Focus on Wellness

HOEM Mental Wellness 

At HOEM we know that mental wellness is an important part of long-term success for students - in school and beyond. The HOEM mental wellness strategy is a framework for promoting wellness in our students and staff. It takes into account feedback from all students and staff. We are always working to improve! 

Inkblot Counselling

HOEM provides mental health support through Inkblot, a provider of video counselling delivered on a secure and encrypted platform. Access is on-line with the ability to select from a short-list of best-matched counsellors based on your unique needs and preferences.  Appointments are booked directly on-line with your selected counsellor with the first 30-minute session free.

Following a complimentary initial session, HOEM is covering the cost of 2 additional hours of counselling per student.  Subsequent sessions are reimbursable through student health benefits or can be paid privately. 

Here's how to access Inkblot services as a HOEM student: 

  1. Visit inkblot
  2. Click "get started" in the top right corner of the page
  3. Enter the email address you used to apply to live at HOEM
  4. Once you are logged in, click "find my care provider"
  5. Complete the series of questions to help match you with some counsellors 
  6. Select the counsellor you would like to meet with, and schedule an appointment! 

After your first 2 hours of complimentary counselling, you can submit sessions through your student benefits plan. For instructions on submitting an insurance claim at Ryerson, click HERE. If you would like help with submitting insurance claims with any other institution, email us at and we'd be happy to help! 


Mental Health Training 

There are various mental health trainings that are available to both students and staff at HOEM on Jarvis. We encourage everyone to check them out and get involved. If you have specific questions about any of these trainings, just get in touch! 

LivingWorks safeTALK 

d23a7350-a530-11e9-9016-e92c63979adb-rimg-w720-h405-gmirsafeTALK is a face-to-face presentation featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals and skills practice. At a safeTALK workshop, you will learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support. All student staff are trained in safeTALK and HOEM hosts 3 safeTALK trainings per year that are open to all students. For dates, questions, or to register, please contact



Student Staff Mental Health Training

section-1-animation-565cab82e4898251f4d13aa73bf1c08fAll student staff receive Student Mental Health Training, which raises awareness of mental health issues, including signs and symptoms and the role of resiliency in maintaining mental health. It also reduces the stigma that is often associated with getting help. Student staff learn the skills required to assist someone who is struggling with their mental health and connect them with further care. Training is provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association



LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

assist-picHOEM admin staff are trained in ASIST. LivingWorks ASIST is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you'll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. If you are interested in receiving this training, please visit their website HERE.


Campus Resources

Whether you're a Ryerson University student or you attend a different postsecondary institution, there are many campus resources available to support you. Take a look at our complete list below:

Ryerson University

Ryerson Centre for Student Development and Counselling


Ryerson Medical Centre


Ryerson Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education

416-979-5000 ext. 553596


University of Toronto

University of Toronto Health & Wellness Services 


OCAD Counselling and Wellness Services

416-977-6000 ext. 260


George Brown College

George Brown College Counselling Services

St. James
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 2107 

Casa Loma
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 4585

Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 5370

Community Resources

If you are a short-term, summer or language school student, you may not have access to postsecondary mental health resources. Luckily, there are many community resources available to you. If you need help accessing these resources or scheduling appointments, just let us know! We're happy to help. 

Support Phone Lines

Distress Centres of Greater Toronto (Open 24/7)


Canada Suicide Prevention Service

Call: 1-833-456-4566 (Open 24/7)
Text: 45645

Good 2 Talk for Postsecondary Students (Open 24/7)


LGBTQ Youthline

Call: 1-800-268-9688
Text: 647-694-4275

Drug and Alcohol Helpline




CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Central Intake: 416-535-8501 ext. 2

Family Services Toronto (Telephone Counselling)

Community members are invited to access virtual counselling by calling 416-595-9618.


Sexual Violence Support

Assaulted Women’s Helpline (open 24/7)

Crisis line: 416-863-0511

Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital


Toronto Rape Crisis Centre

Crisis Line: 416-597-8808