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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    Navi

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

    Newsletter

    Stay up-to-date on initiatives that will support your mental health & wellbeing as a U of T Engineering student by signing up for our Mental Wellness Weekly Round-Up Newsletter.

    Joint Task Force on Academic Advising & Mental Health

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

    COVID-19 Updates & Resources for U of T Engineering

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

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


    Loss, Grief & Healing During COVID-19

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


    Coping with Stress During COVID-19

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

     

    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.

    Services & Supports

    U of T Engineering Student Services & Support Resources

    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.

    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.  

    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.

    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.

    Design Your Mindset: U of T Engineering Mindful Moments

    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 or join us on Mondays at 6:00 PM.

    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.

    Mental Health Initiatives Community of Practice (MHI CoP)

    Are you a student planning to organize a mental health initiative at U of T Engineering in 2021-2022? Would you like to have guidance and financial* support?

    SkuleMental Health Bursary

    (Coming in September 2021)

    Mental health and wellness remain at the forefront for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the Engineering Society. One part of our suite of mental health and wellness initiatives is the Skule™ Mental Health Bursary which provides financial aid to Undergraduate Engineering students experiencing challenging or unforeseen circumstances, with particular focus on students in need of increased mental health and wellness financial support including, counselling, training, workshops, peer support groups, therapy sessions, resource guides and more.

    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 for uploading.

    If you would like to request another suicide prevention training like safeTALK, ASIST, or a debriefing conversation email mentalhealth@engineering.utoronto.ca.

    Supporting Student Mental Health at U of T Engineering

    This session is 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the group’s requirements. 

    U of T Engineering's staff, librarians, faculty and student leaders all play an important role in supporting student mental health. In this session your facilitator(s), the Faculty Critical Incident Coordinator and/or the Mental Health Programs Officer, will review U of T Engineering’s reporting protocol and share information about helpful resources available to you throughout the process should you require assistance while supporting a student.

    To prepare for this training it is helpful for everyone to have the same baseline understanding of mental health and the University's Identify, Assist, Refer model. To achieve this, we suggest that participants complete the IAR Online Learning Module prior to this session.

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

    Financing Your Mental Health: A Guide for U of T Engineering Graduate Students

    Accessing private practice mental health therapy can be costly, but it’s not your only option. Check out this guide from U of T Engineering & GECoS to learn more.

    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.  

    Smartphones could automate mental health monitoring by recording ambient noise

    A study from Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) and Daniel Di Matteo (ECE PhD candidate) shows that recordings of ambient noise from a smartphone could be used to shed light on a subject’s mental health.

    Mental Health Programs Officer

    Melissa Fernandes poses in the Myhal Centre.

    Melissa Fernandes
    U of T Engineering Mental Health Programs Officer

    Meet with Melissa Fernandes, the Faculty’s Mental Health Programs Officer:

    • to learn more about mental health training opportunities
    • to inform your programming with best-practice insights
    • for support with student mental health resource navigation
    • to learn more about mental health initiatives at U of T Engineering

     

    Undergraduate students: Book a meeting through the advising portal

    Graduate students, staff & faculty: Book a meeting through email

     

    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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