Mental Health: Experience to Understanding (PSYC*1400)

PSYC*1400 is a credit course that may count towards your degree. It is designed for students diagnosed with a mental health issues and is offered jointly through the Department of Psychology and Student Accessibility Services (SAS). It usually runs in the winter semester each year.

We recommend this course for students who wish to increase their understanding of mental health issues and to learn strategies to successfully complete their own academic studies.

Lectures introduce students to:

  • The transition to university as a common major life stressor

  • Stress management and coping strategies

  • 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

If you're interested in more information, please see this sample course outline.


Students must

  • be registered with Student Accessibility Services
  • have documentation of pre-existing mental health issues from a certified professional

We may also ask to discuss with you the dynamics of the course to ensure it meets your learning goals.

Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their program counsellor 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, nor is it 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.


Applications for this course will be available in October. Talk to your SAS advisor for more information. 

Space is limited, and not everyone who applies gets in.