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Graduate Mental Health Survey Results

The Faculty of Graduate Studies in partnership with the Campus Mental Health Strategy worked towards gathering students’ mental health and well-being at the University of Calgary.

The results are in! Read on to learn more about what the goals of this survey were, what we found, and what we are doing to move forward.

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Graduate Student Mental Health Survey Results Wheel

From start to finish, learn more about the steps we took to ask students about their mental health and overall wellbeing. Starting with test metrics and ending with next steps, learn more about each section of this streamlined explanation of the survey.

Using email and an online format, we used surveys, focus groups and open ended questions to gather data. Slices 2, 3 and 4 all focus on the results that we gathered.

Our results gathered information about demographics like faculty, degree stream, residency, gender, age, campus, student status and more.

Circumstances include both professional and personal. Student's confidence in their financial and food security along with supervisor relations are under this umbrella.

The primary purpose of this survey was to learn about the mental health and wellbeing of students at UCalgary. Here we learned about overall mental health, student's awareness of current resources, harassment experience, satisfaction with mental health services and more. 

Now that we have gathered this data, it is important to use it and work on gaps within resources, graduate supports, and help induce systematic change and improve the student experience.

Resources for Graduate Students

There are many resources out there for graduate students to access. Learn more some of them available to you here.

The Graduate Student Association has an extensive list of bursaries and aid for students in need.Check out their website to learn more.

The University of Calgary is dedicated to helping students with mental health. With direct access services like peer listening, self-help resources, workshops and educational groups, there are are many resources for students. Learn more through wellness services.

The SU Campus Food Bank, administered through SU Volunteer Services, provides a  seven day emergency food relief service to the campus community. This relief is provided through nutritionally sound hampers in accordance with the Canada Food Guide along with information to clients regarding resources available on and off-campus.

If you are working with a supervisor, follow the best practices outlined on this website and complete the student-supervisor checklist two months after starting your program.