Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture | Via
Earlier this month, the Graduate Architecture, Landscape, and Design Student Union (GALDSU), released the results of its first mental health survey conducted in the month of December 2013. The survey asked students to reflect on their experience at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, with questions ranging from sleeping habits to issues of physical and mental comfort. The survey forms part of GALDSU’s Mental Health Initiative and was developed in collaboration with a doctoral candidate of the Department of Psychology of the University of Toronto.
Architecture schools have a long standing reputation as pressure cookers, where constant deadlines and a drive for innovation have created an environment where all-nighters are glorified and isolation from the outside world is prevalent. The report, now available online, reaffirms that many aspects of this reputation are well deserved. A majority of students reported irregular sleep schedules, often pulling all-nighters to finish projects, regularly skipping meals, and rarely engaging in physical activity. Many students also reported feeling the faculty was not doing enough to address issues of mental health and over 50% of them had considered quitting the program.