What Students Are Saying

This program was what got me excited about attending U of T.

It was refreshing to see a big Western university putting value on intersectional knowledge that is not centered around the Western world, and that encouraged diverse discussion of mental health that values community kindness and inclusion.

Jackie

BPMH student

As a U of T alum and now grad student in clinical psychology, I can say that the courses and instruction offered through New College were formative not just to my career but to my identity.

I saw it as a remarkable home for passionate, wise instructors.

I can think of so many friends and colleagues who have described their time with these courses as nothing short of life-changing.

James

Program alum

BPMH is part of why I have chosen UofT…. It is not only an academic program; it plays a role in helping students, the wider community and even global mental health.

U of T, as a leading university, should care about something like this.

Sophia

Program student

The BPMH program is a very unique offering, compared to what’s available here at the University of Toronto and at many other institutions.

Given that research and academia is heading towards greater interdisciplinary collaboration, this program is positioned for growth and success in the evolving landscape of education.

I know that I am not alone when I say that the BPMH program is central to my undergraduate plans.

Program student

Opportunities to harmonize academic knowledge with practical applications for living a fulfilling life are rare within the university milieu. This program stands as a beacon of such balance, offering a unique space where academic rigor met with practical wisdom.

It is an oasis for those of us seeking not just knowledge, but transformation.

The program’s value cannot be overstated—it is indeed a diamond in the rough, one that must be preserved for the enrichment it brings to its students and the broader community.

Program student

BPMH program equips students with the skills necessary to conduct meaningful, rigorous, and ethical scientific inquiry that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.

This program and its faculty stand as an exemplar for fostering a sense of responsibility in the ethical and rigorous pursuit and application of knowledge.

Program student

Help Us Protect Our Program Now

Work with us to ensure the sustainability of BPMH

Created in response to the November 2023 administrative recommendation to close the BPMH program, the Dossier contains 77 letters of support from current and past BPMH students, plus letters of support from 42 local and international scientists, scholars, and community members.
Stories about BPMH begin to appear in the press, including the major international magazine Lion's Roar
Yesterday several students attended the New College Academic Affairs meeting. BPMH was the first agenda item for this meeting. Several students spoke about the impact this situation has had on them. It seems possible that the administration may now be shifting its position.
We are writing to provide a summary and response following our recent meeting, during which several significant points regarding the ongoing process came up.
On November 30, students are planning a sit-in on campus, motivated by their coursework on Buddhist activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and “father of mindfulness,” Thích Nhất Hạnh. 
Faculty and students were shocked by this sudden news, and by the total absence of any faculty or student consultation. We are asking the Faulty of Arts & Science to revisit their decision about this program and undertake a thorough process of consultation.
What is PATH?

We travel together and connected

In Fall 2022, a team of students and professors in the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program started a peer support network for our student community. We develop and implement plans for mental health and well-being support, and receive and share training in peer support strategies.

Portfolio of Student Work

Our PATH network platforms student art and creative work from Speak-Listen-Live and other course projects