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, Yukimi Henry.

 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 by filling in the Client Record Form and submitting it by e-mail to wellness.law@utoronto.ca

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.

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 yukimi.henry@utoronto.ca.

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 by phone at 416-978-8030, using the Electronic Medical Records System’s Online Booking System, or by drop-in on a limited basis.

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

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 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.