Hi Everyone! 

My name is Nate Ort, I am a graduate student in the Department of Plant Science here at the University of Manitoba. I had communicated this message to graduate students in my department, and Martha suggested I pass it along to you as well. Furthermore, I encourage you to share this with other students, professors, advisors or anyone. I am open and honest with my mental health, and have no problem sharing my story. 

A service at the U of M that I became aware of earlier this year is the Psychological Service Centre. The Psychological Service Centre is a training clinic for Clinical Psychology Graduate Students enrolled at the University of Manitoba. All services are provided at no charge. This is something that I started going to a few months ago to address symptoms of anxiety disorder. It is easily one of the best things I have ever done. I believe that taking care of yourself, and your mental health should be everyone’s top priority. 

Below are links for more information, or to download the referral form (which I believe must be submitted in person). If you have any questions about the program please reach out to them; however, if you feel comfortable speaking to me about it I am more than happy to share my experience with anxiety and the PSC service. In academia these issues are all around us, and almost no one is talking about them. 

If your mental health has been impacted by academia, or your mental health is effecting your school work - you are not alone. 


To apply / join the wait list: 



Nathaniel Ort
Graduate Student (M.Sc)
Department of Plant Science
222 Agriculture Building – 66 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada
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