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. You can also contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Barbara Langlois (barbara.langlois@utoronto.ca) if you need help registering with Accessibility Services.

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.

The University of Toronto Graduate Students Union also provides ‘Graduate Counseling Services’ through which students can book appointments with a Wellness Counselor. The focus of the counseling is on strengths, resiliency, and skills building. To book an appointment please contact the Health and Wellness Center or School of Graduate Studies (https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Graduate-Counselling-Services.aspx).

Main Office

Health & Wellness
214 College Street, Second Floor, Room 232
Koffler Student Services Centre, M5T 2Z9
Phone: 416-978-8030 to schedule a Monday to Friday appointment

SGS Office

Graduate Students' Health & Wellness  
63 St. George Street, Room 207a
School of Graduate Studies
Phone: 416-978-8030 to schedule a Monday to Friday appointment

Moreover, the Health and Wellness Center offers a diverse set of workshops that are open to all students. These workshops include:

(a) Better breath

"For breath is life, so if you breathe well you will live long on earth."– Sanskrit proverb

Learn about the many benefits of incorporating more restorative breath, try new techniques for relaxation and muscle tension reduction, and learn new tips for making time to breathe.  

(b) Better sleep

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for everything.  - Irish proverb

Are you feeling too busy or stressed to sleep properly?

Come learn more about what you can do to improve your sleep and feel more rested and refreshed.

(c) Better coping skills

If you're having trouble coping with the demands of university life - or even regular everyday situations - this series of workshops can help you build the skills you need to thrive. 

The Health and Wellness Center in conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies offers additional workshops designed for graduate students that will help you develop your coping skills so that you can better meet the demands of university, work and your personal life.

For more information, please visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

Registration: Registration for the SGS workshops can be done by calling the Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 or contacting your intake counsellor/clinician. Registration is limited to 20 participants, so register early! If you have accommodation needs, please advise during registration.

(d) Grief support sharing circle

Everyone grieves in his or her own unique way. When someone you love dies, you may feel angry, isolated, sad, guilty and lonely. The grief support sharing circle is an informal drop-in mutual support group for students who have experienced a death, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief. The group is comprised of undergraduate, graduate, PhD and post-doc students with mixed types of loss.

(e) Mindfulness

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Learn how to relax and focus in the midst of daily stress. Experience the health benefits of mindfulness through one of our workshops or drop-in sessions on campus.

(f) Keep Calm and Network On

Are you finding yourself getting anxious before networking events?

This workshop will review best practices to help you manage your anxiety.

(g) safeTALK - Suicide alertness for everyone

SafeTALK is a 3-hour training workshop designed to ensure that people with thoughts of suicide are connected to helpers who are prepared to provide first aid interventions. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the whole training. The training is offered throughout the year and is free for all students currently studying at University of Toronto.

To learn more about safeTALK, the schedule of workshops for 2017-18 and to register: safeTALK.

University of Toronto Graduate Student’s Union health and benefit plan

Additionally, the University of Toronto Graduate Student’s Union provides a health and benefit plan that partially covers appointments with Psychologists or Masters of Social Work individuals (http://www.studentcare.ca/RTEContent/Document/EN/Miscellaneous/UTGSU_benefit_booklet.pdf).

Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC)

Support for graduate students is provided by G2G Peer Advisors (G2G = grad-to-grad). You can connect confidentially with these trained Advisors and talk about options and strategies for addressing a concern, and university supports and resources. G2G do not intervene or advocate – they listen and help you to navigate your own way forward

Community Counselling & Support Services

(i) Counselling and peer 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/

Services through MAP are confidential and available to all graduate students free of charge (lawyers, paralegals and law students are covered).

(ii) Crisis Support Services

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 counseling and support resources available to GPLLM students at the University or in the wider community, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Barbara Langlois at barbara.langlois@utoronto.ca or Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs, Emily Orchard at emily.orchard@utoronto.ca or 416-978-6702.