PSYC*1400 Mental Health & Well-being

This is a credit course (may count towards your degree) that can be taken as an elective. This course is offered through a partnership between the Department of Psychology and Student Accessibility Services (SAS) for students diagnosed with mental health disability. It is anticipated that the course will be offered in the winter semester each year.

This course is recommended for students who wish to increase their understanding of mental health issues and to enhance their strategies and abilities to successfully complete their academic studies.

Lectures introduce students to:

  • Modern and postmodern theories of mental health & mental illness
  • The principles of systems theory and lifespan development
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives (social, psychological, neurobiological and nutritional sciences) on mental health
  • The transition to university as a common major life stressor
  • Stress management and coping strategies

If you're interested in more information, please have a look at this sample course outline from a previous year.


Students who wish to take this 0.5 credit course must be registered with Student Accessibility Services.  Professional documentation of pre-existing mental health disability is typically required, and we may request an opportunity to speak with you on the phone or in peson to discuss the dynamics in the course, and to ensure it meets your learning goals.

All students who wish to take this course are also encouraged to speak with their program counsellor in order to ensure it fits within their program of study as an elective.

Individuals who have taken PSYC*1300 are not eligible for this course. In addition, please note that this course is not considered treatment for a mental health condition, and is not an accommodation. Students will be selected on a number of criteria, including whether their learning goals are aligned with the objectives of the course. A number of spaces are reserved for first year students.


We are not currently accepting any additional applications for this course. The next time it is offered, we will post a link to the online application here. Note that there is typically more interest than there are spaces available.