Health and Wellness
In crisis, visit the closest Emergency Room or call 911
Free, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern
Health and wellness resources available at U of T
Mental health resources available at U of T
Confidential support services for post-secondary students
A virtual agent to help you find the mental health resources you need
|Dr. Michelle Arnot
Pharmacology & Toxicology Associate Chair, Undergraduate Education
Dr. Peter McPherson
Services offered by the U of T Colleges
Online Mental Health Resources
An anonymous chat-based service that acts as a virtual assistant for students wanting to learn more about the mental health supports available to them at the University of Toronto.
U of T Safety & Support
Compilation of on- or near-campus resources for crises related to mental health, personal safety, or sexual violence/harassment.
Identify, Assist, Refer Training
Online training module that provides useful tools and strategies to help peers that are experiencing mental health problems.
University of Toronto Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre
A support for students, staff, and faculty at the University of Toronto who have been affected by sexual violence or sexual harassment.
More Feet on the Ground
Online training resource created by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health that provides useful tools and strategies to help yourself and peers when experiencing mental health problems.
A mobile app to help young adults make decisions about seeking help in crises. Allows users to create a digital safety plan, informs users about local resources, directs users to the options for their needs, and empowers users to reach out safely.
An app designed to help users incorporate mindfulness and meditation sessions into their daily lives.
A database of community resources.
Check Up from the Neck Up
A simple mental health check-up to identify some symptoms of common mood disorders. Provides general information on mood disorders and resources to help yourself, family members, or friends.
Search engine for local mental health resources.
Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency since 1967.
Resources compiled to help support parents, caregivers and mental health professionals during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Additional Resources for Graduate Students
My SSP: My Student Support Program
This service is offered to U of T students with immediate and/or ongoing concerns. It is a free, confidential and 24-hour tool where students can chat with counsellors over the phone or through text. This support is available to all U of T students and can be delivered in various different languages to better support international and ESL students.
Psychological services (Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Drop-In Services) are provided by graduate students under the supervision of registered psychologists. Services are limited by the availability of psychological services students during the school year (there is more availability in the fall term). This is a better resource for short-long term use.
Free Walk-In Counselling Services:
Community walk-in counselling services available for free to everyone. There are many different locations where students can walk-in and receive counselling on the same day. These resources are good for immediate/pressing concerns.
Graduate students can receive up to $500 in coverage with UTSGU Health & Dental insurance
This is an online tool available to anyone that can help students find and connect with a therapist of their choice tailored to their specific needs and preferences. This app also helps students connect with therapists that can help them sort out coverage and insurance policies. This is a better resource for long term use.
Additional Resources for Graduate Students:
School of Graduate Studies Embedded Counsellors (free)
Book an appointment for counselling by phone (416-978-8030, Ext. 5) or walk-in at 214 College Street, Room 111
The School of Graduate Studies has Embedded Counsellors available to graduate students. These counsellors are focused on: helping students on a short term basis (~6 sessions), and connecting them with community support.
24-hour access to anonymous support (unless otherwise noted)
Gerstein Center Mental Health Crisis Line: 416-929-5200
Provides free, voluntary, and confidential crisis intervention service over the phone and in-person for adults living in the City of Toronto. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Good2Talk Helpline: 1-866-925-5454
A free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Toronto Distress Centre Hotline: 416-408-HELP (4357)
Offers 24/7 emotional support, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and linkage to emergency help when necessary. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Available 24/7 for phone calls to help individuals thinking of suicide or worried about a potentially suicidal loved one. Also available from 4pm to 12am ET via text at 45645.
Canada Suicide Prevention Service - 1-833-456-4566 or Text 45645
Offers free 24/7 highly trained responders to support to anyone worried about someone who may be having suicidal thoughts, or having suicidal thoughts themselves.
Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 416-863-0511
Provides free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week anonymous crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals via telephone to women in up to 200 languages.
My SSP for International Students: 1-844-451-9700 or use My SSP app
“My Student Support Program” or My SSP, provides University of Toronto students with immediate and/or ongoing confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost.
Anishnawbe Health Mental Health Crisis Line for Aboriginal students: 1-855-242-3310
Provides 24-hour access to crisis support for First Nations and Inuit individuals in mental health crisis.
Ontario Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603
Provides info about drug and alcohol addiction services in Ontario; listens & provides strategies to meet goals; basic education about drug and alcohol addiction. Confidential, free, 24-hour access
Provides Ontario health services info for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness, and/or gambling. Confidential, free, 24-hour access
Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-230-3505
Provides information about problem gambling counselling services in Ontario and online tools for gamblers or their friends and family. Free, 24-hour access
Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Care Centre: 416-323-6040
Office phone number for the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital. Can schedule appointments for medical assessment & treatment, psychological support, counselling, medical & legal evidence, and safety planning. Confidential, free, 24-hour access
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: 416-597-8808
Abuse and assault crisis line for Toronto area. Counsellors will listen; discuss coping strategies and safety plans; and can provide referrals to legal, medical, immigration, and counseling services. Confidential, free, 24-hour access
LGBTQ Youthline: 1-800-268-9688
Peer support line for LGBTQ+ youth (29 and under). Provides support and referrals, training to support other youth, and resource information. Confidential, free, answered Sun-Fri 4-9pm
Distress Centres of Greater Toronto - Peel: 905-459-7777 (Phone) 905-278-4890 (TTY)
Provides emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention, intervention & postvention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to at risk and vulnerable individuals in Peel Region.
Scarborough Health Network - Community Crisis Line: 416-495-2891
Provides professional crisis de-escalation, support and safety and crisis planning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for adults 16+ in Scarborough and East York who are experiencing mental health symptoms, including feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiety. Mental health assessments, referrals to community resources, brief psychotherapies and community visits are also available.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 686868 in Canada
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text.
Kids Help Phone 101: 1-800-668-6868
Offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French 24/7.
Strides Toronto: 416-438-3697/416-321-5464
Focused on strengthening social and emotional well-being of clients, move forward through adversity and develop their abilities and skills to reach their full potential. Service available Mon-Thurs 9AM-8PM and Fri 9AM-5PM.
Toronto Senior Helpline: 416-217-2077
Single point of access for seniors and caregivers to receive information and access to community, home, and crisis services. Interpretation services available in over 100 languages through a phone interpretation service. Open 365 days/year from 9AM-8PM Mon to Fri and from 10AM-6PM on weekends and holidays.
Resources for Faculty and Staff
Kits to Support Student Mental Health
Resources to help faculty understand and support student mental wellness.
Resources from NIH's Train the Trainer sessions on mentoring trainees.
Employee and Family Assistance Program
Confidential short-term counselling, coaching, information, and support for all types of issues relating to mental health, health management, and achieving greater personal and workplace well-being.