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 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:
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.
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.
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.
We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out with our year round projects!
Annual Open Minds Conference
The Grad Minds Annual Mental Health Conference will host a variety of speakers and workshops on different mental health topics.
Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Time: 5:00 – 9:30 PM
Location: UofT Multi-faith Centre
Our bi-weekly workshop series focuses on personal skill development including individual resilience, coping skills, problem solving, and self-advocacy.
Elemental Magazine is an initiative aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus and advancing our current knowledge on mental health through an engaging communication platform.
Mental Health Resource Initiative
We are working toward providing more education and information about mental health resources available, how to access those resources, and what to expect from them.
Community Outreach Project
We are collaborating with additional advocacy groups within UofT and across the community to help support students with complex mental health needs.