Mental Health Partnership Announced

Sudbury Star
Collège Boréal will donate $5 of every application fee it receives to CMHA Ontario to support of community-based mental health and addictions services.

Boreal and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division, announced what they call a unique fundraising initiative that reminds students about the importance of positive mental health on campus and throughout the province.


The funds will also support CMHA Ontario’s campus program – the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health – which aims to help colleges and universities in the province enhance capacity to support student mental health and well-being.


“Mental health is a concern on any campus as young people often face challenges during significant transitionary periods in their life,” Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario, said in a release. “With this campaign, Collège Boréal is staying true to its reputation as a tight-knit school where students care not only for each other but for the broader community.”


“Boréal students will appreciate the sentiment behind the campaign’s tagline which is ‘Your choice will make a difference for someone else,’” Quenneville said.


Maintaining positive mental health on any campus is a focus for post-secondary institutions. But Collège Boréal said the spotlight is greater here given the high concentration of international students or students from Northern Ontario who may, for the first time, be living and studying thousands of kilometres away from family, friends and familiar culture.


“As a smaller college, we are proud to identify ourselves as a family. We want our students and staff to feel a strong human component and connection to one another no matter where they are on our different campuses,” said Renée Hallée, director of students services at Collège Boréal. “We want them to know that if they’re struggling, they can reach out to us and get the help they need.”


Because of its unique culture and composition of its student body, the college has always paid special attention to developing policies and programs that support its students.
The college has several mental health supports for students, including:
-Guidance to navigate in the system to find appropriate support.

-Financial support for therapy. -Specific staff training in mental health.

-Awareness projects such as seminars and workshops.
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