History

Formed through a student initiative at the University of Toronto in September 2013, Grad Minds is officially recognized as an ad-hoc committee of the Graduate Student Union (GSU). The committee was born from the recognition that graduate students face unique challenges, many of which are not being sufficiently addressed, and there is a lack of dedicated services or programs aimed at graduate students’ mental health on campus.

Mission statement

Our mission is to represent the interests and concerns of the graduate student population and to promote mental health and well-being at the University of Toronto. Grad Minds takes a three-pronged approach to achieving its mission, which encompasses:

  1. Providing resources and services to students
  2. Advocating for graduate students mental health
  3. Creating partnerships in the community

Objectives for 2015-2016

In 2014-2015, the accomplishment of these objectives will include:

  1. Providing resources and services to students via:
    • Events (arts events, film screenings, talks, poster sessions)
    • Open Minds 2016 (annual conference)
    • Free Yoga (weekly)
    • Mental Health Wednesdays (monthly)
    • Resource development and website (ongoing)
  2. Advocating for graduate students mental health via:
    • Graduate student survey
    • Communicating with the GSU and administration
    • Participating in policy development
  3. Creating partnerships in the community via:
    • Health & Wellness and other on-campus organizations
    • Establishing partnerships off-campus