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

Photography helps local students address mental health in Nunavik...

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, first year Western University students Gabrielle Foss and Patrick Hickey are hoping they’ve left a lasting impression on the youth of Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik, a small Inuit community in northern Quebec. Taking advantage of some free time during Western’s Reading Week this past February, the pair of undergrads made the journey to Kangiqsujuaq on...


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#YellowIsForHello celebrates first anniversary as Mental Health Week a...

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One year ago today a national student mental health initiative was born. The Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench, also known as #YellowIsForHello, was launched in response to the alarming rate of mental health issues and suicides among Canadian secondary and post-secondary students. WireService.ca Press Release (04/20/2016) - Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among Canadians...


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College Students Get Real About The Challenges of Sleep On Campus...

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“The young and the sleepless” speak out. As part of the conversation around sleep that Arianna Huffington’s new book, The Sleep Revolution, has inspired, we asked college students around the country how hard it really is to prioritize rest. Members of this particularly sleep-deprived population responded by writing about stress, work culture and self-care. Their responses show...


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Support service program launched at university...

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An online peer support service aimed at helping students through the stresses of their lives is launching at the University of Lethbridge in what organizers are calling a Canadian first. 7 Cups of Tea held their first event at the university on Monday by providing a space for students to come and sit, and meet and discuss their concerns over tea and cookies. The kickoff was also an opportunity...


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Dog Days help with student stress

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SAITSA working to improve mental health on campus In an effort to help relieve student stress, SAITSA has once again brought Dog Days to campus. Dog Days is a monthly event in which the Pet Access League Society (PALS) brings dogs and their owners to SAIT, with the intent of offering students a much needed break during their otherwise busy school days. Held at the student support center...


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McGill student who battled depression now promoting mental health on c...

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There is something very unusual about Ryan Golt’s graduation photo from McGill University. He has the standard suit enhanced with some coloured academic regalia, a big grin of accomplishment — and a bigger sign that reads “F — k the Stigma.” That’s what you do when you graduate on time, with a double major in psychology and political science, after battling a depression...


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Memorial for the win! Memorial awarded first place in regional MoodChe...

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With 1,049 participants and 142,093 points, Memorial University won first place in the MoodCheck Challenge. Memorial will receive a $1,500 donation to be used toward a campus mental wellness initiative. Approximately 1,650 students from across Atlantic Canada participated in the MoodCheck Challenge from March 14-25. Memorial’s St. John’s campus, Grenfell Campus and Marine Institute...


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Dalhousie med student breaking down mental health stigmas in medical c...

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Doctors may know how to keep our bodies healthy, but aren’t always adept at treating our minds, according to Dalhousie University medical student Tara Riddell. The fourth-year med student, who also has a bachelor of science in kinesiology, hopes to help change that, by starting up a social media project called Beyond the Body, aimed at sparking the mental health conversation within the...


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Lesbian, gay, bisexual Canadians report higher rates of mental health ...

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Gay, lesbian and bisexual Canadians experience more mood and anxiety disorders than other Canadians, and they are more likely to turn to heavy drinking. In a new study that provides the first information of its kind for Canada, researchers also found that Canadians who identified as bisexual reported the highest rates of mood and anxiety disorders and heavy drinking compared to any other...


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