Bridging the Distance – Lessons Learned
Tuesday June 9th, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Bridging the Distance is about creating a safe, welcoming environment where students in distress can seek immediate assistance, come together to talk about mental health to reduce stigma and plan to create a positive climate. The Red Couch is the symbol of comfort and a focus for dialogue.
Presenters outlined each of the activities that comprise the pillars of the project. Each of the four partners developed a specific activity: distance delivery of counselling/advising services; developing a peer mentoring program; providing staff training and policy development; and the creation of an engaging website. The website was designed as a first level of support for students experiencing difficulties and provides a repository of activities and resources.
Colin Kelly, Director, Applied Research, Confederation College
James Lees, Counsellor, Counselling Services, Confederation College
Carol Prechotko, Interim Director, Counselling and Student Disability Services, Cambrian College
Kim LaPierre, Team Lead, Student Success Services, Canadore College
Sherri Pinder, Mental Health and Wellness Navigator, Canadore College
Nicole Roy, Mental Health Project Coordinator/Student Advisor, Northern College
Susan Alcorn MacKay, Project Activities Coordinator
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