Following the tragic events in Nova Scotia

As residents of the Portapique community in Nova Scotia cope in the aftermath of Saturday’s tragic shootings, please know that your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available for you and your family.

A crisis or a traumatic event can trigger overwhelming emotional responses. Remember that the immediate and confidential EFAP services are accessible 24/7/365 by calling 1.844.880.9142 or visiting The website features additional information and tips on coping with trauma.

Crisis Support Line now open
While the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) help line is open for eligible employees, Morneau Shepell has also opened a Crisis Support Line for anyone in the community in need of emotional support in relation to these events. The Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached at: 1-844-751-2133.  By calling, individuals will receive professional emotional support and/or referral to community resources.


Many of you are understandably anxious about COVID-19 and the unknowns it poses, but by staying informed and following basic prevention tips you can help to keep you, your loved ones and our community safe.

Prevention tips:
  • Wash your hands often
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces e.g. keyboards, phones etc.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact and cover your cough or sneeze, and
  • Stay home if you feel unwell

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. Please visit the University's dedicated COVID-19 website for information.

If you are a student in need of assistance, please visit here for resources.

If you believe you are dealing with someone in distress, we have resources that can assist you. Visit the Faculty and/or Staff resource pages for more information.

York University is committed to a mentally healthy campus.

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 2017-2018 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.