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

London Community Foundation Grant Announcement...

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Last night at a special Community Vitality event, it was publicly announced that Canadian Mental Health Association, Middlesex, in partnership with USC Western; Society of Graduate Students - Western University; King’s University College; Western University; Fanshawe College – for “Bridging Community & Campus Services to Support Students’ Mental Health.” Grant amount: $238,181...


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UW Advisory Committee on Mental Health: Students Needed...

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WATERLOO — A move by the University of Waterloo to create an advisory committee on mental health after a second student suicide on campus should have students on its task force to offer suggestions on their mental health. That's the advice of Tana Nash, executive director of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council. "Who better to tell them what they need and what they see as...


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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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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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