault. There are also specific safety resources for staff and faculty to aid them in responding to a distressed student during an emergency, an immediate crisis, a personal safety situation or where the student is presenting concerning behavior.

Sexual Gender Diversity Office (SGDO)

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) develops partnerships to build supportive learning and working communities at the University of Toronto by working towards equity and challenging discrimination. The Office provides innovative education, programming, resources and advocacy on sexual and gender diversity for students, staff and faculty across the University’s three campuses. 

Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre (The Centre) 

The Centre is here to help and support students, staff and faculty who have been affected by sexual violence or sexual harassment. They can help you understand, access and navigate supports such as counselling, medical services, academic or workplace accommodations, financial aid and legal aid. 

SGS Graduate Students' Health & Wellness

Graduate students can access counselling services at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) — wellness counsellors offer tailored graduate student services and focus on identifying strengths, acquiring resiliency and building coping skills. 

SGS Wellness Portal

Looking for mental health services, resources, or academic supports? Need to talk with someone about your experiences of supervision? This portal, developed in collaboration with the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), can help point you in the right direction. 

Sport & Recreation 

Sport & Rec offers sport and physical activity programs to the University of Toronto community. Our dynamic range of programs will help you get active in whatever way works best for your body, no matter your skill level or history of participation. 

Mental Health Learning Opportunities

U of T has a variety of mental health trainings, group counselling sessions, peer support groups, practices and other learning opportunities for students staff and faculty. Here are some that we thought you might be interested in.

Better Coping Skills Online Workshop 

Online Learning Modules

The Better Coping Skills Online Workshop series online is available to students who want to develop strategies to use in their everyday life, to help engage in more balanced thinking and to deal with negative emotions.

It was designed by counsellors working in Health & Wellness at the University of Toronto. This workshop is meant to be a first step and should be used to complement other supportive resources such as family, friends and community. 

Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR)

Online Learning Module, 30 minutes – 1 hour

The University’s Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR) online learning module was developed to provide all members of the U of T community with the basic skills and information needed to provide the initial support to a colleague, student or loved one experiencing challenges that are impacting their mental health.

Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR) + Your Role @ U of T Engineering

This training is offered over 1.5-2 hours

In this workshop we will discuss how to identify and assist someone who is experiencing a mental health challenge, how to make referrals to the resources available at U of T Engineering and we will review the protocols that exist within our spaces. Using case-studies and open discussions we will contextualize the IAR model to our setting.

To prepare for this training, we would like everyone to have the same baseline understanding of mental health and the IAR model. Please complete the Identify, Assist, Refer online learning module as a prerequisite for IAR+ Training.

LivingWorks safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training

In-person training, 3.5-4 hours

LivingWorks safeTALK is an evidence-based training that helps increase individual and community capacity to recognize and respond to suicide risk. The training session provides participants with the skills to recognize signs of suicide, engage someone with thoughts of suicide, and ensure a connection to a suicide intervention caregiver. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

These safeTALK training sessions are open to faculty, staff and students. Students can also receive this training though Student Life.

To sign-up or request a session for a group you are affiliated with at U of T Engineering or to request to be notified when future training dates become available, please use this registration button.

Suicide Prevention Training (Online)

Online learning module, 1-2 hours

LivingWorks Start teaches how to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support. This online learning module will guide you through a four-step model to keep someone safe from suicide, and you'll have a chance to practice it with impactful simulations. Safety resources and support are available throughout the program. After you have completed the module, you will be invited to a debriefing session that will offer U of T Engineering contextualization. If you are requesting access for a group, this debriefing can be tailored to your specific role & context as well.

To request access for yourself or for multiple people in a group you are affiliated with use this button. Note: If you are requesting access for multiple people, please download and fill in this document before filling out the form (as uploading it will be required).

5 Ways to Wellbeing 

5 Ways to Wellbeing (5W2W) is designed to teach you how to apply five simple, evidence-based actions in a variety of ways to promote positive mental health and wellbeing while practicing physical distancing and managing new stressors related to COVID-19. This interactive session introduces a cluster of activities that promote resiliency and reduce stress. 

Other Offerings

We can also develop and help to source a wide range of workshops on topics relating to mental health and overall well-being.
Examples include:

  • Setting Boundaries
  • Time-Management
  • Self-Care
  • Imposter Phenomenon
  • Navigating and Registering with Accessibility Services
  • Navigating Wellness Services as an Engineering Student
  • Conflict Prevention & Management Strategies
  • Mental Health Resources for specific communities (e.g., 2SLGBTQ+, Varsity Blues, Grad)

To discuss training needs or to request a workshop, please contact mentalhealth@engineering.utoronto.ca.

