Personal Crisis

How to Access Help

 

If you are having a personal crisis, please know that you are not alone and there are many individuals and resources that can help. If your health or safety, or that of someone else, is at risk, please call 911 or seek medical attention immediately.

 

Support Services

 

Please do not hesitate to contact your professional associations (as appropriate) or your Student Affairs or Wellness Centre at your respective academic institution.

 

St. Michael’s Hospital is proud to have a team of individuals who are on site to support all learners navigate challenging educational situations. If you are experiencing issues with your placement, the hospital, faculty/staff or another student, or have experienced any form of discrimination, harassment, and violence, we can help. Our Students Matter  Process offers learners the support and resources to address any issues brought forward.

 

For more information on our Students Matter  Process, click here.

 

Please feel free to contact any of our team members and the Student Centre @ (416) 864-6060 ext. 5700 should you need any support. Our hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-4:00PM (until 3:30PM on Fridays).

 

 

Dr. Molly Zirkle

Director, Undergraduate Medical Education & FitzGerald Academy

ZirkleM@smh.ca

Dr. Karl Iglar

Director, Postgraduate Medical Education

IglarK@smh.ca

Aimee Hindle, RT

Manager, Office of Academic Affairs: Health Disciplines

HindleAi@smh.ca

Sasha Miles, RD

Director, Clinical and Integrated Education

MilesS@smh.ca

Vanessa Chavez Prieto

Manager, Corporate Nursing Education

ChavezPrieVa@smh.ca

Dragana Markovic

Manager, Student Centre

MarkovicD@smh.ca

Wallace Dakwa

Systems Coordinator, Student Centre

DakwaW@smh.ca

Sonya Surbek

Education Coordinator, FitzGerald Academy

SurbekS@smh.ca

Carlos Mengual

Education Coordinator, Health Disciplines

MengualC@smh.ca

Cindy Chiu

Education Coordinator, Nursing

ChiuC@smh.ca

Lars Fonteyne

Education Coordinator, FitzGerald Academy

FonteyneL@smh.ca

Aaron Calano

Education Coordinator, FitzGerald Academy

CalanoA@smh.ca

Personal Crisis: After Hours Support

We believe that to provide excellent patient care you must first take care of yourself. There are many available resources at St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto available to you.

 

Crisis Text Line

 

  • Text 686868
  • www.crisistextline.ca
  • Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 686868 from anywhere in Canada to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.

 

2-1-1 Toronto

 

Free and confidential service that provides 24/7 access to a variety of resources including support services for medical crisis, mental health and addictions among others.

 

Gerstein Crisis Centre

 

A 24 hour community based mental health crisis service centre.

 

FeelingBetterNow®

 

The FeelingBetterNow® website is a collaborative mental health care program designed to help individuals identify emotional and mental health issues as early as possible. This Website is completely confidential and anonymous.

 

Free Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Sites Offering Interactive Sessions

 

Free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbooks

 

Go to www.comh.ca/selfcare and click on Self Care.

Workbooks include:

  • Positive Coping with Health Conditions
  • Antidepressant Skills
  • Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
  • Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide

Student Mistreatment

We are committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and violence for everyone, including students. Our team is here to listen, support, and guide those who have experienced or witnessed such incidents through our Students Matter  Process.

 

Based on the Ontario Human Rights Code and Ontario Occupational Health and Safety ActWorkplace Harassment  is defined as “Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome or workplace sexual harassment.”  Some examples are offensive or intimidating comments or jokes and bullying or aggressive behaviour.

 

If your health and safety or that of someone else’s is at risk, please call 911 or seek medical attention right away.

 

Feel free to contact any members of the Student Centre for any issues and concerns you may have.

Dr. Molly Zirkle

Director, Undergraduate Medical Education & FitzGerald Academy

ZirkleM@smh.ca

Dr. Karl Iglar

Director, Postgraduate Medical Education

IglarK@smh.ca

Aimee Hindle, RT

Manager, Office of Academic Affairs: Health Disciplines

HindleAi@smh.ca

Sasha Miles, RD

Manager, Student Centre & Office of Academic Affairs: Health Disciplines

MilesS@smh.ca

Vanessa Chavez Prieto

Manager, Corporate Nursing Education

ChavezPrieVa@smh.ca

Dragana Markovic

Team Leader

MarkovicD@smh.ca

Wallace Dakwa

Systems Coordinator, Student Centre

Dakwa@smh.ca

Sonya Surbek

Education Coordinator, FitzGerald Academy

SurbekS@smh.ca

Carlos Mengual

Education Coordinator, Health Disciplines

MengualC@smh.ca

Cindy Chiu

Education Coordinator, Nursing

ChiuC@smh.ca

Lars Fonteyne

Education Coordinator, FitzGerald Academy

FonteyneL@smh.ca

Aaron Calano

Education Coordinator, FitzGerald Academy

CalanoA@smh.ca

Workplace Injury

If you experience an injury while on placement please follow the steps below:

  1. Alert your supervisor/preceptor and seek medical assistance as required (local emergency room, family MD etc..).
  2. Ensure that your school/faculty is aware of your injury and any anticipated time off as a result of the injury.
  3. Ensure a Safety & Learning (Event Tracker) incident is completed.
  4. Collaborate with your supervisor/preceptor to negotiate your return to placement as required.

 

Needle Stick Injury Management

Contact: non-ugent

For non-urgent inquires or requests please feel free drop us a line and the Student Centre team will be sure to get back to you within 1-2 business days.

Email: studentcentre@smh.ca
Online Contact Form: Contact Us