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

Campus Initiative

Enhancing Mental Health and Wellness Outcomes for Aboriginal Learners – NEW MHIF

With a shared commitment to foster supportive and holistic learning environments, the Aboriginal Resource Centre at the University of Guelph, Six Nations Polytechnic, and Student Services at Mohawk College are uniquely positioned to facilitate the development of regionally focused and culturally responsive wellness and mental health supports that benefit Aboriginal learners. The goal of this initiative is to improve the preparedness, transition and success of Aboriginal learners, to manage and overcome mental health challenges. Specific objectives of this initiative include:

  • Ensuring the specific mental health needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners are understood and addressed
  • Developing and deliver innovative and culturally relevant training modules for mainstream counseling centres and resources for frontline staff, faculty and Knowledge Holders
  • Supporting Aboriginal learners in gaining a greater understanding of and receptivity to wellness and mental health programs and services
  • Providing intentionally designed wellness supports for Aboriginal Learners to facilitate their transitions and persistence
  • Developing programs and services that support Aboriginal Learners’ ability to manage and overcome mental health challenges that impair their ability to thrive, and

Researching the impact that targeted interventions, resources and prevention strategies can have on Aboriginal student mental health and wellness in multiple postsecondary settings.

Project Contact:

Laurie Scharr

Director, Student Life
University of Guelph

Cara Wehkamp

Manager, Office of Intercultural Affairs
University of Guelph

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