Caring Campus Project

The Caring Campus project was a three-year intervention research project funded by Movember
Canada that fostered new awareness regarding the interconnection between gender, mental health, and
substance (specifically alcohol) misuse on three university campuses in Canada, and encouraged new approaches to promote young men’s health. In this project, we demonstrated that male students are willing
to assume leadership roles to promote mental health and healthier alcohol use to their peers and enact a
social agenda for change. Empowerment strategies encouraged male students to enlist like-minded peers
to advance men’s mental health and transform campus drinking cultures, including countering gender based ideals and norms associated with mental health problems and substance misuse. There is now great
potential to influence the way in which other post-secondary institutions approach mental wellness and
substance misuse using the Caring Campus model, which uses student empowerment to catalyze change.

To visit the website, click here.

To read a journal article overview of the project, click here.

Lead Institute
Queen's University
Project Lead

Heather Stuart

Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair
Queen’s University

Partner Organizations
  • University of Calgary
  • Dalhousie University
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