Helping Ontario's colleges and universities enhance capacity to support student mental health and well-being

Funding boosts mental-health worker training...

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Vancouver Island University has received over $66,000 in one-time funding for 12 spaces in its Community Mental Health Worker certificate program, as part of a province-wide initiative to provide additional support for shortterm health education programs. "The program from this targeted funding will help VIU students gain skills and prepare for a career in a job where there is current demand,"...


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Mental health efforts backed by Jack.org...

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Mental health is a topic gaining traction on campuses across Canada, and a big reason for that change is Jack.org. Student-led, student-organized and student-driven, Jack.org is a group that’s dedicated to opening up the conversation about mental health and is encouraging young people to practice good self-care and to look out for their peers. Present on Queen’s campus for four years...


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Brock takes leading role in new mental health initiative...

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Mental health among post-secondary students has become a serious issue on campuses across Ontario. Student health centres are reporting greater numbers of students experiencing a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, stress, anxiety or self-harm. In response, Brock University...


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Teens talk mental health in Ottawa

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Three students from R.D. Parker Collegiate travelled to Ottawa in November to take part in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s HeadSTRONG program, an initiative to help destigmatize discussion of mental health among students and youth. From Nov. 16 until Nov. 21, students from all across Canada came together in Ottawa to listen to different speakers, and discuss how the stigma can...


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230,000 Ontario adults considered suicide in 2013: CAMH...

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A new study from Canada’s largest mental health and addiction research centre suggests more than 230,000 Ontario adults “seriously contemplated suicide” in 2013. The Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says that amounted to 2.3 per cent of Ontario’s adult population. CAMH says its mental health survey, started in 1977, was based on responses from 3,021 Ontario adults...


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Veterans Affairs shed staff despite increased mental-health risks...

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The department of beleaguered Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino shed nearly a quarter of its work force over the past five years even as bureaucrats warned that the changes could put the delivery of services to veterans and their families at risk. The downsizing occurred at a time when soldiers were returning home from Afghanistan with a myriad of physical and psychological injuries,...


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Mental-health survey suggests youth under increasing stress...

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An increasing number of adults have rated their own mental health as poor in the last five years, particularly young adults, say Ontario researchers who call it a troubling trend. In a survey of adults aged 18 or older in Ontario, 2.2 per cent said they had seriously contemplated suicide in the previous year, according to Thursday’s report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health...


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We are on the mental health care team...

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What follows is an open letter to The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins on the announcement of Phase 2 of the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy in Ontario.                         Dear Minister Hoskins:                         Youth in transition from secondary to post-secondary education or the working world deserve our attention....


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Unwind Your Mind teaches university students to de-stress...

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Kimberly Smith is in a rush. She juggles a cup of the coffee and a pile of textbooks in her gloved hands as she pushes through the doors to the medical library at the University of Alberta. Like many other students in December, she doesn’t have a lot of time to spare. By 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Smith has already finished two practical exams for her master’s degree in physical therapy....


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Ontario university students travel to Queen’s Park, meet with Ka...

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TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Student leaders representing over 140,000 undergraduate and professional students are traveling to Queen's Park to meet with Premier Kathleen Wynne, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, and the Opposition Leader (as well as party critics, MPPs, and Ministers) Representatives from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) will sit in more than sixty meetings...


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