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

Cambrian College promotes mental health awareness this week on campus...

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Cambrian College was certified two years ago to teach mental health first aid to faculty and students. Staff at Sudbury's Cambrian College say there are actively trying to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. The school plans to discuss mental health issues as part of Bell Let's Talk Day on Wednesday. The college is training faculty and students about how to spot...


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New CBC radio program discusses campus life...

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On September 18, CBC Radio One released their first internet podcast, and it’s on something we can all relate to: university life. CBC Radio One’s CAMPUS, hosted by Albert Leung, is a podcast series on the stories of Canadian university students. “Campus is that place and time in our lives where everything changes,” said Albert Leung. “We’re not entirely concerned with grades,...


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It’s important to work together to improve students’ menta...

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Universities are meant to be healthy educational environments in which students can grow to their optimal potential. To achieve that goal, however, enhanced mental health and wellness services tailored specifically to the university population are required —and urgently. According to the most recent National College Health Assessment, half of Canadian students reported feelings of...


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Give Students a Break

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Now two and a half weeks into the winter semester, many of you may already be feeling a little stressed, tired, and overworked. For those who had exams on the last possible day of the exam period, your return to university life comes after only 15 days of rest. If you work as well, you had even less time to replenish your intellectual and physical reserves for another 13 weeks of academia....


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New Boston University Program Teaches How to Help Students with Mental...

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Terriers Connect trains faculty, staff, peers to be proactive. First responders aren’t always police and firefighters who race to the scene with lights and sirens. For students facing mental health issues, the first person approached for help may be a peer, a faculty member, an RA, a coach, or an administrator. Now a new BU program is teaching those gatekeepers (defined as people in...


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Close to 40% of formerly suicidal Canadians subsequently achieve compl...

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Close to 40% (38%) of formerly suicidal Canadians have reached a state of complete mental health, not only being free of symptoms of mental illness, suicidal thoughts or substance abuse in the preceding year, but also reporting almost daily happiness or life satisfaction, and social and psychological wellbeing according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto. The study...


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OUSA responds to YorkU’s recent mental health policy change...

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Danielle Pierre and Jasmine Irwin from OUSA have responded to the recent editorial in the Toronto Star that criticized York University’s recent policy change with an article entitled "Why keep mental disability a secret? Like... a lot of reasons" (below): York university no longer requires students with mental health disabilities to disclose their diagnoses in order to receive...


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Call for Abstract Submissions for the Caring Campus Project Conference...

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The Caring Campus Project, funded by Movember, is hosting a mental health conference and is now officially accepting abstract submissions. The conference is called Reducing Substance Misuse and Mental Health Problems On Post-Secondary Campuses: Novel Perspectives & Gender-Based Approaches. When: October 14-15, 2016 Where: Toronto, Ontario at the Airport Marriott Hotel The...


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Campuses get creative in battling soaring student stress...

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Amid concerns about rising anxiety and stress on campus, never have colleges and universities done so much to tend the student soul. By: Louise Brown GTA, Published on Sat Jan 16 2016 by Toronto Star.  Seneca College offers noise-blocking headphones — like the ones construction workers wear — to students with test anxiety while they write. It bought 15 pairs and needs...


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Human rights battle at York University expected to cause policy shift ...

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PhD student Navi Dhanota has succeeded in forcing her university to change their policy around accommodating students with mental health issues. Dhanota needs a quiet environment to focus. It’s one aspect of a mental health condition she’s had to deal with, and one she was hoping York University would accommodate by letting her write exams in a place free of distractions. But...


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