Mental Health Committee

Focusing on student mental health at our school and in the broader U of T community

Mission & PurposeWorking Group Members

The Mental Health Committee (iStudents for Mental Health) is a standing committee focused on student mental health at our school and UofT broadly.

Get involved in the development of iMH:

  • Contribute to producing and publishing content – written or multimedia
  • Help maintain, expand (and redesign!) our resource guide
  • Organize and promote events with iMH

Action Items:
– Compile and update guide for mh-related supports, programs, and groups available to UofT students.
-Publish student-generated content reflecting on mh-related issues, news, and initiatives.
-Organize and promote events that facilitate peer connections and access to mh-related information. 

Goals: 
-Foster dialogue and community on issues of mental health that commonly affect graduate students;
-Advocate for greater expansion, improvement, and accessibility of UofT resources to help support student mental health; and
-Seek out and engage with opportunities for mental health-related education/preparedness for future librarians and information professionals.

Check out our past activities here!

Upper Year Co-Chair: Michael Changhao Gao

Changhao graduated with a psychology degree at University of Toronto. He is passionate in promoting mentally healthy lifestyle to iSchool students. As a psychology student, he fully understands that mental health has became a serious issue in students’ daily life. Therefore, he hopes to leverage his knowledge to assist students staying mentally healthy while they are studying at the Faculty of Information. He has learned the methods and gained enthusiasm to plan, organize and carry out student events. He wishes to let everyone enjoy their student’s life.

Email: changhao.gao@mail.utoronto.ca


First Year Co-Chair: Natalie Somerset

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Natalie is a first year LIS student. During her undergrad she gained lots of experience developing her own self-care practices and helping friends and family struggling with mental illnesses with their self-care as well. She hopes to use her personal experience to help and support fellow iSchool students. She is excited to plan events that help students build practical skills and provide a chance to relax and have fun throughout the school year!

Email: natalie.somerset@mail.utoronto.ca 



Resources

General U of T ResourcesCity of Toronto ResourcesGovernment of Canada Resources

Emergencies

Services Available 24/7, Year-Round:

  • Call 911
  • St. George Campus Police: 416-978-2222
  • Emergency phone locations on St. George campus
  • St. George Community Safety Office (for stalking, harassment, threats,  intimate partner and family violence, workplace conflict): 416-978-1485 
  • University of Toronto Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre: 416-978-2266

My Student Support Program

1-844-451-9700 (North America)
001-416-380-6578 (International)

U of T My SSP provides students with real-time and/or appointment-based confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost to you. You can call or chat with a counsellor directly from your phone whenever, wherever you are.

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 Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

Free Counseling

iSchool Embedded Councillor

Call (416) 978-8030
to schedule first appointment, specifically asking for the “iSchool Embedded Counsellor”. Follow-up appointments are scheduled directly with Ms. Doyle.

About Tracey

Tracey’s work experiences include working with post-secondary students at a Toronto College and an adult population at a community hospital.  Her psychotherapeutic approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. 
She can provide short-term counselling for a wide range of concerns including:

– relationship problems
– self-esteem or body image concerns
– interpersonal issues
– depression
– anxiety
– other mental health challenges
– substance or alcohol use

SGS Counselors:

The School of Graduate Studies has two full-time counselors.
 

Call the Health & Wellness Centre
416-978-8030 option 5,
and they will set up an assessment for you.

Services

The School of Graduate Studies has two full-time counselors. They offer brief counselling services five days a week and bimonthly wellness workshops exclusively for graduate students. 

Free wellness workshops for grad students are also available twice monthly, register on the Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network web page

24/7
Phone-Based Counseling


 

Services

Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868
My SSP (North America Number): 1-844-451-9700,
Outside of North America: 001-416-380-6578
App: http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/myssp

**Note that My SSP is geared specifically towards international students but any U of T student can access it. U of T My SSP provides students with real-time and/or appointment-based confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost to you. You can call or chat with a counsellor directly from your phone whenever, wherever you are.

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 Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

Wellness Resources

City of Toronto Resources/General Resources

Emergencies

Services that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long indicated in red

External Counseling

Insurance Coverage

OHIP and UHIP: 

The services of Registered Social Workers, privately practicing psychologists, and psychotherapists are not covered by OHIP or UHIP. Therapy is covered when done by a medical professional such as an MD (like your family doctor) or a psychiatrist. To see a psychiatrist, you must be referred to one by your family doctor. Emergency Room and other inpatient and outpatient hospital services including visits for psychiatric care are 100% covered.

Supplementary Insurance through UTGSU (studentcare.ca): 

$500 per benefit year for the services of a Psychologist, Master of Social Work, or Psychotherapist. For details on submitting claims (getting your money!) see pages 18-19 of the Benefit Booklet.

Finding a therapist: 

https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/community-resource-sheets/psychotherapy-resources-camh-pdf.pdf?la=en&hash=AC016B277617D377CD21BBDDCEC4A63415C911A8

This CAMH document breaks down types of therapy, lists organizations and sites where you can search for therapists, and lists free or sliding scale resources in the GTA. It also lists hospital-based outpatient programs for mental health. Fees and insurance coverage are listed for each resource.

Community Organizations

If you’re in crisis

You may also access support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls by texting WELLNESS to:

  • 686868 for youth
  • 741741 for adults

For Indigenous:

Hope for Wellness Help Line Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.

Upcoming Events

June 2021

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