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

Groundbreaking study to probe mental health at school...

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HAMILTON — A team of McMaster researchers is conducting the first-ever Canadian study that explores the role schools play in the mental health of students, teachers and principals.  The Offord Centre for Child Studies, a multidisciplinary research institute made up of experts from McMaster Children's Hospital and the university's health sciences faculty, is conducting a survey at 240...


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Mental health on agenda at Cape Breton University...

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This week will be the first mental health week held on-campus since 2011-12. “With the publicity that mental health has been getting within the last couple of years, we thought it was a god time to bring it back,” noted Mark Vickers, vice-president of communications with the CBU psychology society. “People are talking about it a lot more, especially this year. We did lose a student...


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“Injured but not down, disabled but capable”...

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With term paper due dates right around the corner and exam season immediately after, the ninth annual Massey Grand Rounds (MGR) symposium last week brought to our attention a topic that is currently extremely relevant to all our lives: stress. Titled “The Science of Stress,” this year’s conference aimed to specifically highlight the scientific basis for, and approach to, stress and...


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Toronto universities team up on foreign student peer group...

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Elisa Chang was an outgoing student in her native Taiwan, popular among classmates for her friendliness and a favourite of teachers for her good grades. The 19-year-old came to study at the University of Toronto with high expectations, but soon learned the new freedom away from home was not a “real vacation.” “I was popular in high school but it’s hard to make friends here. People...


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Taking the Next Step Forward: Building a Responsive Mental Health and ...

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This executive summary offers an overview of recommendations found in a more comprehensive report detailing the current state of policies and practices in the area of youth transitioning from child and youth to adult mental health and addiction services. The complete report will be released later in 2015. See more at: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
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Canadian celebrities retweeting video made by Lambton College students...

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Former NHLer Theo Fleury has retweeted it. So has musician Emm Gryner, sportscaster John Shannon and Dragons' Den star Michael Wekerle. All of this celebrity attention is being paid to a one-minute-and-23-second video produced by a group of Lambton College students on a mission to break the stigma surrounding mental health. Members of the college's Jack.org chapter released the video –...


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Are young people getting the post-secondary education they need?...

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Students want to learn. Schools want to teach. Business wants workers. But how do  you ensure the students end up with the skills that are in demand?  Are we doing a good job of matching  students to skills ...and skills to jobs? This is why CBC held a forum at Algonquin College's Waterfront Campus in Pembroke. It's a place at the very centre of this issue.  This particular campus...


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Ontario’s universities stand by Premier Wynne’s Action Plan on Sex...

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Ontario’s universities commend Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government for taking decisive and sweeping action against sexual violence, a serious societal problem that should not be tolerated. The Premier’s Action Plan on Sexual Violence takes aim at attitudes, behaviours and culture across all areas of society – in our elementary and secondary schools, our courts, our police forces,...


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Colleges applaud commitment to improve help-line services for sexual a...

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Ontario’s colleges applaud the Wynne government’s announcement today that it will act on the colleges’ recommendation to improve provincial help-line services for survivors of sexual assaults. “Throughout our consultations on a new stand-alone policy on sexual assault for Ontario’s colleges, it has been clear that emergency help-line services need to be improved,” said Linda...


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Toronto students smoke, drink less than Ontario average, but less acti...

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Students in Toronto are smoking, drinking, and using drugs at lower rates than the provincial average, but they're also less physically active, a new report reveals. The school-based survey, conducted by Toronto Public Health, provides a comprehensive snapshot of the well-being of the city’s youth. More than 6,000 students, from Grades 7 to 12, were surveyed about their sexual, mental and...


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