Mental Health Framework
UOIT’s mental health framework is designed to expand UOIT’s capacity to provide timely and appropriate support to students who demonstrate academic, physical or emotional behaviours that present as barriers to their academic or personal success. It consists of establishing four key components: (1) Faculty and Staff Guide to Student Mental Health Services, (2) Student LifeLine, (3) Student Mental Health Services, and (4) Assessment and Care Team (ACT).
- The Faculty and Staff Guide to Student Mental Health Services sets out a protocol that can be used by faculty and staff to assist in recognizing and responding to emerging student mental health concerns
- Student LifeLine is the main access point to relevant mental health services for UOIT students. Its purpose is to provide timely and appropriate support to students. In addition, the UOIT community can call for consultation or send a referral if they are concerned about a student’s well-being or if they identify an emerging mental health issue
- Student Mental Health Services are staffed by regulated mental health professionals who provide crisis intervention, assessment, counselling and community referrals for UOIT students
- Assessment and Care Team is part of an early identification, distress response and referral system. It consists of a network of UOIT faculty and staff who receive ongoing mental health trainings including Mindsight (an online educational tool developed by UOIT Faculty Dr. Wendy Stanyon), Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and various crisis intervention workshops.