Graduate student mental health: Putting the Toolkit into Practice

This webinar aims to take a meaningful approach to offering guidance on how to support graduate students from all walks of life, whether in need of mental health and addictions supports or not, and the suggestions provided are meant to enhance campus experiences for graduate students in the long term. We discuss the unique challenges faced by graduate students, their impacts on mental health, and the importance of addressing pre-existing conditions in campus life.

Content and recommendations from the CICMH-Graduate-Student-Mental-Health_Toolkit will be explored and discussed from the perspective of graduate students as well as those working in roles to support the success of graduate students.


Pearlyn Ng is a current MSc Management graduate student at Ryerson University and the author of CICMH’s Graduate Student Mental Health Toolkit. She has previously worked in clinical and community-based mental health organizations and has an extensive background in health promotion, public health and integrated knowledge translation.

Keerthana Elankeeran is a Master of Social Work (MSW) student going into her second year at the University of Toronto’s Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work where she is focusing on Human Services Management and Leadership. Prior to her MSW, Keerthana completed her Bachelors of Science in Mental Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Keerthana has previously worked in clinical research and children’s/youth mental health.

Dr. Melanie-Anne Atkins is the Acting Associate Director, Graduate Programs at Western University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. She earned her BScH (Life Sciences) from Queen’s University, and her BEd, MEd, and PhD in Education from Western University. In 2016, she led the creation and development of Western’s Wellness Education Centre into a student-led wellness education innovation hub, teaching evidence-based strategies to improve the mental health and wellness of the Western University community.

Graduate Student Mental Health Toolkit


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