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

Performance and Anxiety

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By Kayla Smith Understanding the Student Experience I came into university with the mindset that I needed to perform well. To make it through post-secondary education, I needed to highly succeed. I had a full-scholarship, and I told myself that I had to keep it. Without this financial help, I couldn’t make it through university.   In my first year, I stayed up past midnight...

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An International Student’s Perspective...

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Pratishtha (3rd year university student) speaks about her experience as an international student and how campuses can best support International students' mental health and well-being.

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Residence Life: A Student’s Perspective...

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Hailey (4th year student and residence don) speaks about her experience living and working in residence; and provides tips on how residence life can effectively support students' mental health and wellness.

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Student Video on Eating Disorders

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Molly (2nd year student) speaks about her experience seeking help for an eating disorder and how campuses can best support students who are struggling or recovering from an eating disorder.

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Talking to Faculty – A Student’s Perspective...

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My words for the helpers and professionals in academia: Mental illness is all-consuming—you can’t isolate it. Family, school, work, sense of self are all affected. It’s insidious. Lots of different things can make a student’s life better, so please communicate with each other. You can’t be holistic unless the parts of the whole work together. As a student, it makes you think: These...

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I Just Don’t Know Who to Call

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It was the fourth night in a row that I stared at my phone at 4 am. I couldn’t sleep, feeling completely stressed out, and wishing I knew who I could call to help.  I was 18 years old, living with depression, and a first year university student living away from home for the first time.   Before attending post-secondary, I was a student at a small, strict high school, I had friends who...

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