New support group series for graduate student mental health and wellbeing

We are pleased to announce a new joint pilot initiative with Counselling Services, Wellbeing and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies designed to offer additional mental health and wellbeing support geared specifically towards graduate students and centered around known stressors many graduate students are faced with. This pilot was created out of the identified need for more strategic mental health support for graduate students as highlighted in the Graduate Student Wellbeing Status Report (2017), a joint partnership between the Office of the Vice-President Students, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and graduate student representatives.

Bringing together additional key campus partners to help support these facilitated support group sessions, the goals of each will be to identify and address key mental health concerns, foster resiliency, develop proactive coping strategies, identify resources, and create social connections through discussions. 

We will be offering six support sessions throughout the 2019/2020 academic year, each focused on a different theme known to be an area of heightened stress for graduate students. These sessions are best suited for graduate students who feel overwhelmed in the following areas and are wanting support to make a change:

  • Work Life Balance
  • Careers and Graduate Student Wellbeing
  • Graduate Supervisory Relationships
  • Procrastination and Perfectionism
  • Financial Pressures
  • Imposter Syndrome

The first two sessions will be hosted this August:

Careers and Graduate Student Wellbeing
Tuesday, August 20th
Dobson Room, IKLC
Lunch will be provided

Work Life Balance
Thursday, August 22nd
Dobson Room, IKLC
Lunch will be provided


Friday, 09 August 2019