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

Canada Must Invest in Mental Health and Addictions Services for Canadi...

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Canada should heed call of provincial/territorial health ministers; Invest in mental health and addictions services for Canadians (Oct. 17, 2016, TORONTO) – Leaders in Ontario’s mental health and addictions sector are pleased that Provincial and Territorial Health Ministers agree, Canada’s renegotiated Health Accord must provide a significant increase in funding for mental health...


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Toronto Student to Talk Mental Health with Will and Kate...

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By Peter Goffin Two years ago, Shayan Yazdanpanah was backing away from social interaction and neglecting his friends. He felt down but didn’t understand why. But a stronger awareness of his own mental health has helped Yazdanpanah change his life. On Saturday, the 20­year­old Ryerson University student will spend an afternoon with Prince William and Kate on a boat in the Victoria,...


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He was once a homeless drug addict. Now he’s one of York’s top stu...

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Halfway through the robbery, Jesse Thistle panicked. Homeless, strung out on crack, and limping on a badly infected foot, he’d held up a corner store in Brampton. “I thought they were going to chop my foot off,” he said. “I got desperate and robbed a store in order to use the jail system as a safe place to stay with food and shelter and medical care.” But he couldn’t...


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Stress and Student Success

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I’ve spent a decade teaching college success strategies to mostly nontraditional first-year students. At times, I would stare at my course roster, hoping that an answer to the success riddle would appear. “Why do you leave?” I’d ask. “What else can I do to help you?” While I use countless teaching strategies in my courses, I’ve been tracking something even more fundamental:...


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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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Fathers turn ‘the talk’ into dialogue on respectful relationships...

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Eli Hurst is 12 years old. Girls have just started to enter his thinking in a new way, and he’s “vulnerable,” says his father, Darrell Hurst. Still, Eli’s views are sturdily progressive, despite the misogyny seeping into the U.S. presidential campaign and corners of Canadian campuses. “Treat girls with respect,” he says. Darrell recently sat down with Eli to make good...


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First-generation students receive helping hand...

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If you’re the first in your family to go to university or college, there are benefits to identifying yourself as a first-generation student and of taking advantage of support services designed especially for you. While the transition to post-secondary education is seamless for some first-generation students, many face greater challenges making the transition than those students whose...


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