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

Reports & Research

Pathways to Promoting Mental Health: A 2015 Survey of Ontario Public Health Units

The CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre based within CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program is pleased to launch the report Pathways to Promoting Mental Health: A 2015 Survey of Ontario Public Health Units.  This report highlights the results of a 2015 provincial survey conducted as...

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Environmental Scan of Promising Practices and Indicators Relevant to Campus Mental Health

Many postsecondary institutions are currently grappling with how to operationalize their emerging mental health strategies and plans and are looking for support in developing concrete goals, strategies, and indicators to support them in evidence-based planning and evaluation. Commissioned...

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Prescription Monitoring Programs in Canada: Best practice and program review

Prescription psychotropic medications are important therapeutic options in clinical practice and can bring significant improvements to the quality of life of patients. However, some of these medications also have the potential to cause significant harms. The involvement of the healthcare system...

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AUCCCD Annual Survey

For the fifth year in a row, anxiety is the top condition of students seeking care at campus counseling centers, according to the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) 2014 survey. Before the last five years, depression was the top condition for which students...

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Taking the Next Step Forward: Building a responsive mental health and addictions system for emerging adults

This executive summary offers an overview of recommendations found in a more comprehensive report detailing the current state of policies and practices in the area of youth transitioning from child and youth to adult mental health and addiction services. The complete report will be released...

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International Students Coping with Stress

This research paper explores the impact of stress on teaching and learning among first-year BA and foundation degree international students in the creative arts at the University of the Arts, London. It is based on the findings of a project on ‘The Experience of First-Year International...

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Canadian Alliance of Student Associations: A roadmap for federal action on student mental health

This paper explores the role that the federal government plays with respect to mental health policy in the postsecondary education (PSE) sector. Generally, health is thought to be a matter of provincial jurisdiction, but the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) believes that the...

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Mental Health Indicators for Canada

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Youth Suicide Prevention at School

A Resource for School Leadership Teams  School Mental Health ASSIST is a provincial implementation support team designed to help Ontario school boards to promote student mental health and well-being. It is part of a commitment by the Ministry of Education to Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s...

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Neurobiology of Mental Illness: A reading group initiative

The purpose of this reading group (or journal club) is threefold: (1) to encourage collaborative, outside-of-classroom learning,(2) to raise awareness of the biological research behind mental disorders and neurological disorders, and (3) to develop a framework for future undergraduate reading...

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Mohawk College – New Vision of Wellness

A Healthy Campus Community is one where the people, processes and spaces contribute to well-being and success for all. It is the words people speak; decisions that are made; actions that are taken, and the culture and systems that are created.   Click the download button to the right...

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Focus on Mental Health

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COU Submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

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Mental Health in Ontario’s Postsecondary Education

This document discusses what it means to be mentally healthy and how it relates to the postsecondary education sphere in Ontario. It provides recommendations to improve the recognition of mental health issues on campus and to enhance support services.  Please download this report on the right...

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Canadian Core Competencies for Case Management Providers

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Canadian Case Management Standards of Practice

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Statcan Flourishing Mental Health Report

This report was released on September 17th, 2014

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Mindfulness and Stress in College Students

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Balancing Individual Safety, Community Safety, and Quality of Life: How to improve interactions between police/security and people with mental illness

At an historic two-day conference in Toronto, Ontario in March 2014, co-hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), stakeholders from policing, mental health, criminal justice, and people with lived experience of mental illness...

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Making the Case for Investing in Mental Health in Canada

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Advancing Equity in Mental Health in Ontario: Understanding key concepts

Equity issues in mental health have a significant and often negative impact on the people, communities, and health system of Ontario. Consider that our lesbian, gay bisexual and trans (LGBT) youth are over four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. That people with...

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An Interprovincial Comparison of Student Financial Aid

This study compares eligibility for student financial aid by examining the amount of funds (both repayable and non-repayable) that a student would be eligible to receive in each province, based on their income group (low-, middle- and high-income). Individual provinces have also demonstrated...

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A Study of Psychiatrist Supply and Practice Patterns in Ontario

We studied the relationships among psychiatrist supply, practice patterns, and access to psychiatrists in Ontario Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) with differing levels of psychiatrist supply. We analyzed practice patterns of full-time psychiatrists (n = 1379) and postdischarge care...

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A Roadmap for Federal Action on Student Mental Health

Mental health remains a pressing issue for students across Canadian campuses as institutions continue to signal an increase in the number of students suffering from mental illness. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) has put forward a policy paper that explores the role the...

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White Paper: Mental health on campus

Prepared for the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers, the purpose of this paper is to provide housing professionals with an overview of current Canadian literature on mental health, best practices for campus programs and supports, training opportunities and available...

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Investing in Mental Health in Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada published two reports that investigated the cost of mental health in Canada. In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness, with a cost to the economy well in excess of $50 billion. This represents 2.8% of 2011...

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College Students Speak: A survey report on Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness conducted a national survey of college students living with mental health conditions to learn about their experiences in school. NAMI designed the survey to hear directly from students about whether schools are meeting their needs and what improvements...

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Extended health insurance for postsecondary students: Limited support for mental health

The purpose of this study was to survey the extended health insurance plans available to undergraduate students at colleges and universities across Canada, to evaluate the extent of coverage for prescription medication and for psychotherapy and counselling services. Results showed that the...

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Mental health information preferences during the early adult years: A discrete choice conjoint analysis

Although most young adults with mood and anxiety disorders do not seek treatment, those who are better informed about mental health problems are more likely to use services. The authors of this paper used conjoint analysis to model strategies for providing information about anxiety and depression...

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Mental Health Literacy in Canadian Young Adults: Results of a national survey

Mental health literacy refers to the ability to recognize, understand and access supports for mental health concerns. This research study used national survey data to compare the mental health literacy of young adults (ages 18-24) with that of older adults (ages 25-64). The researchers found...

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What are young adults saying about mental health? An analysis of internet blogs

The widespread use of internet blogs has created a unique space for hearing from young people. Few studies, however, have examined these blogs to gain a better picture of the experiences of young people with mental health problems – until now. In this paper, researchers from York University...

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Mental Health Training in the Postsecondary Sector

This document briefly explores common practices in mental health “training” at postsecondary institutions: Learning opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to develop knowledge and skills related to mental health. This may include but is not limited to trainings that address general...

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Spring 2013 Reference Group Data Report

American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II: Canadian Referenec Group Data Report Spring 2013. Hanover,MD. American College Health Association;2013.

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Towards a Comprehensive Mental Health Strategy: The crucial role of colleges and universities as partners

The Canadian Mental Health Commission, launched August 2007, proposed to create a national mental health strategy with the release of the draft document, Toward Well-being and Recovery: A Framework towards a Mental Health Strategy for Canada, January 2009. The Ontario Ministry of Health and...

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Student Health: Bringing healthy change to Ontario’s universities

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) believes that the physical and mental health of postsecondary students is critical to their academic success and personal well-being. This report, Student Health: Bringing Healthy Change to Ontario’s Universities, focuses on the provision...

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Postsecondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a systemic approach

This guide outlines a framework for addressing student mental health in postsecondary institutions. It is the result of a commitment undertaken by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to strengthen student...

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Mental health and well-being in postsecondary education settings: A literature and environmental scan to support planning and action in Canada.

MacKean, Gail (June 2011). 

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An Analysis of Counselling Services in Ontario Colleges Initial Report.

Lees, J & Dietsche, P (October 2012). 

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Focus on Mental Health 2012

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Promoting youth mental health through the transition from highschool

Literature review and environmental scan.  Smith-Fowler, H. & Lebel, M. (April 2013). 

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