In this the twelfth week of the labour disruption, we wanted to emphasize the importance of taking care of our physical, mental and emotional selves. During times of increased stress, it is essential to practice self-care.

Here are some tips and resources to help you during this labour disruption:

  • Be respectful to others and expect the same in return. There are varying opinions and perspectives on the strike. Remember to be kind, everyone’s doing their best. Also, remember that what we say and do can impact our relationships, and that will last beyond a labour disruption. If you are struggling with a colleague’s behaviour or your own, please speak with your manager/academic leader.

Support for managers and academic leaders. Our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offers People Leader Consultations free of charge to leaders with workplace and team challenges. For more information visit the Employee and Family Assistance Program in yu link.

  • Try to stay balanced. Even when it’s difficult to balance the demands of work and home, it’s always a good idea to take some time each day to do something that you enjoy— whether it’s exercise, a hobby, or a good book.
  • Take care of your physical well-being. There is a link between physical and mental health.  Eating well and staying active can help alleviate stress and fatigue. Try bringing a packed lunch instead buying. I you prefer buying, choose meals with lots of vegetables and protein to keep you going.  You can also use your lunch hour to take a walk, stretch, or hit Tait Mckenzie for a workout.
  • Reach out for support. If you have questions, or would like to get more information about self-care, please contact our EFAP. All services provided to York University employees are 100% confidential.

For more information visit the Employee and Family Assistance Program in yu link.


York University’s Mental Health Steering committee oversees an initiative that aims to promote a healthy, inclusive and supportive environment that fosters mental health and well-being among members of the York community. The initiative was developed on the premise that wellness is a necessary pre-condition to learning and working, and that physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, mental, and cultural and environmental health and learning are interdependent. Through a variety of education, training and awareness events, York University’s Mental Health and Wellness committee strives to promote a more holistic, and integrated approach to campus health that supports academic excellence, employee satisfaction and productivity, as well as the overall success of all York community members.

To learn more about how we are delivering on our Mental Health strategy, please read the  2016-17 Annual Report  for the Mental Health Strategy.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the community's  involvement in helping to identify areas of priority to focus on, and to thank them for their active participation in making York a mentally healthy campus.

Mental Health Steering Committee