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

UBC: Reducing Student Stress through Self-Compassion...

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A new study out of UBC reveals a new weapon in the battle against increasing levels of student stress across campuses nationwide: Self-compassion. From the article: 'Stressed out university students, take note: self-compassion may be the key to making it through your first year, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. Researchers from the faculty of education’s...


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Age Gap Means Mental Health Stumbling Block for Youth in Ontario...

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At 18, patients age out of treatment programs and face long gaps in care. This forced removal from the system they may have been in from young children or early adolescence is difficult.   [caption id="attachment_8258" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Molly Schoo, who started mental health treatment when she was a child, is now a public outreach speaker for youth mental health....


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Let’s Talk About Supporting Mental Health...

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Bell's "Let's Talk" campaign has raised funds and awareness, but there's more we can do, year round, to support those with mental illness. If you show up for work with a bad cough and a runny nose, most people won’t hesitate to tell you to see a doctor or get treatment. But mental illnesses like anxiety or depression don’t always come with visible symptoms. In fact, in many cases,...


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Canadian Universities See Rise in U.S. Applicants...

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"At many Canadian universities, applications from U.S. students for the 2017-18 academic year are up between 20 per cent and 80 per cent compared to last year, an informal survey conducted by The Globe and Mail shows." Continue reading at The Globe And Mail.com.
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Patients Suffer Over Gap Between Physical and Mental Health Care...

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Family doctors are the first point of contact for most people seeking diagnosis and care, but a disconnect between physicians and mental health professionals leaves many stranded. By Peter Goffin When Esme Hurst’s teenage son Alex started showing signs of depression and anxiety, she took him to their family doctor. His physician diagnosed depression, prescribed an anti-depressant...


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Sault College Students to Pay Out of Pocket to Fund Mental Health Serv...

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Mental health supports will still be waiting for Melissa Cutler when she returns to Sault College in January. In a referendum held in mid-October, students backed paying $28 more per year for a health support and first aid fee to help support services such as mental health counsellors, First Nation elders in residence, psychologists and a Canadian Mental Health Association mental health...


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Le stigma: une barrière à l’accès aux services en santé mentale...

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Nous entendons souvent la statistique qui indique qu’en Ontario, environ un jeune sur cinq présente un trouble de santé mentale, et qu’environ 70% des troubles de santé mentale commencent pendant l’enfance ou l’adolescence. Ces statistiques mettent en évidence le fait qu’il est important de bien rejoindre les jeunes et leurs familles en ce qui concerne la santé mentale,...


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What Toronto Colleges and Universities Are Doing to Help Students’ M...

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Awareness about the mental health challenges students face is growing on campuses. Here's what local schools are offering in the way of support. By Karen Chan Mental health is an ever-growing issue, especially at post-secondary institutions. A report released by the Ontario University & College Health Association in September [PDF] found that 65 per cent of students surveyed experienced...


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Why We’re Not OK

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There is no one cause for the rise of mental health issues on Canadian campuses that can be pointed to as the genesis of this crisis. Studies show that mental health disorders are markedly higher now than in previous generations. But why? Some explain this by highlighting a more open and understanding dialogue surrounding mental health, resulting in people who were previously suffering...


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Four in Ten University Students Lack Food Security as Education Costs ...

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Nearly half of students surveyed had forgone healthy food to pay for books, tuition fees and rent, according to an exclusive report from Meal Exchange by Jacob Lorinc A message in bold and italics emblazons the home page of the Lakehead University Student Union food bank’s website. “We are in desperate need of food!!!” it reads. “Any amount that you can give would be greatly...


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