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The Student Union is hosting a Pride Party in collaboration with the Student Wellness Centre, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives at OCADU, and PROUD U Collective.

On Wednesday June 22nd joining us in Butterfield Park from 3 - 6pm for an afternoon full of Pride fun. 2SLGBTQ+ identifying members of the OCAD community and allies are invited to enjoy free food, activities, and a live drag performance.

Join Us for a pride party Come out for the chance to win gift cards to Glad Day Bookshop and Come As You Are sex shop! We hope to see you there.

Contribute to the Pride Playlist! Click here to collaborate with other community members to build a playlist as vibrant and diverse as our campus. 

Illustrated Poster by Khang Do 2022

Thanks to our sponsors OCADU SWC, ODESI, and PROUD U Collective

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The Student Union is hosting a Pride Party in collaboration with the Student Wellness Centre, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives at OCADU, and PROUD U Collective. Join us June 22 in Butterfield Park between 3pm-6pm. 
 

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Meet the folks at the Student Wellness Centre 

The Student Wellness Centre (SWC) is OCAD University's one-stop shop for student accessibility, counselling, sexual violence support, resources, art therapy and health care.  
 
The SWC’s programs and services are responsive to issues relating to gender, race, age, culture, ability, sexual orientation, income and faith. Their team works to ensure your time at OCAD U is positive and fulfilling and to help you maintain optimal physical and mental well-being while pursuing your post-secondary education. 

Staff at the Centre are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide comprehensive medical and supportive care. While most services are delivered virtually at this time, some in-person appointments are available. To access SWC's programs, appointments and resources students are invited to contact swc@ocadu.ca or call 416-977-6000 ext. 260 or 339 during operating hours.

The Student Wellness Centre has recently welcomed new members to the team and has also seen existing staff shift to new positions. Plus, the Centre is hiring another five employees, including a Student Wellness Coordinator and Student Wellness Community Worker.

Get to know the Centre’s staff who are here and excited to support you all year round!

Kwaku Agyeman  
kagyeman@ocadu.ca
Black Student Counsellor & Practice Lead 

A male-indentified staff member at the SWC, with a warm smile and wearing a houndstooth suit jacket

Kwaku (he/him) is a practicing Registered Psychotherapist who specializes in offering collaborative individual and relational therapy services. Kwaku is a second-generation Ghanaian-Canadian clinician who grew up in Toronto, and values how one’s social identities affect mental health, relational and day-to-day experiences. As the Black Student Counsellor, he utilizes strength-based, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and anti-racist lenses alongside evidence-informed therapy models. As Practice Lead, he advocates for equitable and accessible counselling and case management services for OCAD U students. He believes equitable and accessible services are important in  supporting and enhancing student experience. 

Praanee Chandrasegaram
pchandrasegaram@ocadu.ca
Peer Support Facilitator  
A person with glasses wearing a burgundy sweatshirt. Praanee (she/they) works collaboratively with students to build on existing wellness initiatives at OCAD U and explore new ways to support the student community. Pranee, who is queer and South Asian, grew up in York Region and enjoys going to concerts, exploring art galleries, trying out new places to eat and meeting new people! Praanee looks forward to working collaboratively with the OCAD U community and to meaningfully engage the student population. 
 
Dean Davis
ddavis@ocadu.ca
Student Wellness Counsellor 
A photo of a person grinning with a septum piercing wearing a button up shirt Dean (they/them) is an art therapist, psychotherapist and OCAD U alumnus. They value working collaboratively with students to find ways to approach therapy and to support creativity that works best for them. Dean is a white, nonbinary, queer person, who has been living in Toronto and working in the arts community for over a decade. As a Student Wellness Counsellor, Dean works from a student-centred, trauma-informed and intersectional perspective, and looks forward to having deep discussions that support students in their self-exploration and personal healing. 
Tegh Dhindsa
tdhindsa@ocadu.ca
Sexual Violence Response Coordinator 
A photo of a person with a red top on, gold earrings, red eye shadow and a nose ring. Tegh (they/them) works closely with the Student Wellness Centre, students and OCAD University community to provide direct services related to sexual violence prevention, education and support. They work to create a client-centred, trauma-informed, confidential, safe(r), inclusive, non-judgmental space for survivors to find support, information and guidance on resources, accommodations and reporting options. Tegh centres Black, Indigenous and racialized survivors in their healing while decolonizing spaces through education.  
Cindy Kwong
ckwong@ocadu.ca
International Student Wellness Community Worker
A woman in a hat sits on the ground in a forest in the Fall. Through case management services including system navigation, information and referrals and supportive counselling, Cindy (she/her) walks alongside international students to support their health and well-being. Cindy is a registered social worker and expressive arts therapist (candidate), who infuses play, curiosity and body wisdom into her work with humility, accountability and collaboration. Outside of work (and even during), Cindy loves getting lost in the sensory wonders of ordinary life and welcomes others to come along!  
Alex McLaren
amclaren@ocadu.ca
Student Wellness Community Worker
An image of a person wearing a winter hat. Alex (they/them) is a proud alumnus of OCAD University and recipient of the Diversity and Excellence Award for curating the exhibition Spectrum: A Vision for Mental Health in 2014. They possess experience as an Art History Teaching Assistant, a Student Union Representative, Peer Support Facilitator and as an emerging artist and curator. Alex offers students case management, community referrals and counselling with a focus on harm reduction and intersectionality. 
Andres Navas Suarez 
andres.navas.suarez@ocadu.ca
Student Navigator
An image of a male-identified staff members at the SWC w/ facial hair, a dark t-shirt and a backwards baseball hat.

