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

The Coddling of the American Mind

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In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health. GREG LUKIANOFF AND JONATHAN HAIDT SEPTEMBER 2015 ISSUE of the Atlantic. For the original article, click here.  Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities....


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Young people taking antidepressants more prone to violence: study...

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Young people taking antidepressants such as Prozac and Seroxat are significantly more likely to commit violent crimes when they are on the medication, but taking higher doses of the drugs appears to reduce that risk, scientists said on Tuesday. In research published in the PLoS Medicine journal, the scientists said that while their finding of a link does not prove that such drugs cause people...


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Former health minister speaks out about student mental health...

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Story retrieved from www.ontario.cmha.ca - SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 Former national health minister Allan Rock is speaking out about the importance of assisting with mental health issues. Rock discussed his lived experiences with mental health while he was a student at the University of Ottawa in an op-ed piece published Thursday. Rock, now the university’s president and vice-chancellor,...


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25 Things About Dealing With Social Anxiety...

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25 Things Every College Student Should Know About Dealing With Social Anxiety We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community and a few mental health experts to share the best ways to thrive in college when you’re socially anxious. Everyone experiences social anxiety differently and has different triggers. Some people get anxious talking in front of groups, others get anxious...


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Universities focused on Consent during Orientation Week...

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With new students arriving at Ontario universities this past week, a focus on consent education is increasingly becoming the norm. York University hosts Canada’s largest consent education presentation, with 6,500 students attending a presentation from Mike Domitrz. Speaker Domitrz of the Date Safe project is a well-known speaker who also spoke at Western’s orientation week about...


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Ontario announces new and improved supports for post-secondary student...

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Starting in October, the first part of the program will provide paid pre-employment training, job opportunities and mentorship to youth aged 15 to 29 who are currently not working, not in school, or not enrolled in a training program. See Youth Job Connection, for more information.  For youth currently in post-secondary school, the province has also announced important changes to the...


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MHCC releases new report on policies and practices for youth mental he...

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The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is pleased to release Taking the Next Step Forward: Building a Responsive Mental Health and Addictions System for Emerging Adults, a comprehensive report that details the current state of policies and practices for youth transitioning from child and youth to adult mental health and addictions services. For more information, visit the resource...


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McGill 101: An introduction to campus governance...

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With nearly 50,000 students, faculty members, and employees, McGill University has a comprehensive system of governance. Here's your introduction to the administrative structure at McGill, with a deeper look at SSMU, PGSS, McGill's Senate, and the McGill Board of Governors. SSMU Who they are The Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) represents undergraduate students,...


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Dalhousie University to launch sex assault, harassment phone line...

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For the first time, students at Dalhousie University will be able to access a 24-hour sexual assault and harassment phone line. It's a a pilot project that the Student Union hopes become a permanent fixture at the school. The volunteer-run service starts Sept. 6 and runs until Oct. 14, coordinator Rebecca Rose told CBC's Information Morning on Wednesday. So far, about 40 student...


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