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.

Need support?  If you are in distress, there are 24/7 counselling services and other resources available. In an emergency, call 911.

Mental Health Training & Education Opportunities

We host a variety of training and education sessions for students, staff and faculty to support student mental health and well-being. These workshops are available to all departments and academic units within the Faculty, and where possible the content will be tailored for your specific audience.

Learn more about training opportunities and register for upcoming sessions.

Latest information for U of T Engineering regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

Unpredictable and uncontrollable situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Finding ways to mitigate and cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Here are some resources from U of T Engineering that you might find helpful when navigating this situation.

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.

Resources

There are a number of resources available at U of T and within the Faculty to support you and your mental health.

Resources

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 simplified Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Korean and Spanish.

Registrar’s Office 

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

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.

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 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.

Mental Health Training and Education Opportunities

We host a variety of training and education sessions for students, staff and faculty to support student mental health and well-being. These workshops are available to all departments and academic units within the Faculty, and where possible the content will be tailored for your specific audience.

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 Start

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).

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.

Rewriting the Guide to Self-Care for and by U of T Engineering Students

Online or In-person, 1-1.5 hours

Self-care means taking time to do things that you enjoy or that make you feel better. This participatory workshop harnesses the group’s collective experiences and knowledge to create a self-care guide specific to their needs.

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

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

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