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

Registration has started for the 2015 Higher Education Summit...

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The Higher Education Summit explores the major issues of the day and the challenges facing educators, governments, business leaders and others. This year’s conference will take place on Nov. 15 and 16 at the Sheraton Centre hotel in Toronto. Featured speakers this year include Paralympic athlete Rick Hansen, author and scientist Daniel J. Levitin, social media expert Sue Gardner, and...


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New President/CEO of COU

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It gives us great pleasure to confirm that Mr. David Lindsay has accepted the appointment as President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities. He will officially assume the position on January 1, 2016.Mr. Lindsay brings a wealth of public policy experience and a proven track record in the leadership of public sector organizations. He currently is President and CEO of the Forest Products...


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Student mental wellbeing in higher education: Good practice guide...

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Produced by the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working GroupUniversities UK, February 2015 Universities have an important role to play in providing support for students with mental health difficulties. Over the last five years the proportion of disabled students who declared a mental health condition increased from 5.9% in 2007-08 to 9.6% in 2011-12 and from 0.4% to 0.8% of the entire...


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Psych student’s app to help ‘thousands’ with anxiety...

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Jeff Perron wants to help more people than he ever could all by himself.The Ottawa man finished an undergrad in psychology, earned a master’s in business administration and found work in human resources. He thought that would be his career.But he felt like he wasn’t doing enough.“I want to do something that helps people,” said Perron, 29. “It was a good job, I enjoyed it, but at...


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Students Encourage Experiential Learning Incentives, Quality Metrics i...

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The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to announce the release ofFormulating Change: Recommendations for Ontario's University Funding Formula Reform. In early 2015, the provincial government announced plans to conduct a review of the processes by which it allocates funds to universities, with the goal of developing a more "quality-driven, sustainable and transparent" model...


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College students tend to turn to stimulants near exam time...

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CHICAGO — Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific types of drugs for the first time during certain times of year.College students tend to try stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin for the first time in November, December or April,...


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UBC educates future teachers in mental health literacy...

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The University of British Columbia is improving mental health literacy among its teacher candidates, arming them with the knowledge and skills they need to act as an intervenor in the battle against teen mental illness.Beginning September 2015, UBC’s bachelor of education program (BEd) will introduce a new online curriculum resource for future teachers on how to identify and talk about...


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First-of-a-kind study shows college students often start using substan...

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However, winter is the peak time for college students to start the non-medical use of certain prescription drugsA study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the first time provides insight on substance use initiation patterns among the one in every five full-time college students (aged 18 to 22) using illicit or potentially harmful substances.  The...


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Teenage girls’ mental health overlooked by parents, survey finds...

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Parents are worrying more about drug and alcohol use by their teenage daughters than the more prevalent “mental anguish” they face every day, a survey has suggested.Young girls said mental health, cyberbullying and jobs were the biggest worries in their lives and an increasing number considered self-harm and depression as the most significant health issues facing their peers, above drug...


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Peer led Chinese language mental health support group...

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Two Chinese-Nova Scotians are setting up a mental health support service aimed at the growing community of international students from China.They say there are few mental health options in other languages, and that causes many Mandarin and Cantonese speakers to turn away from help. "I've always had a passion to help newcomers," said Jinbo Chen, one of the organizers. "Mental health issues...


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