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

Talking about mental illness isn’t enough...

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I’m all for ending the stigma surrounding mental illness — I’ve been diagnosed with clinical depression twice in my life. I applaud Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk Day” on Jan. 28, aimed at removing that stigma. I wrote about my experiences with depression last year and the response...


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Teens in more control during school-based suicide prevention...

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After a school-based prevention program, European teenagers were about half as likely to attempt suicide or to feel suicidal, a new study shows. Dr. Danuta Wasserman, a professor of psychiatry at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said the program was likely successful because students “felt...


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Graduate students call for student involvement in sexual assault polic...

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The Carleton University Graduate Students' Association (GSA) would like to commend Carleton University for its decision to develop a stand-alone policy to more adequately respond to sexual assault. This is an important step in combating the issues of sexual assault, rape culture, and gender-based violence on our campus. An effective policy will require extensive, meaningful involvement of...


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Mental Health Indicators for Canada

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To paint a picture of mental health in Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has developed 63 indicators reflecting mental health across the lifespan for children and youth, adults, and seniors. All indicators look at mental health in different settings, and report on aspects of services and supports used by people with mental illness. These indicators help health care professionals,...


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Cops left to fix mental health mess

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One year ago, as Ottawa was in the midst of another cold snap, I met a homeless man named JR. I met him while he was searching for pop cans in garbage bins downtown. He was middle-aged, from Aylmer, and he told me he was collecting cans so he could buy an ounce of gold. "I need to get some sugar spoons made," he said. "I know how much it's going to cost. I track the price of gold." I stood...


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The Mental Health Commission of Canada Is Stuck in Groundhog Day...

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What am I missing here? The Mental Health Commission of Canada has just released the first of two reports on indicators showing how poorly we treat those with mental illness in Canada. I really have to ask why, as this is something we already know. In May, 2006, the Canadian Senate released its study of mental health in Canada called Out of the Shadows At Last. What went into that report...


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Mental health report warns of stress, suicide risk in Canada...

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Click here to watch the following videos on Global News   WATCH: Marianne Dimain takes a closer look at how teens in Ontario deal with stress and mental health issues WATCH: Dr. David Schwartzbein offers tips on how parents can spot signs of stress in their children  WATCH: Jonny Morris from the Canadian Mental Health Association has more on the significance of this report     
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Stress of family caregiving red flagged...

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Many people caring for a chronically ill family member say they're very stressed, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. It's calling for better access to mental health treatment as a top priority. Thursday's interim report from the commission red flags the nearly 17 per cent...


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Ontario student group pushes Kathleen Wynne for sexual assault policie...

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Ontario’s largest student group is asking Premier Kathleen Wynne to push universities and colleges into adopting stand-alone sexual assault policies as well as mandatory education programs for students. Members of the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students met with Wynne...


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Sexual Violence, Mental Health Raised During Campus Tour...

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Preventing sexual violence on campus and improving mental health services for postsecondary students were among the main issues students raised with Premier Kathleen Wynne during her tour of Ontario colleges and universities. Premier Wynne wrapped up the 10-day tour on January 19, 2015. In addition to visiting several classrooms and student centres, and taking part in a town hall meeting...


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