Are you in a crisis?
Find a support line here, or call the Student Life Line at (905) 721-3392, Monday to Friday (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Mental health is a serious problem in most graduate student populations. 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.
- Book an appointment with a counsellor on campus by filling out the online form here. They will contact you by e-mail or phone to book an appointment. All of the counselling sessions are confidential. Waiting times for a first appointment are between 3 weeks in summer and 2 months for the school year.
- Book 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 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program on campus with a psychologist. 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 and it is covered by both OHIP and UHIP. The waiting time is between 5 and 8 weeks.
- Support Groups lead by Student Life counsellors
- If this is a matter of discrimination and/or harassment, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a confidential service!
- Website of the mental health services of Student Life.
- You can see a psychologist at the Oshawa Psychological and Counselling Services. Your Student Union health plan will cover 80% of the first 5 sessions.
- The Oshawa Psychological and Counselling Services also offers a low-fee counselling program here.
- Mental health treatment can be provided through one of the programs of Ontario Shores. Ask your doctor for details or a referral. This is covered by both OHIP and UHIP.
Do you know of any other resources that are not listed here? Please let us know about them at email@example.com.