York University Support for Students in Distress
At York University, we hope that all students will be successful in achieving their academic goals. However, we know that university studies sometimes can create or exacerbate stress and anxiety that can have a serious impact on studentsí mental health. In fact, statistics suggest that one in four postsecondary-aged students will experience at least one significant mental health challenge.
We believe that mental health is a key component of student wellness and success. We encourage everyone in the York University community to be aware that there are things all of us can do to build and maintain a mentally healthy campus. We encourage friends, staff persons, or faculty members to be alert to any unexplained changes in the mood, behaviour or appearance of your friends or students in class. If you hear them talk of feeling overwhelmed and isolated, complain about emotional distress that is too difficult to handle, or indicate that they want to harm themselves or others, PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS. Let them know that you are concerned about them and encourage them to talk with a trained professional who can help.
For more information about how to determine if someone you know may be in distress, click on the following link: Common Signs and Signals that a Student May be in Distress
If you personally think that you or someone whom you know may need some support to deal with any of the feelings mentioned above, we urge you to contact one of the resources listed below:
- Personal Counselling Services in Counselling & Disability Services at 416-736-5297 or come to the reception desk in N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services to make an appointment with an experienced professional counsellor for confidential crisis support or 1:1 counselling. http://www.yorku.ca/cds/pcs/
- If you live in a Campus Residence, talk with your Residence Don or Residence Life Coordinator. They have received mental health training; they will listen to you, take your concerns seriously, support you and refer you to the appropriate resource on campus where you can get the help that you need.
- Sexual Assault Survivorsí Support Line, 416-650-8056; http://www.yorku.ca/sassl/
- After hours, for urgent but non-life-threatening situations, call York Campus Security at 416-736-5333 (or extension 33333), or the Community Crisis Response Program at 416-498-0043.
- For immediately urgent situations, call 911 and then York Campus Security at 416-736-5333 (or extension 33333).
- Community Counselling and Support Resources Information and web links to community agencies and support services throughout Ontario
Students interested in self-help resources should click on the link below: http://www.yorku.ca/cds/pcs/resources.html
Mental Health Disability Services (MDHS)
Physical, Sensory & Medical Disability Services (PSMDS)
Learning Disability Services (LDS)