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

Policies & Legislation

Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student

The JED Foundation created this resource to help campuses develop institutional protocols for acutely distressed or suicidal college students. The resource provides colleges and universities with a list of issues to consider when: Developing a safety protocol Developing an emergency...

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Think Outside the Box: Mental Health Accessibility Project

It’s often assumed that people with disabilities are hyper visible. It’s also often assumed that disability accommodations or accessibility measures are hyper visible, too. For example, when people think about disability and accessibility, they often picture accessible bathrooms, elevators...

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Ontario’s colleges: Stand-alone policy on sexual assault and sexual violence

A finalized stand-alone policy and protocol on sexual assault and sexual violence is now publicly available at each of Ontario’s 24 colleges. The stand-alone policy and protocol provides precise definitions of sexual assault and sexual violence, sets clear standards for reporting and...

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Building a Responsive Mental Health and Addictions System for Emerging Adults

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is pleased to release Taking the Next Step Forward: Building a Responsive Mental Health and Addictions System for Emerging Adults, a comprehensive report that details the current state of policies and practices for youth transitioning from child...

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Guidelines on Student Mental Health Policies and Procedures for Higher Education

This guideline has been written for senior leaders and managers, and aims to support institutions in their promotion of mental wellbeing and in the support they provide for students experiencing mental health difficulties.It highlights clear routes of support, ease of access and appropriate...

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LGBTQ+ Students Policy Paper

On university campuses across Ontario, students who are LGBTQ+ face varying levels of discrimination, exclusion, and increased health and safety risks. This policy paper was developed by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) to explore possible policy interventions. In the fall...

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PHIPA Toolkit

Privacy Toolkit for Social Workers and Social Service Workers: A Guide to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA)On November 1, 2004, the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) came into force. The purpose of PHIPA is to provide consistent and comprehensive...

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UBC – Sentate Consideration of Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Campus Mental Health Know Your Rights: A guide for students who want to seek help for mental illness or emotional distress.

 This is an American resource/guide for college and university students that aims to help them learn about their legal rights when seeking mental health services. The guide also explains what students can expect in their interactions with mental health service providers and what obligations...

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Supporting Students: A model policy for colleges and universities

The Bazelon Center offers this model policy to help American colleges and universities navigate complex issues and develop a nondiscriminatory approach to a student who is in crisis because of a mental health problem. The model was developed after consultation with mental health experts,...

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Substance Use on British Columbia Campuses

March 2012 - A Discussion Paper Prepared for the Drugs and Tabacco Initiatives Program The main purpose of this report is to articulate the findings of a scan of the literature, designed to identify recent drug use prevention and cessation activities, policies, and resources that have demonstrated...

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Alcohol on Campus: Programs and policies

This literature review intends to be a guide for colleges and universities that are in the process of implementing or evaluating initiatives in response to the impact of alcohol on their campus communities.

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New policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions

People with mental health disabilities or addictions have faced considerable and longstanding discrimination, stigmatization and social exclusion in Canada and across the world. In recognition of this, the Supreme Court of Canada has said: "There is no question but that the mentally ill in...

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Policy Approaches to Postsecondary Student Mental Health: A scan of current practice

Universities and colleges are increasingly recognizing the importance of developing policies that promote mental wellness and support students who are experiencing mental health difficulties. This report seeks to support institutional policy development and review around student mental health...

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A Practical Guide to Mental Health and the Law in Ontario

This Toolkit is intended to provide health care providers with a general understanding of mental health law issues and with an overview of the legislation that governs the provision of mental health care in Ontario. It is also written from the perspective of legal counsel who regularly assist...

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Professional Practice and Jurisprudence for Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario

The purpose of this 2013 handbook is to provide information on the ethical and legal framework within which Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) practice in Ontario. There are three main sections to this document:Section 1 discusses professionalism and self regulation and how these concepts...

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Student Mental Health and the Law (American Resource)

The JED Foundation created this comprehensive resource in collaboration with leading experts in higher education law, administration and mental health. This guide provides clarification of FERPA, disability law and other legal issues American colleges face, and includes “good practice”...

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