Mental health affects us all. There is a growing need for support and services on campus and across the wider community. We recognize this need and that we can do more to support students, faculty and staff to find and maintain balance throughout work and studies.
Mental health and wellness continues to be an important focus of the Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health, established to review and improve the University's existing services and programs. As a Faculty, we have an important role to play in promoting mental well-being. Here, within Arts & Science, we are committed to building a stronger and healthier community, with a focus in two key areas:
- education and training around mental health—the resources available, and how to manage stress and support one another
- examining our academic policies and removing any undue pressure on students
We are always looking for areas that need improvement and ways we can make changes to benefit students and to help our community feel more connected and supported. For example, the Sidney Smith Commons houses learning strategists and student ambassadors, and offers programming to support student success and well-being, including managing stress.
Overview of our current initiatives:
The Faculty's Mental Health Advisory Committee engages in research and outreach to students, faculty and staff to understand the pressures on our mental health within the Arts & Science community – and to collaborate on the kinds of programs and initiatives that we should offer as a Faculty.
Training & Education
The Faculty runs a series of mental health literacy workshops for units and offers free safeTALK suicide alertness workshops for everyone in Arts & Science. Learn more about training opportunities and register for upcoming sessions.
Mental Health & Wellness Conference
Members of our community are invited to the annual Minds Redefined Conference to hear from experts and advocates in the field, develop wellness strategies, explore campus and community resources, and engage in discussions that showcase research, lived experiences and diverse voices. Join us in September 2020 – details will be announced soon.