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

Carleton’s FITA program highlighted in Ottawa Citizen...

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The Ottawa Citizen’s Feb. 10 editorial “Let’s Talk Funding” and the Feb. 9 front-page article pleading “Let’s Do Something!” are music to our ears. Several years ago we came to a revelation. Looking at the success of a cohort of post-secondary students with learning disabilities (from very unlikely to graduate, to beating the provincial graduation rate of the general population),...


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First Nation students suffering from PTSD, school nurse tells inquest...

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Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay showing symptoms of 'early psychosis,' Mae Katt says. Many First Nation teenagers who leave home to come to Thunder Bay, Ont., for high school are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a high school nurse in the city. Mae Katt testified on Tuesday at an inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students who died in Thunder...


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McGill introduces peer tool to combat mental illness...

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Students helping students improve mental health. It is common for students to feel stress, anxiety, hopeless and overwhelmed, but there is no need for students to try and tackle those problems on their own. At McGill University, the school's Mental Health Service launched a new program in the fall called Wellness Recovery Action Planning. WRAP trains students as facilitators to...


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Businesses turns to mental health first aid training...

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It’s great to know CPR and how to apply pressure to a wound, but Elizabeth Eldridge says you’re far more likely to need to support someone with a mental health problem than you are to stumble upon someone having a heart attack or falling from a tall ladder. Trained as a music therapist specializing in psychiatric rehabilitation, Eldridge took a mental health first aid course in Halifax...


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How universities are helping students with ‘invisible’ disabilitie...

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Schools are racing to figure out how to use accomodations to handle the wave of students who are grappling with invisible disabilities Cathy Gulli, February 9, 2016 - Retrieved from Macleans Website When Marc Wilchesky started working at Toronto’s York University in the 1980s, one of his first projects was to develop support strategies for students with learning disabilities....


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UPEI students lobby Ottawa for tuition breaks, research funds...

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Students ask politicians for changes during national education lobby week in Ottawa. University students from PEI were part of a national lobby in Ottawa this week calling for better access to post-secondary education. 35 students from across Canada had nearly 200 meetings with government asking for commitments to alleviate education debt, reduce tuition fees, increase grants, and more. UPEI...


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Ontario students release recommendations for the 2016 provincial budge...

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The Ontario Canadian Federation of Students branch has released a series of recommendations for the 2016 provincial budget, which will be presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs this morning. The recommendations seek to improve access to and affordability of post-secondary education in the province, including measures to curb rising tuition fees and student...


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