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Mental Health and Wellbeing Return To Campus Guide for Employees
Challenges you may be facing
Impacts of challenges
- Lack of motivation
- Loss of interest
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fear (i.e. taking public transportation, heightened risk of contracting COVID as the number of students and employees on campus increase)
- Decline in physical health
How to be responsive to your challenges
Tips to support your wellbeing
- Workplace Wellbeing Services - Provides information, guidance and support to leaders and employees when an employee experiences a health-related issue that may result in short or long term sick leave or when they require accommodations.
- Wellbeing and Burnout Prevention Sessions - Staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the University-wide webinars Notice, Engage, Refer + Debrief program. Condensed versions can be accessed online.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing - Offers on-campus, online, and in community resources for supporting the Toronto Metropolitan University community.
- ThriveRU - Provides training and resources to Toronto Metropolitan students, faculty and staff in order to teach the skills associated with resilience, well-being and thriving in both an academic and personal context.
- Recreation - Provides regular physical activity programs to all Staff, Faculty, and Students.
- Consent Comes First - Provides support to Toronto Metropolitan community members affected by sexual violence.
- EFAP - The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential and voluntary support service that can help with many kinds of problems and challenges for all employees (who are eligible for benefits).
- Hope For Wellness (external link) - The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. If asked, counsellors can also work with you to find other wellness supports that are available near you. Phone and chat counselling is available in English and French.
- Naseeha Helpline (external link) - is a confidential helpline for Muslims to receive immediate, anonymous, and confidential support. Call 1-866-627-3342 (7 days a week, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST)
- Psychological Counselling (external link) - Employees (MAC, RFA, OPSEU (FTCE, PYE, Term over 12 month) are entitled to $3500 per year towards psychological counselling services (plus massage, naturopathy etc.)
- Talk4Healing (external link) - 24/7 peer support for Indigenous women. Individuals have the option of talk, text and chat service (available in 14 languages) for a safe space to connect.
- The 519 (external link) - provides phone or email check-in for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
- Trans Lifeline's Hotline (external link) - is a peer support phone service for trans and questioning people.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (Canada Life) (external link) - Provides free tools and strategies to enhance mental wellbeing in the workplace.
- Gerstein Crisis Centre (external link) - A 24-hour community-based crisis service for adults 16+ in the City of Toronto who are currently in crisis. 416-929-5200
- Distress Centre of Toronto (external link) - Provides telephone support to individuals in the community who are at risk and their most vulnerable. 416-408-4357
- Crisis Services Canada (external link) - provides 24/7 support to people in Canada. Call 1-800-456-4566 or text 45645