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63% report experiencing sexual harassment on campus, Ontario survey shows
Merrilee Fullerton, minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, calls the results disturbing
March 20, 2019
The Ontario government says 63 per cent of university students who took a province-wide survey on campus sexual violence reported they have experienced some type of sexual harassment. Nearly 50 per cent of college students surveyed reported the same. Merrilee Fullerton, the minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, called the results of the survey —...
Year-end stress ups urgency of Western fundraiser
March 13, 2019
A fraternity at Western University that lost a member to suicide nearly a decade ago continues to raise money for mental health resources on campus, services it says still are lacking at high-stress times of the school year. Western students are gearing up for the Austen Berlet camp-out for mental health, a student-led event that has added gravity after the suicide of...
Schools not preparing students for 'success in this complex world,' report finds
Ontario needs more counsellors to help students cope with future demands, People for Education says
February 26, 2019
By: Natalie Nanowski Ontario schools are struggling to prepare students for the future by failing to implement policies on career and life planning, a new report by People for Education say. The study, “Roadmaps and roadblocks,” argues that groundwork for adulthood should begin in kindergarten, not just in high school, as is most...
Sex assault response training rolling out on Ontario campuses is 'critical'
Creators of training program says myths about sexual violence have 'permeated our thinking'
February 25, 2019
By: Lisa Xing Students who come forward about their experiences with sexual violence on campuses should be met with a supportive response, according to researchers at Western University, who are launching a training program across Ontario campuses. The “Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence” training was developed over three years by a team at the...
Responding to student mental health concerns in social work education: reflective questions for social work educators
By Sarah Todd, Kenta Asakura, Brenda Morris, Brooke Eagle & Gareth Park
February 4, 2019
In this paper, we explore ways in which social work educators might respond to students who report that mental health issues underlie their difficulty in meeting core competencies, or otherwise use the language of mental health to describe their struggles to succeed in social work programs. We discuss various trends in policy responses in Canada,...
Student mental health services at McGill transformed by new Rossy Student Wellness Hub
News A partnership between The Rossy Foundation and McGill University establishes a new approach to student wellness and mental health, as well as a revitalized physical space
February 4, 2019
McGill University announced today a new approach to student mental health and well-being that includes the Rossy Student Wellness Hub. The ambitious $14-million initiative reimagines the way health services are provided, with a newly integrated, campus-wide approach to physical and mental health and wellness, and a greater emphasis on awareness, prevention and earlier intervention. McGill’s...
College introduces free psychotherapy services
January 31, 2019
Students at Northern College were introduced to two new, free psychotherapy services they can use for help dealing with low mood, stress, and worry. Both skill-building programs, funded by the Ontario Government, are designed to help adults and youth with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. BounceBack is a telephonecoaching program with workbooks and videos and Big White...
Statement by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott on Bell Let's Talk Day
January 30, 2019
January 30, 2019 9:00 A.M. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care On Bell Let’s Talk Day, we are reminded that we must take mental health as seriously as any health issue, because mental health is health. The important conversations taking place today – online, in the workplace and in our communities – reduce...
Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People's Mental Health
Ph.D. candidates suffer from anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation at astonishingly high rates.
December 4, 2018
By: Alia Wong “I was always gung ho about going to graduate school for some reason,” reflects Everet Rummel, a data analyst at the City University of New York. “That was naive.” Rummel was indeed gung ho, embarking on a doctoral program in economics immediately after completing both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just...
The Centre Published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions
November 16, 2018
Systemic issues in the post-secondary mental health sector, including the challenges of maintaining best practices, are key issues in newly published research by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (the Centre). Authored by the Centre’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, Pearlyn Ng, and Director, Marija Padgen, “An Overview of Post-Secondary Mental Health...
63% report experiencing sexual harassment on campus, Ontario survey showsYear-end stress ups urgency of Western fundraiserSchools not preparing students for 'success in this complex world,' report findsSex assault response training rolling out on Ontario campuses is 'critical'Responding to student mental health concerns in social work education: reflective questions for social work educators