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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Stepped Care

Stepped care model wheel diagramIn order to reduce wait times, improve access to resources, and create a more collaborative approach to mental health support, Ontario Tech University’s Mental Health Services has adopted a Stepped Care approach to service.  

What is Stepped Care?

Stepped Care is an approach to mental health service that uses the lowest level of intervention necessary to produce the most effective result.

Not all students who request mental health services require counselling support.  There are low-intensity supports such as self-help, peer support, workshops and groups that can facilitate positive mental health outcomes.  

Why Stepped Care?

The Stepped Care approach was introduced to reduce wait times for service, and to increase the likelihood that students receive a service that matches their needs.

What does Stepped Care look like at Ontario Tech?

We offer or connect students with mental health services of varying intensities, including self-help options, single session supports, peer support, workshops, groups, one-to-one therapy and specialized supports.  An initial meeting with a Student Wellness Coordinator will include an assessment of your needs, and options or recommendations based on the challenges you are facing.

How do I make an appointment with a Student Wellness Coordinator?