Fighting the Mental Health Crisis

The Policy Pod: Stories of Student Advocacy

Mar 28 2021 • 51 mins

Join Lucinda Qu, Corey McAuliffe and Loizza Aquino, discussing student mental health advocacy at the University of Toronto. Our guests share their thoughts on the challenges of representation, working with the faculty, the structural elements of the mental health crisis and how you can get involved.

Mental Health Resources:

408-helpline: https://www.dcogt.com/408-help-line

Anishnawbe health toronto: http://aht.ca/

Engineering Mental health and Wellness resources: https://www.engineering.utoronto.ca/mental-health-wellness/

For Graduate Students: School of Graduate Studies – University of Toronto (utoronto.ca)

https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/gradhub/resources-supports/

Good 2 talk student helpline (Ontario and Nova Scotia): https://good2talk.ca/

Gerstein crisis centre: https://gersteincentre.org/

Navi U of T mental health resource finder: https://prod.virtualagent.utoronto.ca/

Skule Mental Wellness Club: http://wellness.skule.ca/MentalResources

U of T mental health model of care explained: https://mentalhealth.utoronto.ca

Guests:

Lucinda Qu - Co-founder, Mental Health Policy Council

Corey McAuliffe - PhD student representative for UofT Mental Health Task Force

Loizza Aquino (https://loizzaaquino.com/)  - Co-founder, U of Thrive

Sources:

Varsity on student suic*des: https://thevarsity.ca/2020/11/03/new-college-confirms-death-of-student/

Memo from the OHRC: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/re-university-mandated-leave-absence-policy-%C2%ADraises-human-rights-concerns

Toronto star on the UMLAP: https://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/2020/12/01/universities-with-policies-to-force-out-students-in-crisis-say-its-a-safety-measure-students-say-threat-of-removal-fills-them-with-dread.html

The UMLAP: https://governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/secretariat/policies/university-mandated-leave-absence-policy-june-27-2018

Interesting articles/podcasts:

#WeAreUofT podcast on the UMLAP: https://soundcloud.com/weareuoft/mentalhealthuoft

Varsity op-ed: https://thevarsity.ca/2020/11/15/op-ed-we-need-to-be-careful-about-how-we-talk-about-those-with-mental-health-struggles/

Varsity editorial: https://thevarsity.ca/2019/09/29/enough-is-enough-this-is-an-emergency-u-of-t-must-immediately-address-its-mental-health-crisis/

Credits

Producer - Sabrina Cupryk

Host - Molly Mcgrail

Music - Chris Kwon aka Chris Krunchy (https://soundcloud.com/chris-krunchy)

Cover art - Alex McPhail (instagram: @aaaaalpal)

Workshop - Sabrina Brathwaite and Braeden Doane (https://harthouse.ca/series/stories)

Funding provided by Harthouse Good Ideas Fund

Contact us:

Instagram: @thepolicypod

Email: pa.uoft@gmail.com

Transcript

Link to the full transcript is here.

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