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

How a B.C. school is trying to help students under stress...

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A B.C. high school has teamed up with university researchers to find out what factors are hurting students' academic and mental health and, more importantly, how to address them. Read the full article on the globe and mail's site here. 
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MHCC Receives Renewed 10-Year Mandate...

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Ottawa, ON - The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is extremely pleased that its mandate has been renewed by the Federal Government for another 10 years beginning in 2017. As outlined today in the House of Commons by the Hon. Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, this renewed mandate will allow the MHCC to build on the momentum gained in the seven years since its inception. “This is...


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Minister Ambrose welcomes new Chair of the Mental Health Commission of...

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OTTAWA, April 8, 2015 /CNW/ - It is with pleasure that I announce the Honourable Michael H. Wilson as the new Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Board of Directors. His appointment to this important role is a testament to his exceptional skills and distinguished career in the private and public sectors, which includes serving as Ambassador of Canada to the United States and...


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University Student’s Suicide Inspires Canadian Mental Health Awarene...

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A yellow bench, the organization’s icon, will be installed at participating secondary and post-secondary institutions as a visual reminder for students to speak openly about mental health issues and to encourage them to both ask for help and offer it to those in need. In addition, the organization will fund existing on-campus mental health organization and support their ongoing efforts...


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U of A pharmacy students’ video removes stigma from ‘menta...

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With exams fast approaching, a group of pharmacy students at the University of Alberta is trying to take the issue of mental health viral. The students have posted a video emphasizing the importance of taking care of your own mental health — especially during stressful times like exam season — and of finding help when you need it, or better yet, before you need it. Scott Wakeham, a...


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Six Northern Ontario colleges receive $3.6M from province to expand pr...

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For years the region’s colleges have been in competition to attract students. But now, with rising costs and slowing enrollment, they’re realizing they need to work together to serve Northern Ontario. The province is contributing $3.6 million over three years to the six colleges to enhance collaborative partnerships and improve access to education opportunities across the region. The...


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Young Canadians are more optimistic than pessimistic about the job mar...

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Young Canadians are significantly more optimistic than pessimistic about the job market and, by a two-to-one margin, believe their generation will enjoy a standard of living higher than that of their parents, according to a new Abacus Data survey of Canadians aged 18 to 35. Close to half (45%) of young Canadians say they are optimistic about the job market for people such as themselves,...


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The stigma of mental health

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Every year I, along with many others (especially students), participate in #BellLetsTalk day as a way to raise awareness of the stigma still present surrounding mental health, wellness and illness in our society. At post-secondary institutions, the number of students suffering from mental health related issues continue to impress a seriousness, which often goes unnoticed. Students are at...


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New Policy Paper advocates for LGBTQ+ Students...

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Earlier this week, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released their LGBTQ+ Student Policy Paper. The paper was developed in response to the significant levels of discrimination, exclusion, and increased health and safety risks experienced by students who are LGBTQ+ on university campuses across Ontario. LGBT youth face approximately 14 times higher risk of suicide and substance...


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