• CALL 911 OR  

  • PUBLIC SAFETY AT 416-675-8500 (OR EXT. 4000). 

Post-secondary studies and various environmental, systemic and structural factors can have adverse effects on learner's mental health and well-being. Generally, there are signs that a learner is struggling long before a situation escalates into a crisis.  

Faculty and staff are well-positioned to recognize behaviour that may indicate that a learner is in distress and may require support. Being able to recognize the signs of distress and make appropriate referrals are critical first steps in referring a learner for support.  


Learn more about steps to support learners in, referrals to resources, and tips for taking care of yourself. 

Browse the Recognize, Respond and Support Learners in Distress resource below or download the PDF.  


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Taking care of yourself 

Supporting learners who are experiencing personal challenges or difficulty can bear a lot of weight on the person offering support. It is important to maintain boundaries and observe your personal limits. Your main role is to provide a referral to trained professionals.  

Self-care resources: 

Share your Story!  

How do you support student well-being in your classroom or learning environment? If you use any of the resources on this site, or have your own unique tips and tricks, we would love to add your story to our faculty stories page.