Student Health and Wellness
University of Toronto and the Faculty of Medicine is committed to ensuring that our students are supported and academically thrive while engaged in their graduate training. The university has established a framework on how to approach mental health among our student population. As Vice Dean of Graduate and Academic Affairs, I am pleased to announce that effective Fall 2018, the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine will have two dedicated on-location counsellors available exclusively to our graduate students.
1) LAURIE COLEMAN (MSW, RSW) Wellness Counsellor and Coordinator at Health and Wellness, Student Life. Since 2011, she has been part of the on-location mental health team. She provides service Mondays – Thursdays, 9am – 5pm, at 500 University Ave. She also co-leads the Grief Support Sharing Circle, Mindful Eating: Food & Mood, and Mindful Moments on campus.
2) HEIDI CHO (MSW, RSW) Wellness Counsellor and Coordinator at Health and Wellness, Student Life. Part of the on-location mental health team, she provides service for GLSE/SGS students on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 9am-5pm.
The on-location service is a brief counselling service that aims to connect students with a counsellor in a timely fashion in order to get the support that they need. The counsellors are trained to provide personally tailored treatment specific to what you’re experiencing. The on-location counsellors are also familiar with other campus and community supports and can help you find and connect with other supports, if needed. Many students find it helpful to meet with a counsellor to have a space to talk about these issues and to obtain professional support in managing them.
How to make an appointment
To schedule your first appointment with a counsellor, please contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 (select option “5”) or drop by Health and Wellness at the Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 111, and ask to book a time with a GLSE (i.e. Faculty of Medicine) counsellor. Follow-up appointments can be scheduled directly with your counsellor.
Alternatively, you can also ask faculty or staff to refer you to these services