Help & Resources for Students
We are glad you stopped by. This section will direct you to mental health and related resources on campus. If you are in crisis, there is help available - click on the ‘In Crisis?’ menu option.
Student Health and Wellbeing is a division in the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students that seeks to cultivate whole health and wellbeing within the Ryerson community. Using a student centered approach, grounded in equity and community inclusion, Student Health and Wellbeing strives for a cohesive, curious and collaborative approach to health and well-being experiences.
Discover Student Wellbeing's areas of support:
Equity Service Centres and Peer-Led Support
The two student unions, RSU, external link and CESAR, external link, are committed to building and fostering a community based on equity, inclusion and principles of social justice. Advocacy is integral to the work that they do. In this light, they have six equity service centres, external link which serve as a space for students from different marginalized backgrounds to come together and organize equity and social justice initiatives, events, and campaigns:
- The Centre for Women & Trans People, external link
- The Good Food Centre, external link
- RyeACCESS, external link
- RyePRIDE, external link
- BIPOC Students’ Collective, external link
- Trans Collective, external link
The Equity Service Centres each have their own office on the second floor of the Ryerson Student Centre at 55 Gould St.
SMASH: Students for Mental Awareness, Support, & Health
SMASH is a mental health and wellbeing student group that is created by students for students. Their vision is to increase mental health awareness and support in a post-secondary environment through student peer-to-peer support. New faces are always welcome. You can learn more on their facebook, external link page as well.
Student Health Assistance and Resilience Program (SHARPP)
The Student Health Assistance and Resilience Program (SHARPP) is designed to help you develop lifelong skills for managing your health and well-being. We believe that healthy students are better learners, but learning to take control of your health may be overwhelming and difficult to do if you don’t know how. A SHARPP Ambassador will work with you to create a plan that will enable you to make healthy lifestyle changes, and assist in creating a wellness plan that is fun and achievable.
#TakeCareRU is an RU Student Life initiative, encouraging conversations around health and wellbeing among and between students. Share your stories using #TakeCareRU and see what RU Student Life has produced around topics of anxiety, self-care, stress at exam time, wellness, community health, and more. The RU Student Life team is invested in helping you take care of yourself and your community.
Support for Substance Use
People use substances such as drugs and alcohol for many reasons. We might use substances to relax, have fun, cope with or escape a problem or dull emotional/physical pain. There are times when one might find that a dependence or reliance on substances has become problematic, interfering with one’s ability to enjoy life or function at one’s normal level.
If this happens to you, know there’s support available.
You can contact the CSDC to book an appointment to discuss support for this concern, and learn more about community resources for substance use support.
A group for student engagement, advocacy, harm reduction, and support with substance use. Reachable over facebook messenger or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Toronto Public Health, external linkhas more than 50 harm reduction programs with resources across the city.