Virtual Mental Health Supports

Undertaking a degree program is an intense and transitional period in your life, and the added stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic have created unprecedented challenges. We’re aware of the many demands, changes, pressures and conditions that may be affecting your day-to-day health and wellness. Supporting mental health and student wellness remains a top priority at Schulich and York University. 

Here are some resources and reminders you may find helpful during this time: 

YorkU Counselling Services

Student Counselling & Development services continue to be provided through a confidential telephone/video counselling platform, with priority for crisis support. Students can access confidential single session/crisis and/or emergency support by calling 416-736-5297. The telephone line is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SCLD: COVID-19 Wellbeing Resources

To support students in the transition to online learning, YorkU’s Student Community and Leadership Development team is maintaining a curated list of resources on student wellbeing and success. From academic and studying support, to virtual chats and Netflix parties, to online workouts and home-office hacks – this webpage has you covered! Be sure to check out the Emotional Wellbeing section which includes a variety of virtual campus and non-campus supports.

Mental Health Steering Committee

York University’s Mental Health Steering committee  advocates for the belief that wellness is a necessity for learning and growth. The committee and campus-wide goal is to promote a healthy, inclusive environment that supports a healthy York community. 

The YorkU Mental Health Steering committee has many community resources linked to its site, making it easy to stay informed and involved! The website is an important bookmark and has useful immediate references, especially in the event that you, or someone you know needs help right now. 

Wellness Together Canada Portal

This mental health portal provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed. Anyone can create an account and answer a series of questions to guide you in choosing from a variety of tools to support your wellbeing. 

Virtual HelpLines

BounceBack is a guided self-help tool managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). This skill-building program is designed for adults and youth aged 15 and over, with online videos and phone coaching support.

Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline for people aged 17-25, where you can access professional counseling and referrals in support of mental health, recovery and well-being. The helpline is available to all young people in Ontario, 24 hours a day.

Residents may also access the Ontario General Mental Health Helpline, available via telephone, e-mail and live web chat. All details are available on the Province of Ontario Mental Health Support webpage.

As always, you can connect 1-1 with your academic advisor for questions about enrolment and your success in the program.