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Mental Health and Wellbeing Return to Campus Guide for Academic and Administrative Leaders
Challenges employees 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
Questions to ask your team prior to a return to onsite work
Questions to ask your team during transition/in monthly follow up check-in
- 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.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (Canada Life) (external link) - Provides free tools and strategies to enhance mental wellbeing in the workplace.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing - offers on-campus, online, and in-community resources for supporting the Toronto Metropolitan community.
- Consent Comes First - Provides support to Toronto Metropolitan community members affected by sexual violence.
- Recreation - Provides regular physical activity programs to all Staff, Faculty, and Students.
- 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).
- Psychological Counselling (external link) - Employees (MAC, RFA, OPSEU (FTCE, PYE, Term over 12 months) are entitled to $3500 per year towards psychological counselling services (plus massage, naturopathy etc.)
- 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