Department of Anesthesia, St. Michael’s Hospital
Mental health of university students,
Anemia, tissue hypoxia, and alternative treatments to blood transfusions
Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto
Timely Project – Providing U of T students with timely access to professional mental health support
According to the 2016 National College Health Assessment, a national survey conducted by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, one fifth of post-secondary students are battling depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. The University of Toronto (UofT) has also seen more students each year requiring assistance with emotional experiences related to stress and anxiety at the Health & Wellness Centre (HWC). HWC is UofT’s clinic and serves more than 55,000 students, and provides a single entry point for access to all primary health care, counselling, psychological services, and health education. Although the HWC has made tremendous efforts to support students through the integration of health services and providing a range of workshops and outreach programs, timely student access to professional mental health support remains to be less than ideal.
Objectives: The purpose of our project is to improve the timely access to mental health care for UofT students by identifying gaps in the delivery of services at HWC through focus groups with the clinic staff and students, in addition to co-designing potential concepts to address this unmet need through co-creation.
Tiffanie Kei, Cheryl Tsui, Gurpreet Kamboj, & Jung Ye (Lily)