Whether you are a student or employee, U of T offers a multitude of services to help you de-stress, confront personal issues, and to raise awareness and support of mental health initiatives in the U of T community.
The Office of Student Life provides many resources for those in distress and in need of support. Their services include (but are not limited to) helping students address financial, academic, and housing matters, in addition to other personal concerns which can be difficult to tackle alone.
For more information, please visit: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/feeling-distressed
Workshops covering everything from addressing difficulties with sleep, developing effective coping skills, as well as learning about mindful eating and physical activity are available. To learn how you can participate, please visit: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc/workshops
The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to employees of the University of Toronto who are eligible to participate in the University’s group benefit programs, and their dependants: spouses, partners (including same-sex partners) and dependent children. This program is provided at no cost to you. Their services include:
Child and eldercare resource locators
Employees also have access to various wellness workshops though the HR and Equity office. Click here to view upcoming events and workshops.
Learn to recognize when support is needed:
Students have access to SafeTalk: Suicide Alertness for Everyone training through the Office of Student Life. SafeTALK is a 3-hour training designed to ensure that people with thoughts of suicide are connected to helpers who are prepared to provide first-aid interventions.
As part of the University of Toronto’s commitment to create a suicide-safer community on campus, the Student and Campus Community Development Office is offering safeTALK workshops to students throughout the year in collaboration with Health & Wellness.
Identify, Assist, Refer
The university also offers an online IAR training module available to staff, faculty, volunteers and students to help strengthen the U of T community’s awareness and understanding of how to recognize and support mental health struggles.
For those who wish to learn more about how mental health efforts are being informed at the university, please see the Provostial Advisory Committee’s 22 recommendations on mental health at U of T.