As of the 2016 GSA referendum, graduate students voted no to an increase in student services fees that would match that paid by the undergraduate students. As such, only undergraduate students are now serviced by the mental health counselors in the campus health center.
So what do I do if you need mental health help?
Right now you are covered under 2 coverage plans; the GSA ihaveaplan and the CUPE health care spending account, if you TA. Currently the CUPE plan does NOT cover mental health however they are trying to bargain for it this year so we’ll let you know if anything comes of that.
The GSA health plan covers you up to $300 per year ($50 per visit) for psychologists so you can use an online resource or go to a psychologist off campus and submit the required paperwork to get reimbursed for this. You can also get the ihaveaplan app to make this a little easier. Check out your full GSA Health coverage brochure here. Read here for more information on your coverage re: psychologists
Other Mental Health Resources
- Online Psychology Network – The GSA Mental Health Plan is partnered with PsyVitalitï in the Psychology Network, a group of psychologists who offer their services to students via secure online video conferencing at a preferred rate, so that Health Plan members can consult a psychologist in the privacy and comfort of their own home. You’ll receive a reduction on the cost of your visit in addition to your insured Health Plan coverage by using this resource. In order to receive the discount, just mention that you’re a student covered by a Plan administered by Studentcare when booking your consultation. You should also be ready to provide your name, student ID number, and address.
- Counselling Tips & Pamphlets – The student health and wellness center have a very large variety of counselling tips and pamphlets, in addition to a “mental health 101” guide. http://wellness.mcmaster.ca/resources/tips-and-pamphlets.html
- Community resources – such as
- Psychologists in the area – Remember that you are only covered if your psychologist has a M.S.W. https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/state/ON/Hamilton.html
- Campus Resources – There are some resources on campus that can still help with specific issues.
Human Rights and Equity Services, MUSC 212, Ext 27581
- Counselling for issues related to sexual assault, harassment, discrimination or stalking
Chaplaincy Centre, MUSC 231, Ext 24207
- Counselling on spiritual and cultural issues, bereavement and loss
Queer Students Community Centre, MUSC 221, Ext 27397
- Student peer support and resources around sexual orientation/ gender identity
International Student Service, GH 104, Ext 24748
- Consultation and support on concerns related to culture and ethnicity for international students
Ombuds Office, MUSC 210, Ext 24151
- Advice for students, staff and faculty on options and processes available to solve academic and non-academic concerns
Security Services, CUC 201, Ext 24281
- Consultation on issues of safety
- A grad student run initiative that organizes wellness & mental health workshops on campus for grad students.
Mad Student Society & Other Affiliated Networks,
The GSA now have a webpage dedicated to mental wellness http://gsa.mcmaster.ca/mental-wellness.html