Andres Navas Suarez was born in Columbia and is majoring in Graphic Design at OCAD University. In his role at the Student Wellness Centre Andres supports student engagement and outreach. He also collaboratively creates and facilitates events on-campus and online with students and staff. 

   

 

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Mental Health Services at the Student Wellness Centre: 
A Cheat Sheet 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging, not least for our community's mental health. Fortunately, OCAD U’s Student Wellness Centre (SWC) offers a range of free and confidential services to support you through the pandemic and to help you maintain your mental well-being.   

Student Wellness Centre staff are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide comprehensive medical and supportive care for your mental health.  While most services are delivered virtually at this time, some in-person appointments are available. 
 
Students may connect with accessibility advisors, counsellors, peers, community workers and doctors primarily over email, phone and video. Get to know the team at the Centre by reading about their roles and experience.

Check out the Student Wellness Centre’s services listed below. More detailed information about the SWC can be found on their website
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Virtual Counselling Appointments at the Student Wellness Centre 

Counselling at the Student Wellness Centre is free. Our Counsellors and Community Workers provide virtual one-on-one sessions that can be carried out on Teams or by phone. Appointments can be booked two weeks in advance.  
 
Book a virtual appointment for a: 
First time counselling session (50 minutes) 
Counselling session (30 minutes) 
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Accessing the SWC Family Doctor  

The family doctor at the Centre is available to diagnose and treat many mental health concerns. Additionally, the family doctor can refer students to the Centre's psychiatrist when deemed necessary.
 
Book an appointment with the family doctor at the Student Wellness Centre: 

  • The Centre’s family doctor is available for virtual and phone appointments. 

  • There are a limited number of same day urgent appointments available each day. Please email first thing in the morning for these appointments as they are booked on a first come first served basis.  

  • More information about in-person appointments with the family doctor can be found on the Centre’s website.  

  • During this unprecedented time, the family doctor only has the authority to provide medical services to students currently living in Ontario. We encourage you to seek healthcare where you are located. 

Contact:
Email: swc@ocadu.ca  
Call: 416-977-6000, ext. 260 
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Accessing the Psychiatrist 

The key role of the psychiatrist at the Student Wellness Centre is to provide a one-time diagnostic and/or medication consultation. Psychiatry appointments are covered by OHIP/UHIP and referrals are made at the discretion of the SWC family doctor. 
 
Start by booking an appointment with the family doctor at the Student Wellness Centre by emailing swc@ocadu.ca or calling 416-977-6000, ext. 260.  
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Virtual Counselling Appointments available through  keep.meSAFE 

As an OCAD U student you have free access to unlimited virtual services from keep.meSAFE, a platform that specializes in the mental well-being of university students like you. They offer a range of mental health services at all times of the day. You must login online or download the keep.meSAFE app (via the Apple App Store or Google Play) to access the platform’s non-urgent care services.  
   
keep.meSAFE Services: 

  • Urgent, real-time support any time over the phone at 1-800-451-9700. 

  • Virtual walk-in counselling sessions through chat or phone, available in many languages, 24 hours a day. 

  • Appointment-based support via phone, video and in-person. 

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Crisis Support at the Student Wellness Centre 

The Student Wellness Centre offers crisis intervention support. If you or a friend are experiencing an emotional crisis such as feeling overwhelmed, frightened, confused, depressed, hopeless or suicidal, we are here to help. Our biggest priority is to ensure that you are safe. 

  • If you have already seen a counsellor at the Centre you can email or call the SWC to request an urgent appointment with that counsellor.  

  • If you have never been to the Student Wellness Centre you can email or call the SWC to request an urgent appointment.  

  • The SWC is committed to being as responsive as possible and does their best to respond to all requests. 

Contact:
Email: swc@ocadu.ca  
Call: 416-977-6000, ext. 260, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

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Crisis Support Outside of the Centre’s Hours 

If you are in need of urgent, real-time support outside of the Centre’s operating hours you can contact Good2Talk. They are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and specifically help post-secondary students in crisis. 
 
Contact:
Phone: 1-866-925-5454  
Text: 686868 
Web: https://good2talk.ca/ontario 

There are many more resources available for students seeking urgent support. Find out more on the Student Wellness Centre’s blog.   
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Connect with an Accessibility Advisor  

Do you have a question or concern about accessibility or accommodations? You can chat live with an Accessibility Advisor from the Student Wellness Centre or book an appointment for a longer conversation. 

Drop-in Teams Chat: 
1 to 2 p.m. 
Tuesdays and Thursdays 
 
Book an appointment: 

Email: studentaccessibility@ocadu.ca  
Call: 416-977-6000, ext. 339 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday 

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