Wellness Services

Welcome to GradConnect Wellness Services

Note: As some students will not be coming onto campus during the labour disruption, Wellness Consultations will be made available via telephone in addition to face-to-face meetings. If you wish to book a Wellness Consultation via telephone, please email sirwinga@yorku.ca.

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.

Wellness Consultations

Wellness consultations are short meetings that provide a starting point for students seeking to enhance their personal mental health or well-being. They are education and support-based and offered by a mental health professional. Meetings are confidential and typically last between 30-45 minutes.

Graduate students can request a wellness consultation for help with:

  • Concerns about mental health;
  • Balancing life as a graduate student;
  • Personal wellness goal setting;
  • Transitioning to graduate school;
  • Difficulty coping with stress, anxiety, self-doubt, overwhelm or isolation;
  • Staying healthy while progressing through one’s degree program;
  • Exploring options for mental health and wellness services at York University or in the community;
  • Psychoeducation and resources.

To schedule a consultation, please visit the Wellness Consultations page.

GradConnect Wellness Workshops

April 2018

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.

  • April 11 & 12, 8:30am–4:30pm, Location TBA

Participation in the full two days is required. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles. Experience powerful videos on suicide intervention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide first aid.

ASIST is a standardized program of LivingWorks Education. Please visit livingworks.net for more information.


February 2018

Enhancing Self-Compassion and Personal Resilience

This workshop focuses on activating self-compassion and personal resilience as a way to cope with self-critical thinking and enhance overall personal wellness. Graduate students will have the opportunity to explore their strengths as well as strategies for turning down self-criticism and turning kindness and empathy inward. This workshop will be interactive and experiential with opportunity to connect with other graduate students through small group discussion.

  • February 13, 2018 1:00–2:30pm — 232 York Lanes
  • February 21, 2018 2:00–3:30pm — 232 York Lanes


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.

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.