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

Ojibwa artist paints Seven Fallen Feathers to ease pain, remember seve...

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The day after 145 inquest recommendations were released on the deaths of seven indigenous students in Thunder Bay, Christian Morrisseau woke at 4 a.m., overwhelmed with aching grief. Morrisseau’s 17-year-old son, Kyle, was one of the seven who died between 2000 to 2011 while they were away attending school. Kyle’s body was pulled from the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay on Nov....


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Number of Ontario teens with psychological distress rising at alarming...

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A lot of Ontario teens are feeling anxious and depressed, and their numbers have grown. That’s the take-away from a large-scale study that’s been tracking students in the province for the last 20 years. One-third of the students in the survey were found to have moderate to severe symptoms of psychological distress – an alarming leap from two years earlier, when only one-quarter of students...


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Campus mental health: Time to evaluate which services work...

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It’s no secret there’s a high prevalence of mental health issues among post-secondary students across the country. Though most colleges and universities offer mental health services, they need to do more work determining whether those services are working, a leading psychiatrist warns. “There are all kinds of studies that say, ‘We have a problem; look at these numbers’ but there’s...


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Breaking down barriers

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Working together to address ‘immense’ mental health needs At Queen’s University in Kingston,Ont., a “Caring Campus Project” is working to reduce risks associated with poor mental health and substance misuse among first-year male students while also creating a more supportive campus environment. In Oshawa, Durham College students are encouraged to download a HealthyMinds app,...


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