Law School Support Resources

On-Location Student Mental Health Counsellor

Our on-location Student Mental Health Counsellor offers confidential, short-term 1:1 psychotherapy and counselling on a range of issues including adjustment and transition issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, etc. to law students Mon/Tue/Wed.

To explore counselling options, call the Health & Wellness Centre at 416.978.8030 (select option “5”) and indicate your interest in receiving counselling at the Faculty of Law. Your initial appointment will include an assessment by a professional and you will be directed to the service that is right for you.

Student Mental Health and Wellness Manager

The Student Mental Health and Wellness Manager develops activities and programming to support a culture of wellness at the law school, including mindfulness training, wellness workshops and links to physical activity opportunities that engage students, faculty and staff. He is also available to assist students in connecting to programs and services across the university and in the community that might be a fit for their mental health and wellness needs.

On-Location Accessibility Advisor

Accessibility Services collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to provide individualized accommodations that meet the needs of registered students with disabilities while maintaining academic integrity. Academic accommodations may include access to peer notes, additional time to complete assignments, missing a class for medical reasons, access to adaptive furniture and/or technology, sign language interpretation, computerized note-taking, real-time captioning, and testing accommodations. To register and request academic accommodations, please visit the Accessibility Services website: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/department/accessibility-services/ Questions about the registration process may be directed to 416-978-8060 or accessibility.services@utoronto.ca

Our on-location Accessibility Advisor works one-on-one with registered students to help them access disability-related accommodations while maintaining privacy and confidentiality.

Peer Mental Health Support Program

 The Peer Mental Health Support Program (PMHSP) matches students with upper-year mentors who have lived experiences of mental health. The PMHSP supports students through the challenging transitions associated with entering law school, and offers an avenue for building a sense of community, connections, experiential knowledge, ensuring increased levels of health, well-being, quality of life, and resilience. Mentors are trained to develop skills and tools around university supports, services, and establishing safety nets for mentees to rely on. 

 For more information about the Peer Mental Health Support Program, please e-mail PMHSPlaw@gmail.com.

 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

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 by phone at 416-978-8030.

Should you have any general inquiries, you may e-mail them at healthask@mail.studentlife.utoronto.ca

 

My Student Support Program (MySSP)

My Student Support Program (MySSP) provides UofT students with immediate and/or ongoing confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health and general life concern at no cost to students. You can call and chat with a counsellor directly from your phone. Students who use MySPP still have access to mental health services on campus; MySPP is an additional support service.

Download the MySPP app from the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can also access the service by calling 24/7 1-844-451-9700. Outside Canada call 001-416-380-6578.

Student Health and Dental Plan

All University of Toronto students are eligible for extended health benefits under the University of Toronto Student Union Health and Dental Plan. Students are automatically enrolled in the plan which is covered by supplemental student fees, unless the individual student opts out of the coverage. Students enrolled in the JD program are eligible for coverage as "undergraduate students" under the UTSU Plan. The plan covers a range of supplemental health services not covered by OHIP or other provincial health plans, including counselling services. Students may access mental health counselling services through a community-based service provider such as a registered psychologist or social worker and submit paid receipts for reimbursement through UTSU. More information about coverage and the claims process can be found here: https://www.utsu.ca/health/

Other U of T Supports

Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office https://antiracism.utoronto.ca/

Community Safety Office https://www.communitysafety.utoronto.ca/

Family Care Office https://familycare.utoronto.ca/

First Nations House https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/department/first-nations-house/

Multi-Faith Centre https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/department/multi-faith-centre-for-spiritual-study-practice/

Sexual & Gender Diversity Office https://sgdo.utoronto.ca/

Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre https://www.svpscentre.utoronto.ca/

 

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)

 MAP through the Law Society of Upper Canada offers counselling services and a legal professionals peer support network. 

 The MAP is offered to all lawyers, paralegals, and law Students, as well as their family members.

 You can access MAP to register or log into the Member Services Area. The Member Services Area offers resources, programs, and information on health and wellness.

 MAP also offers a variety of different services, such as counselling, coaching, online resources, and peer volunteers. Members can get professional help with issues related to addictions, mental, or physical health, work-life balance, career, family, and more.

 Counselling with MAP is offered in-person, online, or by telephone. Online counselling can involve either a live, real time chat with a counsellor, or an e-mail exchange. All counselling offered is confidential.
 For Online Counselling, registration can be done online, Or by phone at 1-855-403-8922

 MAP also offers a “Health and Wellness Companion” in their Member Services Area, which is a self-guided program with the goal of creating a personal plan of action to improve your health. It involves Self Assessment tools like Health Risk Assessments.

 The Member Services Area contains a health library: a library of articles and resources on improving health and wellness. And, MAP provides resources for finding Child care or Elder care providers in Canada.

 If you have any questions or inquiries you can call them at 1-855-403-8922. Services through the MAP are confidential and available to law students free of charge.

Community Counselling

Across Boundaries provides equitable, inclusive and holistic mental health and addiction services for racialized communities within anti-racism, anti-Black racism and anti-oppression frameworks.

CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital providing assessment, brief intervention, inpatient programs, continuing care, outpatient services and family support for a wide range of challenges to patients of all ages.

Hong Fook Mental Health Association provides a continuum of services ranging from treatment of illness, stigma reduction to promotion of wellness primarily to Asian communities.

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.
  • Community Crisis Line Scarborough and Rouge Hospital: 416 495-2891 for 24/7 telephone crisis support. (Service borders: south to the lake, north to Steeles Avenue, east to Port Union Road, and west to Victoria Park)
  • Durham Crisis and Mental Health Line: 905 666-0483
  • Oakville Distress Centre: 905 849-4541 for residents of Halton Region (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville)