Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health

This factsheet was prepared by the Ontario Graduate Caucus (OGC) of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario alongside the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and 13 graduate students’ unions. These groups engaged in a two-year research project to identify and document the mental health experiences of graduate students in Ontario universities. 2,001 graduate students from across the province were surveyed about their experiences and the impacts on their mental health and well-being. The Federation proposes five recommendations to improve the mental health and well-being of graduate students on campus, with the aim of influencing and informing the development of campus resources to confront bullying, harassment and mental health issues faced by graduate students. This factsheet outlines the primary survey results as well as the recommendations for graduate student mental health resources on campus.

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