The University of Toronto's Official Mental Health Magazine

  • About Elemental

    Spearheaded by Grad Minds, Elemental is the official tri-campus mental health magazine at the University of Toronto with contributions from students, staff, and faculty.


    The initiative is aimed at promoting mental health awareness and fostering a strong community of support at the University and beyond through an educational, collaborative, and empowering communication platform.

  • Current Issue: Nutrition / Eating Disorders

    Check out these articles for a sneak peek of our next issue coming out January 24th, 2020!

    Dr. Milena Braticevic holds a PhD in Integral Health from the California Institute for Human Science. Her research focuses on exploring strategies for mental health development and the prevention of depression and anxiety. Her research explores how increasing awareness of non-duality and the...
    Eating disorders come in different types and forms. Individuals with eating disorders can experience different symptoms even if they have the same disorder. As such, various treatment programs are often used to help patients. Toronto General Hospital (part of the University Health Network) offers...
    Recently I had the pleasure to interview Alexandra Venger, a Registered Dietitian who is currently working with an NGO in Tanzania to reduce childhood malnutrition. Considering her strong background in nutrition and her experience seeing patients that struggle with disordered eating, I was...
    Danielle Lawrence is the Practice Coordinator for UofT’s Secondary Prevention and Rehabilitation Kinesiology (SPARK) program, an on-campus program facilitated by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. SPARK is a 10-12 week program, where UofT students experiencing high stress or...
    It seems that every time we open social media, we are bombarded with a new health trend that promises us glowing skin, weight loss, and unlimited energy. But what evidence exists to back up these claims? In this article, we’ll examine three popular trends to see whether they are worth...
    The importance of food is obvious—it provides energy and nutrients for our bodies to grow and develop in order to be active and healthy. Eating certain foods, however, can lead to poor physical health conditions such as heart disease, type II diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. But what...
    Jay Walker is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Jay completed a Master of Counselling Psychology through Athabasca University, where his research focused on areas of gender identity, body image, exercise, and eating disorders....
  • Positions Available

    We're now recruiting journalists for Issue 6!

    Journalists (~5 positions available)

    • Journalists will work collaboratively with a diverse group of students, faculty, and community partners to contribute informative and thought-provoking content
    • Will work closely with the Executive Editors, attend editorial meetings, and generate ideas for themes, stories, and feature articles 
    • Produce content that is properly formatted and written in an open-minded, sensitive, and respectful tone 
    • Carry out interviews and accurately transcribe info in a clear and concise manner
    • Read, research, and verify content info, and coordinate photographers to interviews
    • Journalists will work closely with the Executive Editors in ensuring that content deadlines are met and up to formatting standard 

    To apply, please send a cover letter (one page) and a brief resumé (max. two pages) to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by Monday, January 20th, 2020.

  • Past Issues

    The Complete Elemental Archive

    Winter 2017

    This issue provides a glimpse into how the University is actively addressing and promoting mental health on campus through a variety of tailored and timely supports. We hear about developments in UTSG’s Health and Wellness Centre and UTSC’s Flourish Program, alongside more specific initiatives at the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Brenda Toner highlights the benefits of mindful meditation while Dr. Allan Kaplan discusses the genetics behind eating disorders. We hear about community activists and organizations, and the importance of self-care and the brain boosting power of exercise, as well as strategies to navigate imposter phenomenon and more.

    Fall 2018

    In this issue, Sophie Trudeau talks about the impact of starting a conversation around mental health and the importance of self-care in academia. Dr. Norman Farb explains the connection between mindfulness and depression, and Director Curt Jaimungal discusses the film “I’m Okay,” which portrays depression as an anti-romantic comedy. Professors Catherine Sabiston and Michelle French speak on the benefits of exercise and mental health, and Julie Audet discusses the development of mental health strategies at the Faculty of Engineering. We also hear from UofT’s Jack.org chapter on improving mental health education and resources, as well as the Faculty of Pharmacy on incorporating lived experience into courses.

    Spring 2019

    In this issue, we explore anxiety as it presents itself at the University of Toronto and higher education ecosystem – through the perspectives of students, staff, faculty and within the greater Toronto community. We learn about ways to tackle anxieties in undergraduate and graduate school, including ways to talk to professors about anxiety, practical methods for de-stressing, and the impacts of technology and the media on mental health. We also hear about the various therapeutic approaches to treating anxiety, including cognitive behavioural therapy from Dr. Khush Amaria, a Senior Clinical Director from CBT Associates, research in alternative treatments from Dr. Martin Antony, the Director of Anxiety Research and Treatment at Ryerson University, as well as a discussion with clinical psychologist Dr. Lance Hawley, on ways to manage OCD through mindfulness, self-compassion, and acceptance.

    Fall 2019

    Substance use and addiction are thought to exist on a spectrum, with a multitude of biological, psychological, and social contributing factors at play. In a University context, students are susceptible to high levels of stress and may engage in substance use as a means of coping or temporary escape. One important factor to consider is how mental health and addictions impact one another. In this issue, Dr. Tony George, Professor and Clinician Scientist at CAMH, discusses the link between mental illness and addiction. Dr. Jose Trigo, Neuroscientist at CAMH, discusses some of the risk factors associated with cannabis use and debunks some of the biggest myths surrounding substance use disorders. Dr. Julianne Vandevoort, psychologist at CAMH, discusses available psychotherapy treatments for cannabis use disorder and some of the challenges associated with treatment. We also explore the impact of social pressures on substance use in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, as well as substance use in Indigenous communities and the need for culturally sensitive treatment approaches.

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