Grad Minds News – January 2021

Grad Minds Workshop: Conquering Your Anxiety – COVID-19 Edition

Being in the middle of a pandemic means we are using a lot more of our internal resources to manage the uncertainty of the day-to-day. As a result, we can feel more stressed and more anxious than before trying to adapt to this new normal. This workshop will provide a deeper understanding of why we’re more anxious during periods of uncertainty and change, provide tools we can use to cope with the anxiety, and explore additional supports during these challenging times.
Date: Thursday, January 14 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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Call for Student Advisory Committee Applications

Are you passionate about improving campus mental health through collaborative research? In response to a final report released by the University of Toronto’s Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health, a new Student and Youth Mental Health Research Initiative is being formed. There is a call for applications seeking a minimum of six students representing each of the three U of T campuses, who are experts in youth and/or student mental health to join the Student Advisory Committee. The advisory committee will support the development of a network focused on research-informed, evidence-based solutions to challenges brought forward by the task force. The deadline for applications is January 11, 2021. For more information and to apply, click here.

Grad Minds Power Yoga Vinyasa Class with Gabrielle Forget

Gabrielle’s Zoom Power Yoga classes with Grad Minds are Power Yoga vinyasa classes, with a short meditation at the beginning or the end. These classes are designed for all levels and for everybody. No matter whether you have never practiced yoga before, or if you have been practicing for years, all are welcome! In a Power Yoga class, you will move, breathe, flow, sweat, challenge yourself, and become stronger. Take the class at your own pace, and modify, upgrade, or take breaks as needed. These 60-minute classes allow you to step out of your day and onto your mat for an hour of movement, mindfulness, and fun! For more info about Gabrielle, click here. Registration is required for this event. Please register using the Eventbrite link.

Date: Monday, January 18th @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PMEventbrite Link:

7-Day Mindfulness Challenge Begins!

Student Life at the University of Toronto is hosting a 7-day mindfulness challenge! For 20 minutes each day, you’ll have the opportunity to practice mindfulness at your own pace – and connect with other students at the university. 
Date: Monday, January 11th @ 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM

To Register:

Understanding Your Health Insurance Plans: International Grads

Are you a new international graduate student at the University of Toronto? Want to learn more about how to get the most out of your benefits and the different health insurance plans? Student Life at U of T is hosting an info session that goes over the basics of your UHIP and supplementary Health and Dental plans, as well as some elements of the healthcare system in Canada. 
Date: Tuesday, January 12th @ 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM 

To Register:

Grad Minds #ShareYourStory Initiative

Everyone has a story to share. Stories are powerful because they bring us together. They let us know that there are others out there who may have or are currently going through similar struggles.  Grad Minds is building a collection of stories that aim to inspire, give hope, and empower graduate students on their wellness journey. This is an opportunity for you to #ShareYourStory. There are no rules or requirements. Submissions can be anonymous. The stories will be published on the Grad Minds story webpage. To submit your story, visit

Grad Minds COVID-19 Resource Page

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched each and everyone one of us in many aspects and varying degrees. Grad Minds is dedicated to providing you with the necessary resources that aid in the coping, mitigation, and alleviation of emotional distress during these times. Be sure to check out our new COVID-19 resource page on our website!

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