Mental Health Resources
Hearing from you – Supporting mental health in our community
The Department of Geography & Planning would like to hear from our community on ways in which we can better support mental health and well-being.
As part of this on-going commitment, we have installed a suggestion box in our mailroom (Rm. 5043, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 Saint George St.) Please feel free to provide any suggestions in this way.
**We are currently looking into alternative ways of providing feedback due to the pandemic. Please stay tuned.**
Finding Support – Mental Health Resources for Students
For immediate response:
Feeling distressed? Find someone to talk to right now – and if there is an immediate risk, call 911. Free 24/7 support is available outside the university. Students, staff and faculty can speak to a trained crisis worker at any hour of the day. 1-866-925-5454
My SSP for U of T Students 1-844-451-9700. Immediate counselling support is available in 35 languages and ongoing support in 146 languages.
Good 2 Talk Student Helpline 1-866-925-5454. Professional counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.
Gerstein Crisis Centre A 24-hour community based mental health crisis centre 416-929-5200
Distress Centres of Greater Toronto 416-408-HELP (4357)
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. Free for all students currently studying at University of Toronto.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 416-535-8501, offers services near campus at 250 College Street
For building a mental health toolkit, and finding your way around UofT resources:
UofT Mental Health Resource Page that includes services search engine and guide for building mental health toolkit.
Navi, a student mental health virtual agent to help navigate mental health support at UofT.
For graduate students specifically:
- Grad Minds – Mental Health Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU)
- Graduate Wellness Counselling
- Graduate Wellness Portal
- Graduate Resources & Supports
Health and Wellness Centres on all three campuses:
- Downtown Toronto: Health and Wellness Centre 416-978-8030
- U of T Scarborough: Health and Wellness Centre 416-287-7065
- U of T Mississauga: Health and Counselling Centre 905-828-5255
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Mental Health Resources for Faculty & Staff
Appointed faculty and staff have access to the Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP), offered through Homewood Health, online and by phone at 1-800-663-1142.
Supporting Others – Mental Health Training for Faculty & Staff
UofT online module in support of student mental health: https://iar.utoronto.ca/main/
Other Resources and Suggestions
These are some further resources and suggestions provided by our community for supporting mental health. These are not crisis supports. Not all of these will be the right choice for everyone, each one of us is different and we all require different forms of support and care.
Therapy and Support
BounceBack: Reclaim Your Health – a free skill-building program designed to help manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxietyy, stress or worry
Big White Wall – an online peer-to-peer support community, free for all Ontario residents
Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Peer Support Group – a respectful and safe space to discuss mental health challenges as they relate to the complex identities and experiences of racial minorities in Ontario
Umbrella Mental Health Network (UMHN) – offers psychology and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and families in the LGBTQ+ community
Hard Feelings – a community of professional counsellors who provide low-cost services and support, as well as a bookstore with resources to help build and sustain stronger mental health
Across Boundaries – provides a range of mental health support and services and works within Anti-Racism/Anti- Black racism and Anti-Oppression frameworks
Anishnawbe Health Toronto 416-360-0486 – the organization offers a healing centre for the Aboriginal Community of Toronto
Practice mindfulness to manage academic stress – free classes and workshops on campus
Projects and Resource Lists
The Icarus Project – a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness
Project LETS – Race-Specific Resources & Information
Eva’s #GetLoud – campaign about mental health for Black Canadians
Mental Health Passport – tools for reflecting on mental health and developing positive habits
Art and Social Media
Millennial Therapist –mental health tips from a practicing psychotherapist
The Sad Ghost Club – comics that provide knowledge and compassion for all those experiencing the different sides of mental health