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

Confederation College Launches a Student Mental Health & Well-Bei...

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After two years of extensive consultation and a lot of hard work from the entire College community, Confederation College proudly launched its Student Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy today; the first of its kind among Ontario colleges. The Strategy responds to, among other things, the statistic that one in four students will experience a mental health or addiction issue during their...


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Students: how stressed are you?

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While most people think about stress in a workplace environment, students also face their own stresses: to choose the right pathway for their future career, to do well at their courses, to deal with peer pressure, financial pressures, and taking care of everything by themselves, often for the first time far from home and their usual support systems. It can be daunting, and some students...


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New survey shows that anxiety #1 student concern...

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For the fifth year in a row, anxiety is the top condition of students seeking care at campus counseling centers, according to a survey released Monday night by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. Before the last five years, depression was the top condition for which students sought treatment, but that now is a strong second. And many students of course...


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NorQuest loneliness study interview receives big interest...

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May 11, 2015 - An April 30 CBC interview with members of NorQuest College's social work department, and the college's students' association, examining the cause and effect of loneliness on campus is getting additional attention. Named one of Radio Active's top tracks of the week, it was given an encore performance on May 8. Click here to listen to the entire interview.
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Hamilton mental health providers mark mental health week...

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Child and Youth Mental Health Program staff at the Chedoke campus of Hamilton Health Sciences donned the green on May 6 to celebrate national Child and Youth Mental Health Week. “One in five families are touched by mental health difficulties,” said Marsha Newby, clinic leader at the Chedoke site. “I think it’s important to know that it’s something we’re trying to reduce stigma,...


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Why Privy Council Clerk Janice Charette is making mental health a publ...

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Janice Charette may be one of the first top-ranking bureaucrats in Canada or abroad to put the mental health of public servants at the head of the management agenda. The Clerk of the Privy Council this week released her first report to Prime Minister Stephen Harper since she was appointed last fall, laying out the public service’s accomplishments over the past year and explaining where...


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For youth, by youth. MHCC publishes a youth-friendly mental health str...

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Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has released The Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective. This document, which was written by the MHCC’s Youth Council, is an adaptation of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada. Drawing on personal experiences to lend context to the larger policy, the Youth Council created an original document...


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CMHA York Region and South Simcoe community launch and celebration of ...

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Toronto, May 4, 2015  – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Seneca mark Mental Health Week (May 4 to 10) at Seneca’s King Campus by unveiling Ontario’s first roving comprehensive health clinic for youth.The mobile clinic was developed by CMHA York and South Simcoe and has been named MOBYSS, for Mobile York South Simcoe (pronounced mo-bies). It will help youth overcome...


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‘Paying it forward’ with mental health support fund...

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Richi Tam  knows firsthand how it feels to be sinking in the uncharted depths of mental illness, and to resurface on a relatively safe and stable shore. Thanks to Mr. Tam’s own tenacity – and the support of his Queen’s School of Business classmates, faculty and staff members – he has turned what might have been a life-ending experience into a testament to the strength and healing...


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Innovative work / life balance program gets University of Calgary reco...

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  The University of Calgary is the first Canadian employer to receive the Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction for their work/life balance programs. One of the university’s most successful work/life balance initiatives is its employee and family assistance program (EFAP). Through programs and counselling, an EFAP can help employees with any number of issues—mental health, family-related...


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