wellness

Health and Wellness

We at the Department of Molecular Genetics care about our students' well-being. Moving away from home, a high workload, and the frustrations of undergrad and grad school can all be very challenging. Help is available! Have a look at the resources here that are available to you, and please reach out to let us know how we can further support you.

If you need immediate help, call 911!

UofT Mental and Physical Health Resources

The Health and Wellness Centre (HWC) at the Division of Student Life offers various mental and physical health services and programs including but not limited to: 

  • Booking clinician appointments, consultations, and immunization services; alongside necessary forms 

  • Information about different health insurance plans 

  • Dealing with imposter syndrome, stress, and exam/test anxiety 

  • Identify, Assist and Refer assessment 

You can access the Temerty Faculty of Medicine counselling services by contacting the HWC at 416-978-8030 (select option “5”), or go to Koffler Centre room 111, and ask to see a GLSE or Faculty of Medicine counsellor; or ask a faculty or staff member to refer you. The Division of Student Life also has other useful departments such as Accessibility Services, HousingGradlife, and Academic Success (workshops for grad writing, study hubs, exam prep etc.) 

A chat-based virtual agent that helps navigate mental health resources at U of T. Just input what you need help with, and the bot quickly provides direct links and contact information for resources.

Provides an easy-to-use webpage to find important general help/advice, resources and information for U of T graduate students (such as calendar, events, clubs, study areas, student spaces etc.)

Offers counselling for graduate students, alongside free workshops for improving mental health and healthy habits.  

Offers numerous mental health services, with 10 locations across Toronto. Has a specialized emergency psychiatric department on Queen Street W.

Offers confidential psychotherapy and psychological assessment and intervention services. Services are mostly conducted by graduate students undergoing clinical training under staff and faculty supervision. 

Provides a database of mental health services and relevant workshops (e.g.renting, financial aid, resume/cover letter) for all U of T students.


Other Important UofT Resources

On the campus police website, you can find community safety alerts, information on reporting incidents, where to find emergency phones on campus and more. St. George campus: 416-978-2222 

Helps with personal safety concerns, as well as offering self-defense workshops.  

Offers resources for those with family and caregiving obligations, such as childcare and babysitting services, eldercare, and family housing; also gives confidential appointments 

Provides locations and timings of fitness and sports centres and programs offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.  

Gives information about navigating through campus, parking locations and rates, EV charging stations, staff and student permits, bicycle lockers and racks, public transit etc.  

Provides a directory and information on libraries on campus and in UofT-affiliated hospitals; also offers study spacescopying/printing/scanning servicescomputer/WiFi access and available software 


Outside Mental Health Resources

Offers free 24/7 crisis services for adults living in Toronto via telephone support, mobile crisis team, referrals, and short-term follow-up support and crisis beds. Has interpreters for roughly 180 languages 
free, confidential phone counselling service for Ontario students. Includes professional counselling, and information or referrals for mental health. Also has a student support directory for social, academic, and other services.  
24/7 service that helps easily find local social, health, government, and community services for Ontario residents
Free 24/7, up-to-date information and referral service for mental health services in Ontario via phone, webchat or e-mail. Includes information about location, how to access and wait time length.  


COVID-19 Resources

Find COVID-19 assessment centres, pop-up testing facilities, mobile testing and pharmacies.
All members of our community who come onto U of T campuses or premises must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are required to upload proof of vaccination via UCheck.
Beginning this fall, rapid antigen screening will be mandatory for certain individuals who come to campus or live in residence.
Vaccination is the most important way that individuals can protect themselves against COVID-19 and is a critical component of the University of Toronto’s strategy to support a safe return to campus.


Safety and Mental Health Apps to Download

Offered by Campus Police and the Community Safety Office. This gives access to emergency contacts, police live-chat, real-time safety-related alerts, and more

Helps you navigate through campus and quickly search for locations such as wireless spots, parking, bike racks, subway stations, study spaces, student services, and accessibility

24 hours, free, real-time or appointment-based, confidential counselling service for support and advice about academic and personal/general life struggles 

Allows users to get access and get informed on student support services, resources, events, and conferences offered by the Division of Student Life

Official system for UofT to send important mass notifications and messages quickly to students, faculty, and staff through text and e-mail