UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LITERARY AND ATHLETIC SOCIETY STUDENT SUPPORT
Last Updated: 3/1/2021
A message from the President of the University College Literary & Athletic Council:
CW: harm against BIPOC
White people and the colonial institutions which they created continue to control and ignore the racism which permeates our university and national culture. It is not enough to issue statements, and it is not enough to put off our action to a later date.
We, white people, must take up the burden of responsibility and use our social and legal privilege to create a just future for BIPOC. We must become educated on the unjust judicial systems which disproportionately incarcerate, victimize, and perpetuate poverty in BIPOC. Within the institutions which welcome us with open arms but which murder, assault, and take advantage of everyone else, we must dismantle and remake in the service of BIPOC.
What follows on the first few pages of this document is information for students and community members which work directly with or benefit BIPOC, the advocacy of judicial and social change, or community engagements which do both.
The following resources were produced by BIPOC individuals to explain their lived experience for the benefit of white people. White people must respect the trauma, experiences, and pain that embeds this information, which has come from the time and space that our community members have spent teaching and educating individuals, by making good on our claims to support black, indigenous, and all other people of colour with deliberate action, mutual aid, and direct forms of resistance.
It is not enough to simply be informed, or to care. This is and has been a call to action.
Liam P. Bryant
President, UC Lit 2020-2021
MOVEMENT/GROUP-SPECIFIC EXTERNAL RESOURCES
MEDIA AND EDUCATION
Thank you to Leap U of T and SMSCU for providing resources for this list.
If you have any questions, concerns or additional resources to be added on to this document, please feel free to contact us via our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/universitycollegelit/ or Instagram (@uclit_uoft).
1. Emergency Undergraduate Grant for “needs associated with an educational program and unexpected costs incurred by students as a direct result of COVID-19. Expenses that may be considered include living costs, travel home, moving costs, and other exceptional needs.”
2. UTSU Bursaries and Grants for a variety of needs.
3. Employment Insurance through the Government of Canada
4. Emergency Response Benefit through the Government of Canada
5. ASSU Emergency Fund for "current full-time, Arts & Science U of T undergraduate domestic and international students impacted by COVID-19 and who need immediate short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses. The grant amount is $250."
6. You can also email the UC Registrar for any other specific needs that are not covered by one of the aforementioned bursaries or grants at email@example.com
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES
My Student Support Program (MySSP) provides University of Toronto students with immediate and/or ongoing confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost to students. You can call or chat with a counsellor directly from your phone whenever, wherever you are for a range of concerns. Students who use MySSP still have access to existing campus and community mental health services; MySSP is an additional support service.
You can also access the service 24/7 by calling 1-844-451-9700. Outside of North America, call 001-416-380-6578.
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES CONT’D
The resources which follow are not affiliated with the University of Toronto, but are mental health resources (either online as a temporary measure during the pandemic, or typically) which students can access using their coverage by the University Health Insurance Plan, OHIP, or with private insurance. They are notably low-cost mental health services in and around the GTA. If a service is geared towards a certain age range, gender, ethnicity, or some other group identity, it will be noted.
Some services require an appointment, and others have ‘walk-ins’ available.
The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) administered by the UTSU is covering virtual appointments made by healthcare practitioners which the plan covers. Please read about it in their COVD-19 update here.
The UHIP covers up to fifteen (15) sessions in a policy year (Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2020; Sept. 1 2020 – Aug. 31st 2021), up to $100 a session. Any counsellor is qualified to be covered by UHIP within these limits so long as they hold either a MSW (Master’s of Social Work) or are a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or clinical counsellor, or both. This information can be found on the practitioner’s website or through contacting their office.
If you have undergone a counselling session in the above policy year, you can still submit your claims to Desjardins; get in touch if you need help below. The new policy year went into effect on September 1st, 2020, renewing the fifteen (15) sessions and coverage provided by UHIP.
Additionally, the Studentcare Psychology Network offers video appointments through the PsyVitalitï partnership, which has a reduced cost in addition to UHIP coverage; both apply.
All of the information in the above paragraph can be found here.
Services which may accept UHIP coverage include:
Cost: $40-$70/session (billed monthly)
Cost: $40-$70/session (billed monthly)
Cost: starts at $39.96/week (including 20% discount first month)
Cost: Starts at $65/week
Cost: sliding scale, $50-$80/session
Cost: Free, several options available at varying times.
Call the phone number provided on the location’s website for a phone session.
May have age restrictions for youth depending on the site (i.e., some end at 24, some up to 29). Call to confirm.
Additional Hotlines for Specific Communities
Kids Help Phone (24/7 counselling support Canada-wide)
Text: text CONNECT to 686868
Online chat: https://kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat/
Trans Lifeline (peer support by and for trans people)
Phone: 1-877-330-6366 (10am-4am EST)
LGBT YouthLine (peer support for LGBTTQQ2SI+ youth)
Text: 647-694-4275 (4-9:30pm Sun-Fri)
Online chat: https://www.youthline.ca/ (4-9:30pm Sun-Fri)
These resources courtesy of (and compiled by) Toronto CareMongering user Emily Anne.
For any and all questions about the current term, contact the college registrar. They can provide academic counselling, assistance, and work with your professors/courses to accommodate you in this extenuating circumstance. The registrar’s office is providing support exclusively through phone and email at this time.
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