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14 Recommendations for Documentation Standards and Guidelines for Postsecondary Students with Mental Health Disabilities

This report outlines a series of recommendations for the post-secondary sector arising from a research study carried out by researchers from Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College. Funding for this 30- month project, which began in January 2013, was provided by the Ontario Ministry of...

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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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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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FITA Program Manual

This "From Intention To Action" (FITA) manual offers a clear model of student service that can be employed in starting up similar programs in other colleges, universities, and high schools. The FITA program has the potential to make significant changes in the lives of students and the educational...

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Campus Mental Health Partnerships: Case management toolkit

This toolkit contains forms, protocols, frameworks, survey tools, education and awareness materials created for the Campus Mental Health Partnerships: Extending the Circle of Care project. This second round Mental Health Innovation Fund project was led by Georgian College, in partnership with...

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Promoting Youth Mental Health Through the Transition from High School: Literature review and environmental scan

A report focusing on transitions that was published by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC). This report describes related concepts and the academic literature on student mental health promotion, identifies relevant programs, and outlines what we consider to be important...

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Resources for College Preparation

It’s common for students to have concerns about whether they’re prepared for their college programs. Colleges are accustomed to assessing incoming students and ensuring that appropriate resources are in place to support their success, including remediation where needed, and the attached...

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University Support & Resources for Ontario High School Students

This list of resources meant to augment learning and the skill sets needed for academic success in university. The following programs are available to all students attending Ontario universities. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, partly because universities regularly make adjustments...

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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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World Health Organization’s Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

Mental well-being is a fundamental component of World Health Organization's definition of health. Good mental health enables people to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and contribute to their communities. Mental health matters, but the world...

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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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MHCC’s Youth-Friendly Version of the Mental Health Strategy

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has released The Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Youth Perspective. This document, which was written by the MHCC’s Youth Council, is an adaptation of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada. Drawing on...

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HeadMeds

HeadMeds is a unique resource that campus-based professionals can promote to students, as appropriate, about mental health medication. It provides a range of information and resources geared towards young people aged 13-25, to understand common medications often used to treat mental It was...

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Campus Vibez

Campus Vibez was established to help high school students with their post-secondary decision making and transition through the use of educational technology. Postsecondary education is one of the most important and emotional decisions facing high school students, and Campus Vibez is their...

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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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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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Campus Toolkit for Combatting Sexual Violence

The following documents make up a toolkit for campus-based anti-sexual violence work that has been put together by several students' union representatives. The toolkit includes a collection of best practices for lobbying efforts, outreach and overall awareness and education on campus. Member...

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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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