Drop-In Group Therapy Options  

More details can be found on the UTSC Health & Wellness Centre’s Group Therapy Schedule 

Gain support from fellow students and learn you are not alone in what you are experiencing. Learn new skills to enhance your university experience and improve your general health and well-being. 

This semester’s group options:  

  • Finding Self-Acceptance using principles of Self-Compassion 
  • Get on Anxiety, Lessen Stress 
  • LGBTQ Support Group 
  • Combatting Racism: From Bystander to Upstander 
  • Peer-to-Peer Drop-In Groups 
  • Understanding Yourself and Your Anxiety

To register, send an email to: health-services@utsc.utoronto.ca with your name, email and group topic. 

Mindful Moments Entire Series 

More details can be found on the Mindful Moments webpage 

Did you know that practicing mindfulness can help develop problem solving skills, creative thinking, productivity and focus? Robust research in the area of neuroscience and cognitive development shows that mindfulness supports learning, memory and cognitive flexibility. U of T Engineering has partnered with the Mindful Moments program to bring you a weekly practice. Browse this reservoir of past Mindful Moments sessions with host Cynthia Zheng and facilitator Christeen Salik. 

Build Your Mental Muscle—Mindfulness for Engineers 

Did you know that practicing mindfulness can help develop problem solving skills, creative thinking, productivity and focus? Robust research in the area of neuroscience and cognitive development shows that mindfulness supports learning, memory and cognitive flexibility. U of T Engineering has partnered with the Mindful Moments program to bring you a weekly practice. Browse this reservoir of past Mindful Moments sessions with host Cynthia Zheng and facilitator Christeen Salik. 

Gender Talk  

Gender Talk is a monthly conversation café for trans+ students at U of T.  We welcome all members of U of T who identify as trans, transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, or who are questioning their gender identity to come together to talk about the issues you want to talk about. Connect with other students and guest facilitators as we share our thoughts, experiences and questions 

Q21: A Conversation Café 

Q21 is a weekly conversation café to discuss the questions you want to talk about. Connect with students and guest facilitators as we share our thoughts, experiences and the questions that keep running through our minds. Each week will have a theme, though everyone is welcome to share their ideas and bring questions 

Queer & Trans Students of Colour Discussion 

A monthly peer-facilitated discussion group for LGBTQ2S+ and questioning students of colour. The group is organized to create a space for students to talk about how sexuality and race affects our lives and communities. New and returning students across all three campuses are invited to meet other people and join in discussions that challenge racism, homophobia and transphobia. 

Bringing Mental Health into the Classroom 

If you are a teaching staff or faculty member at U of T Engineering and you would like to discover new ways to bring mental health into the classroomthese resources will provide you with a variety of ways that you can support student mental health and foster a culture of care. 

U of T Engineering’s Current Mental Health Selection of Just-In-Time Slides 

Incorporate these slides into your class, online events, or your Monday morning coffee break to stay current with U of T Engineering’s mental health selection of the Just-In-Time Slides.  

Back to Skule™: Mental wellness strategies for students 

U of T Engineering’s Mental Health Programs Officer Melissa Fernandes lays out some advice on how students can effectively deal with some of the new challenges they may be facing. 

SKULE Mental Wellness Handbook  

Skule™ Mental Wellness (SMW), the University of Toronto’s mental wellness directorship for engineering students, puts together an annual handbook filled with resources, tips and helpful information relating to supporting your mental health as a U of T Engineering student.  

Mental Health Programs Officer

Melissa Fernandes poses in the Myhal Centre.

Melissa Fernandes
U of T Engineering Mental Health Programs Officer

The Faculty's Mental Health Programs Officer, Melissa Fernandes, builds capacity at U of T Engineering to support student mental health and well-being by offering mental health programs and training, conducting research and offering best practice insights. Through their work with staff, faculty and students the Mental Health Programs Officer supports U of T Engineering in fostering a culture of care and support.

Your Feedback

We are always looking for areas that need improvement and ways we can help our community feel more connected and supported. If you have a suggestion to share, please contact Melissa Fernandes, U of T Engineering Mental Health Programs Officer at mentalhealth@engineering.utoronto.ca.

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