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Resources available for community members impacted by earthquake in Turkey and Syria

TMU offers supports for students from affected areas
February 13, 2023
Overview of city of Damascus c. 2007

The university’s International Student Support team is offering support and access to resources to students from Turkey and Syria.

Last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria is the deadliest earthquake to hit the region in more than 80 years. The tragedy has left more than 20,000 dead and over 350,000 people in need of shelter. The thoughts of the entire TMU community are with those who have been affected by the earthquake – both those who have experienced the devastation first hand and those members of our community who have a connection to this area and to family and friends there.

The university’s International Student Support team has been in contact with prospective and current students from Turkey and Syria, to offer direct support and access to appropriate resources.

Community members are reminded that the university has a range of resources in place to support you in this difficult time, and encourage you to reach out to the following offices, as needed: 

  • Students can learn more about wellbeing services and supports that are available to them at the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.
  • Keep.meSAFE (external link) , is a mental health counselling service that specializes in student mental health support and provides 24/7 access to licensed counsellors through telephone and mobile chat. Mental health care can be provided in over 60 languages and students can access the service from outside of Canada too.
  • Faculty and staff in need of assistance should access the employee and family assistance program for resources and counselling.

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