Graduate Student Mental Health
The University of Toronto is committed to addressing student mental health through a comprehensive strategy that promotes mental health, reduces stress and emotional distress, and responds effectively to mental illness. As a complement to the work of the Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) convened a working group to develop recommendations for the promotion of graduate student mental health, recognizing the importance of considering the specific, and sometimes unique needs of graduate students.
The graduate student population is diverse in a variety of ways including age, citizenship, family status, ethnicity, culture, ability and disability, economic and social capital, and mental and physical health. Graduate students are also engaged in a range of experiences and dynamics that are specific to graduate education, such as managing supervisorial relationships, meeting increasingly demanding academic milestones, working in isolation or in group laboratory environments, and managing a higher level of personal, financial, and academic independence. While the diversity of the graduate student population enhances graduate education, and the unique aspects of graduate education provide the opportunity for world class levels of thought and research, it is critically important to acknowledge and better understand the impact these aspects can have on graduate student mental health.
The working group developed the following recommendations in consideration of the diverse graduate student population and the unique nature of graduate education. These recommendations are grounded in the understanding that the graduate community can:
- do more to proactively acknowledge, address, and respond to mental health challenges.
- better understand the range of needs and identify gaps.
- improve mental health awareness by promoting existing resources and supports.
- design student-focused tools and approaches that are appropriate, inclusive and responsive.
Working Group Membership
Related Documents & Resources
- Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health website
- Track the status and implementation of the recommendations arising from the Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health on the Student Mental Health website
- Administrative Response to the Final Report of the Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health (January 2020)
- Final Report of the Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health (December 2019)