• Grad Minds

    The University of Toronto Graduate Student Mental Health Committee

  • About Us

    Who we are:

    Formed through a student initiative at the University of Toronto in September 2013, Grad Minds is now officially recognized as the Mental Health Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union (UTGSU).

    What we do:

    We promote well-being and provide mental health education through programs, initiatives, and events, with a focus on developing psychological resilience, personal skill development, self-care practices, and de-stigmatizing mental health problems.

    Why we do what we do:

    Graduate students face unique challenges that are not often addressed. At this time, there is a lack of peer support services and education programs aimed at graduate students' mental health on campus.

  • Our Mission

    Our mission is to promote mental health awareness and well-being among the graduate student population at the University of Toronto. We take a three-pronged approach to achieve our mission that encompasses:

    Education

    To Promote Wellness

    Mental health is complex. Our goal is to provide students with tools and resources that may help improve their overall mental health and well-being.

    Advocacy

    To Raise Awareness

    Mental health conversations are essential; we can't be silent anymore. Our aim is to diminish the shame and stigma that surrounds mental health.

    Collaboration

    To Create Partnerships

    Mental health is important for everyone to talk about. We provide a platform for students, staff, and community initiatives to share their messages.

  • Meet Our Executive Team

    Our multi-disciplinary team combines experience with passion, creativity, and

    dedication in order to take action on mental health at the University of Toronto.

    Jeffrey Lynham

    Co-chair

    I’m a third year PhD Candidate in the Biochemistry Department studying molecular mechanisms in liver cancer. In addition to research, I’m passionate about ending the silence, shame, and stigma that surrounds mental health. I’m also the Editor-In-Chief of Elemental Magazine, the University of Toronto’s official tri-campus mental health magazine, and I’m a public speaker at Jack.org, a charity focused on improving youth mental health across Canada. In my spare time, I like to read, exercise, or spend time with friends. I’m really looking forward to working with the Grad Minds team this year to help raise mental health awareness across the UofT graduate student community.

    Aleksandra Uzelac

    Co-chair

    My name is Aleksandra and I am a second year Masters student in the Department of Pharmacology. This past year, I worked on the events team for Grad Minds and served as the Executive Editor for Elemental Magazine. I can’t wait to work alongside this year’s passionate Grad Minds team to amplify the voices of graduate students, create safe spaces for conversations on mental health and help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. Outside of research and Grad Minds, I enjoy experimenting with vegan baking, drawing and dancing at concerts!

    Erin Remai

    Co-event Team Lead

    My name is Erin, and I am in my second year of my Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Ottawa and was an executive member of the uOttawa Dance Club. I am passionate about working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, and I am excited to bring my event-planning experience to the GradMinds team this year! In my free time I enjoy reading, attending dance/Zumba classes, and taking walks.

    Samantha Chang

    Co-event Team Lead

    By day, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and by night, I am a professional flutist and conductor. My research combines the best of two worlds and explores the conceptual relationships between visual arts and music in the early modern period, specifically those of artistic identity, temporality, synaesthesia, and performativity. On campus, I am also a Teaching Assistants' Training Program (TATP) Humanities Trainer and a Test and Exam Services Invigilator. Much of my volunteer work centers on equity, accessibility, and mental health. In my spare time, I frolic in museums/galleries except during the World Cup, when I can be found at home yelling at the TV.

    Alanna Bateman

    Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Hello there! My name is Alanna, and I’m a second year clinical engineering Master’s student with the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. I’m excited to join GradMinds for the second year as the Marketing and Social Media manager. Outside of school and GradMinds, I like to spend my time running, exploring the city and making pizza. I look forward to promoting GradMinds across the UofT graduate community and beyond this year!

    Thomas Murphy

    Treasurer

    Hello everyone, my name is Thomas and I'm a 2nd year Master's student studying Pharmacology & Toxicology. I'm thrilled to be a member of the Grad Minds team, serving as the Treasurer & Grants Manager for my second straight year. I hope you are all as excited as we are for the exciting events we have planned for this upcoming school year! Discussions regarding mental health are important and I'm excited to aid in normalizing these conversations on our campus. Besides my involvement in Grad Minds, I spend my free time with friends, exercising, traveling, and eating delicious food!

  • Weekly Yoga with Lindsay Kudlow

    Lindsay will lead you through a restorative Hatha Flow Yoga class perfect for building strength, increasing mobility, and balancing energy levels. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome!

    About Lindsay

    Lindsay Kudlow is a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Canadian Counsellor, and Certified Yoga Teacher who offers a blend of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Psychotherapy in her classes, workshops, and clinical work. She is an integrative and holistic practitioner and aims to foster strength, resilience, and flexibility in the individuals whom she serves. Drawing from a range of Eastern and Western therapeutic modalities, Lindsay supports individuals in connecting to their own innate sense of wholeness and well-being.

    Location: Reflection Room

    Robarts Library, Room 8045

    130 St. George Street, Toronto, ON

     

    Time: Every Wednesday from 11AM - 12PM

     

    Next Class: September 25th, 2019

  • Upcoming Events

    Stay up-to-date with what we're doing next.

    Grad Minds has decided to have open meetings for all UofT graduate students every two weeks, rather than once a month. This change is to promote a more open dialogue between Grad Minds and graduate students on mental health, well-being, and counselling needs. At this meeting, we will discuss...
    The Faculty of Arts & Science will be hosting an upcoming inaugural “Minds Redefined” Mental Health & Wellness Conference. The conference is open to students, faculty, and staff, and aims to foster dialogue about mental health within Arts & Science. We are asking students for their personal...
    Are you looking to get involved with Grad Minds this year? We will be having our first general meeting of the year in the Grad Room (66 Harbord Street) on September 11th, starting at 5:15 PM. We have the room booked at 5:00 PM, so feel free to come early to meet the executive team. This meeting...
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  • We're hiring!

    We can always use extra support.

    Event Team - Volunteer Event Co-ordinators

    • They will work closely with the Event Leads in helping to spearhead, organize, and execute events – this includes booking rooms, managing orders, sponsorships, and registration.
    • No need to apply! Come to our next general meeting, or send us an e-mail at mentalhealth@utgsu.ca to see how you can get involved.
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