Wellness Services

Welcome to GradConnect Wellness Services

GradConnect Wellness Services aims to support and enhance the mental health and well-being of York University graduate students as they pursue their academic goals through the development and implementation of resources, services, and supports designed to help graduate students connect with their wellness. Workshops, personal wellness consultations, and mental health promotion initiatives will be implemented throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Please check this website regularly for updates and more information on services as they develop.

For more information please contact:

Sarah Irwin-Gardner
Manager, Graduate Student Wellness Services
416-736-2100 ext. 33379

Your Mental Health and Well-Being Matters!

Graduate school is a time of excitement, personal growth, and challenge. Graduate studies can also be arduous and create new stress or pressure in your life. Finding balance between your personal and academic life can help you maintain your wellness throughout your studies. We encourage you to continually consider and attend to your personal well-being and reach out if you are feeling overwhelmed.

“This is Wellness” Grad Challenge

Start the academic year off right by making your wellness a priority. Tell us one way you bring balance to your life, de-stress, or care for your overall health and well-being and be entered to win $25 on your YU card or a wellness prize package!

Fill out the form below or stop by the Faculty of Graduate Studies located at 230 York Lanes to enter. The contest will run from September 1 to December 31, 2017 with multiple winners each month.

GradConnect Wellness Workshop Series

November 2017

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques can assist with stress reduction, anxiety management, sleep induction, and enhancing positive emotion and overall wellbeing. In this workshop you will be introduced to, and have an opportunity to practice, a variety of relaxation techniques including calm breathing, guided visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness exercises.

Upcoming Sessions for Graduate Students:

  • November 20, 2017 1:00-2:00pm—Location: 232 York Lanes
  • November 30, 2017 3:00-4:00pm—Location: 232 York Lanes

*Registration encouraged to assist with session planning but is not required. Walk-in’s are welcome.

October 2017

Strategies for Anxiety Reduction and Relaxation

Anxiety is a common experience and although it can help us react fast in dangerous situations and motivate us to prepare for something important, it can also be distressing and get in the way of doing the things you want to do. In this workshop you will learn how the anxiety response is activated, what is happening in the body when anxious, and strategies to assist you in turning down and turning off this response.

Registration encouraged to assist with session planning but walk-in's welcome. Location to be posted one week before the workshop.

Upcoming Sessions for Graduate Students:

  • October 12, 2017 3:00-4:00pm in Room 232 York Lanes
  • October 16, 2017 1:00-2:00pmin Room 232 York Lanes


September 2017


  • York University graduate students (if space permits, registration may be extended to faculty and staff who work directly with graduate students)
  • 3 hours in person

SafeTALK, developed by LivingWorks Education, is a half-day training in suicide alertness that assists participants in learning four basic steps to create a life-saving connection. The training prepares individuals to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the end of the workshop.

As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

For more information, please visit safeTALK.

Upcoming Sessions for Graduate Students

  • September 18, 2017 - 1:00-4:00pm - Rm. 107 Stedman Lecture Halls
  • September 28, 2017 9:00am-12:00pm - Rm. 2009 Vari Hall

To register, please complete the following form: safeTALK Training for Graduate Students

Note: Additional safeTALK sessions run throughout the academic year as part of York University’s Mental Health Strategy. For more information about training, please visit Mental Health and Wellness at York — Training.