Michener’s Coaching and Counselling Office offers free confidential, professional and caring support for a wide variety of life’s stresses:
- Get support for relationship and sexual identity issues
- Tackle misuse of alcohol, drugs or other addictions
- Manage cultural adjustment and discrimination
- Manage trauma, depression and anxiety
- Get support for school and life stress
- Cope with grief and loss
By phone: 416-596-3101 ext. 3468
The Coaching and Counselling Office is open during the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. Hours vary from Monday to Friday, contact us to request an appointment or if you would like more information about our services.
By phone: 416-596-3101 ext. 3468
24/7 Crisis Support
Immediate crisis counselling and intervention:
- The Gerstein Centre – Phone: 416-929-5200
- The Distress Centre – Help Line: 416-408-4357 (HELP). There is also text and chat support available.
- Good2Talk – Hotline: 1-866-925-5454 (specifically for post-secondary students)
Walk-In Counselling (no appointment needed):
There are a number of clinics that offer walk-in counselling in the GTA. Call 211 to find the one nearest you and the hours/days available.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Letter to Students from the Coaching and Counselling Office
Dear first year and returning students,
We all have our mental health journeys.
The world has changed: suddenly and radically and for the foreseeable future. The global pandemic has affected our personal and academic lives, careers or jobs in some ways. We may also be worried about ourselves and our loved ones getting sick. Keeping physically healthy by physically distancing from others, washing our hands, and wearing masks in indoor public places are daily new practices for us. By continuing to follow these rules, we greatly reduce our chances of getting sick.
Our mental health is also affected and, unfortunately, the guidelines for staying mentally healthy are not that clear cut. The pandemic has forced us to make fast changes in work and school that may have created unexpected challenges and difficulties. Sometimes difficult emotions of uncertainty, sadness, and anxiety can accompany these changes. While these feelings are normal, they can affect our work and study habits, increase stress levels, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and relationships with others. Seeking help and support is an important part of taking care of ourselves.
Many people start to look for information on the internet, and because there is so much, it is easy to get lost. We at SSN have put together this short list of resources that we think may be worthwhile to explore. You can find tips, strategies, and information about emotions, stress management, and mental health during these times of change. See if anything resonates with you and interests you to try.
We all have our mental health journeys. Taking an active role in your mental health journey can give you a sense of control. Opportunities for growth and positive change, that may have been unattainable or unknown before the pandemic, can bring unexpected accomplishments and joy.
If, after trying some ideas from the resources below, you are still having trouble coping, or are feeling consistently in a low mood, consider reaching out to our personal counsellors. Email email@example.com
Tips and Strategies for Coping and Resilience during COVID-19
This site contains extensive resource list for managing our mental health and anxiety during COVID-19. The first two resources require UHN log in, but below the video are links to many UHN and external sites about mental health and stress management.
Mind Control Managing Your Mental Health During Covid 19
This is a free 4 hour online course developed specifically to manage your mental health during this pandemic. It directly addresses some of our current challenges: social isolation, news addiction, and anxiety brought on by fear of the unknown. Professor Steve Joordens, from the Department of Psychology at UofT has an easy conversational approach and is very easy to listen to. He combines biology (how the brain works), psychology, and provides practical ways to manage stress and anxiety before it controls you. Highly recommended.
Wellness Together Canada Link: https://ca.portal.gs
This is a new federal government site that brings together a variety of mental health resources. You do need to login and set up an account. There is a self-assessment quiz and a rating scale that customizes the type of supports that would be most helpful for you. The site also keeps you accountable: you can get emails that monitor your progress and provide you with other support should you need it. For immediate (non-emergency) support: Adults: Text WELLNESS to 741741 (includes Frontline workers)
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
This site consolidates lots of information and resources from the best sources available, and includes specific supports for health care professionals
If you have any questions about mental health, stress management, personal counselling or managing in school, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care, stay safe, and stay in touch.