Resources for current students

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24/7 support

You can access U of T My Student Support Program (U of T My SSP) 24/7 by calling 1-844-451-9700. Outside of North America, call 001-416-380-6578.

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. Web option is also available at MySSP.app.

More resources are available at: Support when you feel distressed – UofT Student Life (utoronto.ca) 

NAVI – Mental health wayfinder 

Navi is an anonymous tool that provides you with information to help you navigate the University of Toronto’s mental health resources and make decisions about seeking appropriate supports. You can also find a directory of mental health support and services here: Find Support and Services – Student Mental Health Resource (utoronto.ca) 

On-location counselling 

The University of Toronto and the Temerty Faculty of Medicine are committed to ensuring students are supported and academically thrive while engaged in their graduate training. The Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education (GLSE) in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine has two dedicated on-location counsellors available exclusively to Temerty Faculty of Medicine graduate students. The TFOM Counsellors will offer brief counselling services tailored to the challenges presented by graduate-level university life. The focus of counselling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills-building.

To schedule an appointment with a counsellor, students should contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 (select option “5”) or drop by Health and Wellness at the Koffler Student Services Centre, (Room 111) and ask to book a time with a GLSE (i.e. Temerty Faculty of Medicine) counsellor. Follow-up appointments can be scheduled directly with a counsellor.

 

Health and wellness support 

Health and wellness – School of Graduate Studies

The School of Graduate Studies has a Wellness Portal that includes a directory of resources by campus, category (academic support, accessibility, health and dental, mental health, safety, international students, faith and spirituality, family and recreational) and language/accessibility.

Health and wellness workshops

There are other resources available to students, including workshops offered through the Office of Student Life. Topics include better-coping skills, mindfulness, grief support groups, sexual health information, suicide alertness training, better sleeping, and more.

SGS Mental Health Working Group  

Led by Vice-Dean, Students Dr. Charmaine Williams, the SGS Mental Health Working Group will develop an SGS Mental Health Strategy. Updates on this process and its outcomes will be posted in future editions of Gradschool e-news. 

Grad Minds 

Grad Minds is part of the U of T Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) and provides mental health-related resources and services to students, advocates for graduate students’ mental health, and creates partnerships in the community. 

Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice  

The Multi-Faith Centre supports the spiritual well-being of students, staff and faculty through interfaith dialogue and other activities that help to increase our understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices. 

Mindful Moments 

Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and environment through mindfulness can help you increase your relaxation and resiliency. 

Sports & Rec  

Sport & Rec offers sport and physical activity programs to the University of Toronto community. Our dynamic range of programs will help you get active in whatever way works best for your body, no matter your skill level or history of participation. 

OISE Psychology Clinic  

Provides comprehensive assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents, and assessment and counselling services to adults. Services typically provided by students doing their clinical training under supervision.   

Health and Wellness Centre 

Confidential, student-centred health care services available to all full- and part-time students who possess a valid TCard and have provincial health insurance coverage (e.g. OHIP) or UHIP for international students. 

U of T mental health website 

Looking for mental health services, resources, or academic supports? This website can help point you in the right direction. 

Graduate wellness services

The School of Graduate Studies and the Division of Student Life have partnered to provide embedded wellness counselling and wellness workshops specifically for graduate students.  

Equity partners

The TRP aims to create an environment where all people should feel safe to express themselves, provide feedback, and participate in all activities. We gain strength from diversity and actively seek participation from those who enhance it. The following Equity Partners offer support, resources, and guidance on equity-related issues: 

Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) 

Provides training and education, policy expertise, events and programs, dialogue facilitation, and other services in support of equity, diversity and inclusivity at the University.   

Centre for Women and Trans People 

This safe drop-in space for all women and trans people on campus provides free support, referrals, resources and advocacy through workshops, events, services and programming. 

Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre 

This tri-campus resource enables students who have been affected by sexual violence to receive support and information and, if they choose, make a report to the University.   

Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) 

SGDO offers a wide variety of programs and supports for students, including the annual Lead with Pride conference, Queer Orientation and the LGBTQ International Student Group.   

Community Safety Office 

The Community Safety Office is a University of Toronto Equity Office and Tri-Campus service that offers short-term support and assistance to students, staff, and faculty members of the University of Toronto community who have experienced personal safety concerns 

Family Care Office 

Find on- and off-campus childcare services, and access confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming and advocacy on family-related issues. 

Other resources

International students

The Centre for International Experience is the place for international students on the St. George Campus to sign up for medical insurance (University Health Insurance Plan), apply for off-campus work permits, seek advice and mentorship, and much more.

Accessibility services

Accessibility Services provides students with a network of resources to succeed at the University of Toronto, both inside and outside the classroom. The centre strives to create a safe and comfortable community for students where they can navigate their disability and related barriers, facilitate peer support and interactions, and provide various academic and social opportunities.

Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada. There are 44 libraries located throughout the three university campuses. Robarts Library is the largest library in the university, but the Gerstein Science Information Centre is the main library for health science disciplines. The digital library system is also quite expansive.

Career and co-curricular learning network (CLNx)

CLNx is a university resource for on and off-campus employment, recruitment events, career counselling, and more. Students are encouraged to visit the CLNx website and login with their UTORid. CLN is a community that connects students and recent graduates of the University of Toronto with internal and external partners interested in their
career success.

Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

GCAC provides graduate students with free advanced training in academic writing and speaking. GCAC offers five types of support designed to target the needs of both native and non-native speakers of English. Such as non-credit courses, single-session workshops, individual writing consultations, writing intensives, and a list of additional resources for academic writing and speaking.

Career exploration and education

The Career Exploration and Education offers various services to students and recent graduates. Students may schedule appointments for one-on-one career advising, resume consultations, or even LinkedIn profile reviews.

University of Toronto Graduate Student’s union (UTGSU)

The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) represents over 18,000 students studying in over 80 departments across all University of Toronto campuses. They advocate for increased graduate student representation and act as a voice for students at the University, Provincial, and National levels. The UTGSU engages Members through community-building events and campaigns often organized through our various Committees and Caucuses. They also offer a variety of services including, but not limited to health and dental insurance, confidential advice, advocacy support, various grants and bursaries, and access to gym and event space.

Hart House

Hart House is a social hub for University of Toronto students. Hart House has athletic facilities and clubs and hosts social events throughout the year. All students are members of the Hart House community and can register for their events. A portion of student fees goes towards a gym membership, which includes access to Hart House’s facilities. Personal training and registration for specific fitness classes are available all year round.