Law School Counselling & Support Resources

Personal Counselling Services

  • Law students are able to access counselling appointments at the Faculty of Law through the Manager, Academic/Personal Counselling & Wellness. Short-term counselling support for issues ranging from academic stress, anxiety, depression, substance use, personal loss and relationships are available. The counsellor can also provide information and referrals for University-based supports as well as longer term community-based resources.
  • If you would like to discuss your experience of health and wellness at the law school, or have specific questions relating to the Faculty of Law Mental Health Strategic Plan, please contact the Manager, Academic/Personal Counselling & Wellness.

 Please note that personal counselling services at the law school are provided on an assessment and triage model. All students requesting services are offered an initial assessment appointment and together with the counsellor a support plan will be developed. 

 Appointments can be booked directly with the Manager, Academic/Personal Counselling & Wellness, Yukimi Henry, at yukimi.henry@utoronto.ca or 416-978-6658.

Peer Mentorship Program

 The Peer Mentorship Program (PMP) matches incoming 1L students with upper-year mentors who provide confidential peer resources, and hopefully, new friendships! Upper year mentors can provide guidance and advice on academics, extra-curricular activities, school-life balance, and the law school scene. Mentors and mentees meet at least twice per semester to speak candidly about their law school experiences. Mentors are available throughout the year for further meetings and support, telephone and email chats.

 For more information about the Peer Mentorship Program please email utlawmentors@gmail.com.

 

University of Toronto Counselling & Support Services

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services supports students with permanent and temporary disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of university life. To access the services please contact Accessibility Services to meet with an Advisor to discuss individual needs, accommodations and strategies for success: http://studentlife.utoronto.ca/accessibility, 416-978-8060, TDD 416-978-1902.

Health & Wellness Centre

 The Health & Wellness Centre on St. George Campus offers a full range of physical and mental health services, including psychotherapy, group counselling, assault counselling, psychiatric services and pharmacotherapy. See the U of T Health & Wellness website for more information: http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc

 Students can book appointments through web access: https://my.healthandwellness.utoronto.ca/login.html, by phone: 416-978-8030, or drop-in on a limited basis.

 

Community Counselling & Support Services

Counselling and peer support services specifically geared to the legal community are available through the following services:

  • The Member Assistance Program (MAP) through the Law Society of Upper Canada offers counselling services and a legal professionals peer support network: http://www.lsuc.on.ca/map/
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers is a division of the Ontario Lawyers Assistance Program that provides confidential peer support to members of the legal community that are struggling with mental health challenges: http://lawyershelpinglawyers.ca/

Services through both the MAP and Lawyers Helping Lawyers are confidential and available to law students free of charge.

 

Crisis Support Services are available 24/7 and free of charge and confidentially from a variety of organizations in Toronto, including:

  • Good2Talk: Telephone support line for post-secondary students, 1-866-925-5454.
  • Toronto Distress Centre: Telephone crisis and support line, 416-408-HELP (4357).
  • Gerstein Centre: Crisis telephone support line and Mobile Crisis Team, 416-929-5200.
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: Telephone crisis line and support referrals, 416-863-0511, text to #SAFE (7233).
  • Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Crisis line/support service for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted, or abused, 416-597-8808.
  • Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Care Centre: Comprehensive service that assists women, men, and trans people who are victims / survivors of sexual assault and domestic / intimate partner violence, 416-323-6040.

 

For more information on counselling and support resources at the law school, the University, and wider community please speak with the Manager, Academic/Personal Counselling & Wellness, Yukimi Henry, at yukimi.henry@utoronto.ca or 416-978-6658.