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Literature Highlights



Here, we highlight important grey and academic literature surrounding post-secondary student mental health. You will find summaries and abstracts from relevant papers. Use tags to switch between academic papers and grey literature.

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Shared Perspectives

Shared Perspectives is a joint publication between Council of Alberta University Students, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the New Brunswick Student Alliance, StudentsNS in Nova Scotia and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. It is the first time that all five organizations...

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White Paper on Postsecondary Student Mental Health

The Coordinating Committee for Vice-President Students (CCVPS) commissioned a White Paper on Campus Mental Health to assist colleges by providing information that supports the development of local approaches to build healthy campuses that are inclusive and foster a sense of belonging. The goal...

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Taking the Next Step Forward Building a Responsive Mental Health and Addictions System for Emerging Adults

This report, released by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) considers the current state of Canadian and international policies and programs that support youth with mental health problems and illnesses transitioning into adulthood, argues that our current approaches are substantially...

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International Student Mental Health

International Student Mental Health, published in New Directions for Student Services, describes the mental health status of international students in institutions of higher education, unique challenges these students face and their impact on mental health, and suggestions for ways to address...

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Campus mental health policies across Canadian regions: Need for a national comprehensive strategy

Campus mental health policies across Canadian regions: Need for a national comprehensive strategy, published in Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, reports a study that aims to examine the current state of campus mental health policies and procedures at Canadian postsecondary institutions...

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With Learning In Mind: Inquiry report on systemic barriers to academic accommodation for post-secondary students with mental health disabilities

In 2016, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) wrote to public colleges and universities in Ontario asking them to implement six specific measures to reduce systemic barriers to post-secondary education for students with mental health disabilities. Released on June 9, 2017, the Inquiry...

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Campus Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Putting Best Practice Policy into Action

Campus Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Putting Best Practice Policy into Action, published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, talks about developing and implementing strategies on campus for suicide prevention. This article, written by Cheryl A. Washburn of the University of...

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Strengthening the Case for Investing in Canada’s Mental Health System: Economic Considerations

In 2013, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) The Mental Health Commission of Canada released Making the Case for Investing in Mental Health in Canada, which set out a clear economic argument for investing in the mental health of people in Canada. Forecasting ahead three decades,...

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Acknowledge the Barriers to Better the Practices: Support for Student Mental Health in Higher Education

What are some of the more common barriers that currently limit the development, implementation, and sustainability of student mental health services in Canadian post-secondary education? Maria Lucia DiPlacito-DeRango from the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning says that...

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Open Minds, Healthy Minds, Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

Open Minds, Healthy Minds, Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, is a plan to support mental health throughout life, from childhood to old age, and to provide the integrated services and supports that Ontarians need if they experience a mental illness or addictions....

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Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada

On May 8th, 2012 the Mental Health Commission of Canada released their report ‘Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada’. The Strategy focuses on improving mental health and well-being for all people living in Canada and on creating a mental health system...

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Healthy Universities: Developing an Holistic and Joined-Up Approach to Mental Wellbeing

This Healthy Universities Guidance Package introduces the concept of mental wellbeing and describes mental health as existing on a continuum. Both staff and student wellbeing are discussed briefly. It also provides a wider context for mental health, listing recent legislation and strategies...

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Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities & Colleges

The Okanagan Charter is a document formally adopted by six Canadian universities in October 2016. Developed during the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, which was hosted by the University of British Columbia, the charter encourages institutions to...

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