Health and Wellness Resources

The University of St. Michael’s College strives to promote a healthy, inclusive and supportive environment that fosters mental health and well-being among members of the community. This page highlights resources available from the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s to support students.

CALL 911 if at immediate risk.

If you are: feeling desperate and hopeless, worried you might hurt yourself, someone else or having suicidal thoughts, alone with no one to talk to.

If you have: made a plan, the means to hurt yourself or someone else (e.g. pills or a weapon), attempted suicide or hurt yourself before.


If you need to talk to someone right NOW

U of T My SSP: If you are in Canada or anywhere else in the world, you can call or text with a counsellor at U of T My SSP: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and service is available in multiple languages. Call 1-844-451-9700 (outside of North America: 001-416-380-6578) or download the My SSP app to chat with a counsellor.

Download the My SSP app: Apple App Store | Google Play.

Good2Talk: If you are in Canada, call the Good2Talk helpline for post-secondary students at 1-866-925-5454. Good2Talk is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also choose to chat by text: Text GOOD2TALKON to 686868


If you or someone you know is in distress

  • Ontario Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600
  • Gerstein Centre Crisis Line: 416-929-5200
  • U of T Health & Wellness Centre: 416-978-8030
  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service phone available 24/7:  1-833-456-456
  • Catholic Family Services: to arrange for an Online Quick Access Single Session, call 416-921-1163 or 416-222-0048 and leave a message with your name and contact information.
  • To get health advice or general health information from a Registered Nurse, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or visit the Telehealth website.

If you need help navigating all the resources out there

Mental Health Services

University of Toronto’s webpage makes it easier for students to find mental health services & resources on all three campuses, as well as those of partner organizations in the community.

Health & Wellness – UofT Student Life

The Health & Wellness centre at UofT offers a variety of resources, including a newsletter and peer support services.

NAVI – Your mental health wayfinder

Navi highlights institutional resources on each campus, along with some off-campus resources, including 24/7 crisis lines.  


Additional Resources

Crisis Support Services

Mental Health and Addictions

  • Smoking Cessation: 1-866-366-3667, or text iQuit to 123456 
  • Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-230-3505
  • Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603
  • Sheena’s Place: Eating Disorders Support; 416-927-8900

Spiritual Support

Academic Support

Physical Health

For other resources in Toronto, call or visit 211.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest hospital.


University of St. Michael’s College Resources

If you need to talk to someone right NOW

  • My SSP: 1-844-451-9700
  • Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454, 24/7

Wellness Counsellor: Nicole LeBlanc MSW, RSW. All students and residents of St. Michael’s are welcome to set up an online half-hour counseling appointment with her by email: nicolem.leblanc@utoronto.ca

Ask.smc@utoronto.ca offers a single point of access for student to find the help they need, including:

  • Academic Success Learning Strategists support students in all areas of learning and academic performance. Appointments with Kathleen Ogden can be set up through ask.smc@utoronto.ca. Additional resources for academic success are available through University of Toronto Student Life.  
  • Accessibility Services at the University of Toronto can help students with temporary and permanent accessibility needs receive necessary academic accommodations. St. Michael’s accessibility advisor can be reached through ask.smc@utoronto.ca, and more information about registering for services is available through University of Toronto Student Life
  • The Writing Centre at the John M. Kelly Library at St. Michael’s offers one-on-one appointments for students looking for guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from researching and outlining to drafting and editing. Focused research help is also available.
  • St. Michael’s Career Educator Husna Arif helps students with exploring career options, applications for grad school, and other plans for after graduation. To schedule digital appointments email ask.smc@utoronto.ca

The Office of the Dean of Students makes peer-to-peer support available for all St. Michael’s students:

  • The Mentorship Program pairs incoming students with upper-year students who can connect them to academic and wellness-focused resources.
  • The Commuter Don and Residence Don teams connect students in their constituencies to the larger St. Michael’s community.

The St. Michael’s College Student Union (SMCSU) has recently voted to elect two new positions for the 2021-22 academic year: a Vice President of Mental Health and Accessibility, and a Vice President of International Community Outreach. SMCSU also provides funding for student-led groups such as St. Mike’s Wellness Council and SMC Inclusive. 

St. Michael’s is filled with spaces that are designed to help students learn, connect, and grow. Take a video tour of the campus to learn more.