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

Minding what matters: Part II

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in 2013, The Toronto Star published the results of a study conducted by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services measuring the mental health of more than 30,000 students at 34 colleges and universities across the country. Eighty-nine per cent of the participants felt “overwhelmed by all they had to do” and 86.9 per cent reported feeling “overwhelming anxiety.”...


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International enrolment increases by 10% in Canada...

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A state-of-play report released this week by CBIE in Canada underlines an overall growth rate of 10% in international student enrolments from 2013-2014, with 336,497 international students studying in Canada in 2014 – up 83% in a decade. "Canada’s coordination of pathway programmes for international students is not well developed compared to other global destinations" Key...


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Solving Ontario’s post-secondary puzzle...

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This is a transformative moment in the history of Ontario’s post-secondary system. We need a transformative plan. Seneca College president David Agnew says Ontario needs to acknowledge some inconvenient, perhaps even uncomfortable, truths about our post-secondary system. By: David Agnew Published on Sun Nov 15 2015 on the Toronto Star Website.  The following...


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LGBTQ+ acceptance has grown at universities across Ontario...

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A OUSA survey shows LGBTQ+ students feel comfortable and included on campus. It’s 2015. Life as an LGBTQ+ student is, surprisingly, not that bad. Universities across Canada have become more accepting and understanding — both at an administrative and student level — of different sexualities. Support programs abound for students to help them transition and feel comfortable in university,...


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Call for proposals: Novel Perspectives in Reducing Substance Misuse on...

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Save the Date and join the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research for a Movember funded mental health conference from the Caring Campus Project: Novel Perspectives in Reducing Substance Misuse on Post-Secondary Campuses When: October 14-16, 2016 Where: Toronto, Ontario at the Airport Marriott Hotel Call for proposals will be open in December Please see the attached...


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How to fight the mental health crisis on campus: Fall breaks...

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Schools across the country are responding to concerns about students’ mental health with an autumn hiatus Meagan Campbell For the past 10 years, student unions have lobbied university administrators to implement fall study breaks. In response to concerns about mental health and stress from the mid-semester workload, schools across the country, including 11 of 20 in Ontario,...


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Minding what matters: Part I

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Part I of a three-part series on mental health on campus at U of T Retrieved from UofT's Student Newspaper, the Varsity. By: The Varsity Editorial Board In 2013, The Toronto Star published the results of a study conducted by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services measuring the mental health of more than 30,000 students at 34 colleges and universities across...


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Integration can keep international students out of “ghettos”...

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Academica Group has a professional relationship with Dr. Gillett’s company, EduCo, providing research and strategic consulting services. “International students tend to ‘ghetto-ise’ themselves.” (University World News, 29 August 2014) The above quote comes from a piece written by acclaimed international higher education researcher Phillip Altbach of Boston College’s Center...


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The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student...

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Article retrieved from the  New York Magazine website.  Over the last two weeks, the news has been dominated by coverage of two very different instances of campus turmoil at Yale and the University of Missouri. In both cases, students are protesting over what they see as administrations that turn a blind eye to the problems faced by marginalized students on their campuses. Some of the...


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Nov 21 – Survivors of Suicide Loss Day...

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All across Canada, people and organizations will observe International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on November 21, 2015. There are many ways to participate in International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is recognizing this day by sharing messages of hope and remembrance on our online “wall.” We encourage you to click on the “Add Your Message”...


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