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

Bridging the Gap from Hospital to University

Bridging the Gap from Hospital to University

Tuesday June 9th, 2015 from 10:15 – 11:15 am

Workshop Overview

The NAvigaTe Project is a partnership between Ryerson University, York University, University of Toronto and Women’s College Hospital and was funded through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Mental Health Innovation Fund from 2013 to 2015.

The NAvigaTe program was designed to provide post-secondary students who have had a hospital stay with: 1) a better understanding and ability to manage their illness/issues, medication (if applicable) and symptoms; 2) an understanding of how to best utilize available resources on and off campus in order to return to and continue their academics; 3) to feel supported in their reintegration into their academic and social environments; and 4) with a better understanding of early warning signs and when to seek out the support they need. By connecting students to key resources, enhancing their understanding of their illness, challenges, symptom management, triggers, etc., the program provides early intervention support that was previously unavailable, thereby decreasing the risk of relapse, crisis, and need for hospital (emergency and inpatient) re-admission.

The workshop focused on describing the program, presenting quantitative and qualitative data collected as well as lessons learned from the one year implementation of NAvigaTe. The session also included a walk-through of the care pathway and the toolkit using case examples.



Dr. Su-Ting Teo, Director of Student Health and Wellness, Ryerson University

Su-Ting Teo is the Director of Student Health and Wellness at Ryerson University with almost 15 years’ experience in Student Affairs as a physician and administrator. Dr. Teo has been involved in advocating for, collaborating on, and leading post-secondary health and mental health initiatives at the local, provincial, and national levels. Phone: 416-979-5000 x. 6587 Email:

Sarah Bell, NAvigaTe Transition Coordinator (Registered Nurse)

Sarah Bell has been the Transition Coordinator for the NAvigaTe Program since February 2014. She is a graduate of the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and has previous degrees in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Queens University. Phone: 416-978-6945 Email:



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