On Friday February 1st, iStudents for Mental Health Co-Chairs Marta & Robyn, and Inforum Outreach Librarian Kathleen Scheaffer, gave a presentation at the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference on student mental health initiatives. The talk was titled Student Mental Health: Promotion, Advocacy, & Education. The goal of our session was to describe the work that… Continue reading OLA Super Conference 2019 Presentation
Grad Connections, a forum series where grad students can relate to and learn from each other on a topic related to grad student life.
Future information professionals, Interested in public service or community building work? Looking to do some professional development this spring/summer? iStudents for Mental Health is offering two full scholarships to mental health first aid training with the Mental Health Commission of Canada http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/en Open to all current students of the Master of Information or Concurrent Registration… Continue reading Mental Health First Aid Training Scholarships
Summary of Discussion We are graduate students of the Faculty of Information and Department of Philosophy, and we are concerned about intransparency of the policy-drafting process of the University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy, as well as the punitive and stigmatizing elements of the policy. The Governing Council's final vote, January 30th 2018, is soon approaching,… Continue reading Panel Discussion on UofT’s Mandatory Leave of Absence Policy
Friday January 12th, 2018 1:00 - 4:00 PM Bissell Building, 140 St. George street, 4th Floor (Inforum Library), room 419 U of T’s proposed University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy [current draft of the policy] would allow administrators to place a student on mandatory leave of absence “when it becomes apparent that due to mental health… Continue reading Fri Jan 12th Panel Discussion on UofT’s Proposed Mandatory Leave Policy
The proposed policy would provide the university with a unilateral mechanism for removing struggling students from their academic and social activities. This could lead to students' aversion to engaging with deans, registrars, or mental wellness liaisons.
UofT pledges to recognize mental health as a priority in the University’s value statements and strategic goals, with a focus on creating sustainable mental health initiatives.