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Mental health is a serious problem in most graduate student populations (you can find some “light” reading on this here). If you feel like you are struggling you can take steps to mitigate this with some of the following resources. However, most of the resources listed will take some time to locate, organize and get appointments for. In the meantime it might be beneficial to:
- Inform your supervisor, graduate program director and/or graduate coordinator that you are struggling
- Talk to your lab mates or other graduate students (try coming to grad events if you are new and don’t yet have a social circle)
- Inform the professor that you are TAing for
The reality is: This can be a long and complicated process, but it is worth trying to tackle it.
Resources on Campus:
- You can make an appointment with a councellor on campus by filling out the online form here. They will contact you (you can specify by email or phone to make an appointment). All of the councelling sessions are confidential. Waiting times for a first appointment are between 3 weeks (in summer) and 2 months (the rest of the year).
- You can make an appointment with a doctor at the campus health centre. They are also a first point of contact for mental health issues not only if you think you might require medication. The waiting time is between 1 and 2 days.
- There is a CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) program on campus with a phsychologist. This can be very beneficial for example for anxiety related problems. You can sign up for it through a referral from a doctor at the Campus Health Centre. This is covered by OHIP/UHIP. The waiting time is between 5 and 8 weeks.
- Support Groups lead by Student Life Councellors
- If this is a matter of discrimination and/or harrassment you can contact email@example.com. This is a confidential service!
- Website of the mental health services of Student Life.
Resources off campus
- You can see a psychologist at the Oshawa Psychological and Councelling Services for 5 sessions. The SU insurance will cover 80% of those 5 appointments.
- The Oshawa Psychological and Councelling Services also offers a low-fee councelling program here.
- Mental health treatment can be given through one of the programs of Ontario Shores. Ask your doctor for details/a referral. This is covered by OHIP/UHIP.
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