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Message from the Dean: Mental health supports

Posted by Faculty of Graduate Studies on October 20, 2020 in News

A message from Marty Leonard, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies:

Dear All,

This time of year can be tough. We see less of the sun, and courses and research ramp up. COVID-19 has also limited our ability to connect in person and forced us to spend more time online. It’s a mix that can leave many of us feeling exhausted and stressed.
I wanted to take a moment to assure you that you’re not alone. Graduate students experience unique mental health challenges and the percentage of those who report needing support is significant.
This is why our partners at Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness have created an online weekly Graduate Student Drop-In Support Group specifically for your needs, beginning today at 12 p.m.
The group, facilitated by professional counsellors Drs. Susan Lavoie and Heather Patterson, will focus on the needs of those who attend and cover topics like imposter syndrome, procrastination, school/life balance and supervisory relationships. You’ll connect with other grad students and learn from each other's experiences.
To register, write to Once you are registered, you will be able to attend sessions every week.
It is also important to note that Dalhousie provides a variety of other health and wellness supports and resources to help you maintain your well-being, including:

Same day counselling appointments (See under the heading “Types of appointments”);
Peer support opportunities; and 
Online mental health support.  

If you feel like you could use support, please don’t wait.
Best regards,
Dean Marty Leonard
Faculty of Graduate Studies