Good afternoon Readers!
Today’s post is all about YOUR mental health and experiencing university. Mental health is one of the, if not the MOST important facet of yourself. We all come from different pasts with different life experiences and different biological builds. Some of us have had fleeting experiences with mental health crisis while others of us (like myself) have to actively manage our conditions in order to to maintain health, happiness, and pursue success. Some days can be harder than others but we aren’t alone (1/5 individuals have had a brush with mental health struggles) and York has a ton of amazing resources that can be taken advantage of.
Scenario #1 – You have an existing mental health diagnosis and you aren’t sure how York can help support you.
If you have an existing condition and documentation to support that (example – having a diagnosis from your doctor or other health professional), York can offer you a variety of accommodations.
First, you must register by filling out a two part registration package which can be found here. You will need to give part of the package to your medical professional and you will also be responsible for filling out a questionnaire. The questions you will cover include general information, your education experiences leading up to York, your goals, your current treatment and support, etc.
Once this package has been completed you can either drop it off in room N110 in Bennett Centre on campus, or you can fax it to them at 416 736 5633. Once they review your information they will set up an intake appointment to see how they can best help you. There are a wide variety of accommodations they can make for you, so please ensure that you take this step. You will also be eligible to apply for a bursary – the BSWD which you can read more about here.
Scenario #2 – Whether it be from the stress of transitioning from high school to university, something stressful in your life, or any other possible situation… you think you might be suffering from a new mental health condition and you aren’t sure what to do.
The first thing I would recommend would be to visit the on-campus health clinic which is located in York Lanes. They have doctors with specializations with mental health so you can call 647 7222 2370 or drop in in person to get an appointment. A second option would be to walk in which you should absolutely do if you feel you need to get in faster than you can book an appointment- you can get in from anywhere within 10 minutes to around an hour for a pure walk in.
Beyond that, I always recommend that you set yourself up with York’s free counselling services. While your doctor might give you a prescription to treat your condition, sometimes that is not enough. Sometimes it also takes a number of weeks before the medication kicks in and in this case counselling can help you manage your symptoms and provide an avenue for you to share your feelings and concerns in a healthy manner. York’s CDS offers personal counselling, group/couples counselling, and even some workshops. You can call 416 736 5297 or drop in to N110 Bennett to set up an appointment. You will first meet with an intake counsellor who will speak with you and review the questionnaire that you will fill out just prior to entering the room with them. From there they will assign you to a counsellor which can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a bit longer than that, which is more reason to jump on this instead of holding off. You can read more about personal counselling services here. You can also read about MY experience with York’s CDS. Part 1 here, part 2 here.
Scenario#3 – Something happened and you need help RIGHTNOW.
First things first. Stop. Take a deep breath, holding it in for 7 seconds, as deeply as you can. Then breath out, pushing for 11. Try to do this for at least a couple of minutes or until you feel grounded.
Scenario #4 – Whether from experiencing mental health difficulties or watching others go through it, you want to get involved.
York provides a number of great ways to get involved in the area of Mental Health.
You can also look at a variety of clubs and associations on campus that tackle Mental Health from a number of diverse ways by checking out YU Connect.
Comments, questions, concerns? Sound off below and I will do my best to answer and direct you as needed 🙂