HOEM Mental Wellness Strategy

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 focuses on four main objectives relating to enhancing student support and building community around HOEM. This policy takes into account feedback from all students and staff. We are always working to improve!


You can find the complete HOEM Mental Wellness Strategy at this link HERE.  

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 up to 2 additional hours of counselling per student.  Subsequent sessions with the same counsellor are reimbursable through student health benefits or can be paid privately. Please visit inkblottherapy.com/hoem to get started. 

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. HOEM hosts 3 safeTALK trainings per year that are open to all Ryerson University students. For dates, questions, or to register, please contact jarvis@hoem.ca




Inkblot Student Mental Health Training

section-1-animation-565cab82e4898251f4d13aa73bf1c08fInkblot is a convenient, affordable and confidential provider of virtual mental health counselling and resources. HOEM proudly partners with Inkblot to provide mental health supports to our students. In addition to counselling, all 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. 





LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

assist-picAll HOEM admin staff and residence advisors 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. 3596



University of Toronto

University of Toronto Health & Wellness Services (Call for mental health and physical health)



U of T Drop-in counselling services 

Location and times available change based on academic year. 



OCAD Counselling and Wellness Services

416-977-6000 ext. 260



George Brown College

George Brown College Counselling Services

St. James: 200 King St. E., Room 582C
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 2107 (Fax: 416-415-2272)

Casa Loma: 160 Kendal Ave., E.,Room C317
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 4585 (Fax: 416-415-4582) 

Waterfront: 51 Dockside Dr., Rm. 225
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 5370

George Brown Health Benefits Student Association

Email: healthbenefits@sagbc.ca
Phone: 416.415.5000 Ext. 2443


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

Assaulted Women’s Helpline (open 24/7)

Crisis line: 416-863-0511

Admin line: 416-364-4144

Drug and Alcohol Helpline



Counselling and Referrals

St. Michael’s Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Services – Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT)

Emergencies: 911

Non-emergencies: 416-808-2222

CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Central Intake: 416-535-8501 ext. 2

Family Services Toronto (Walk-in and Telephone Counselling)

Call: 416-595-9618

Community members are invited to access virtual counselling weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 416-595-9618.

Skylark Children, Youth & Families

Call 416-482-0081 x 333.

Free telephone counselling:

Monday 10-6pm
Tuesday 10-6pm
Wednesday 12-8pm
Thursday 2-6pm
Friday 10-3pm
To set up a call with a therapist, you must call 90 minutes before cut off in order to set up a 60 minute appointment.
Call 416-482-0081 X 5 during these hours to book on the following days:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30-1:30, Wednesdays 11:30-6:30
Call 416-482-0081 X 6 to during these hours to book on the following days:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-4:30pm


Low Cost Therapy Options

Affordable Therapy Network of Toronto

Browse through this list of low-cost therapists and select one based on who stands out for you. Contact the therapist directly to request an appointment.


Affordable Counselling Toronto

Counselling provided on a sliding scale




Sexual Assault Support

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


Toronto Rape Crisis Centre

Crisis Line: 416-597-8808

Admin Line: 416-597-1171


Online Resources

Big White Wall

ETPTnpGXYAA5XqCBig White Wall is an anonymous online community where members can support each other. Just sign up for an account to participate in community discussions, access self-assessments, resources and find creative tools to express how you're feeling. Right now, they are opening up this service for free for the next 6 months. All you need to do is register, activate your account, then participate!


Waking Up 

social-sharingWaking Up is a meditation app different than any others on the market. Not only does it deliver guided meditations, but you also learn the theory behind how meditation works. If you've had trouble getting into a meditation practice, and want to give it a try, this is a great place to start!


Cove App

475ded88-20f7-464d-90f0-618b144a7970Cove is like a mood journal, except instead of using words to express how you feel, you use music. To create music, choose from six different moods – calm, struggling, longing, playful, clouded and gentle. Once you've selected your mood, you can easily add and remove different musical effects. Store your music in a private journal to revisit at any time.