Who We Are
The Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health (CICMH) is a partnership project involving Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the College Student Alliance and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. This project is one of the 21 projects that were funded by the Ministry of Training and College’s Mental Health Innovation Fund. CICMH started Phase 1 with a mandate extending until September 30, 2015. CICMH’s Executive Committee commissioned an external review of the project’s activities and accomplishments to date, and possible directions for a Phase 2.
Consultants Dr. Michael Cooke and Dr. Phil Wood led the review, which provides a high-level assessment of progress towards the goals of Phase 1, and assesses current levels of awareness of CICMH at a variety of levels in the post-secondary sector across Ontario. The review also includes recommendations for the focus and goals of a potential Phase 2. The CICMH Executive Committee will review all of the report’s recommendations (which do not necessarily reflect their views). The report will inform the funding proposal for Phase 2 of CICMH, submitted to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.We are excited to share the report of the External Review of CICMH. Read the full report here.
To help Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance capacity to support student mental health and well-being
To optimize mental health and well-being for Ontario’s post-secondary students.
What We Do:
CICMH is working with its partners and stakeholders to:
Facilitate a Community of Practice:
CICMH has created a campus mental health community of practice which connects a broad cross-section of stakeholders in Ontario, including student services, counselling, accessibility, health, faculty, administration, student leaders and community partners. Members of the community of practice learn from each other, collaborate, share knowledge and experiences, best and promising practices; and jointly problem-solve to address gaps in the field. An online portal helps support this community practice by providing members with a virtual space to continue their sharing, learning and collaboration.
Coordinate access to expertise:
To help enhance campus service providers’ capacity to meet the needs of students with complex mental health and addiction concerns, CICMH is identifying models and networks that would facilitate access to community-based expertise and professional development.
Foster and Support Innovation:
CICMH is working with campus mental health stakeholders to identify innovative ideas and approaches that address gaps and enhance practice in student mental health services and programs (i.e., prevention, promotion and treatment). CICMH will help support and leverage promising programs and services that could have a system-wide impact.