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Important Resources and Recommendations

Resources and recommendations around promising practices and approaches to campus-community connections to support student.


According to Public Health Agency of Canada, a Best Practice is defined as an intervention, program, service, or strategy that has, through multiple implementations, demonstrated

  • High Impact – positive changes related to the desired goal(s).
  • High Adaptability – successful adaptation and transferability to different settings.
  • High Quality of Evidence – excellent quality of research/evaluation methodology, confirming the intervention’s high impact and adaptability evidence.

When helping those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, it is important for staff to have an understanding of current best practices and promising practices.  Although there is a broad spectrum of recommended practices, the following is an abbreviated list of those most generally used in Canada and Ontario:

Public Health Agencies of Canada

Health Canada

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

British Columbia Health Care

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)


The following is a list of Knowledge Exchange Centres that can provide connections in the mental health community.  This can include research, reports, webinars, conferences and other website and social media channels:


According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, recovery is the personal process that people with mental health conditions experience in gaining control, meaning and purpose in their lives.  Recovery involves different things for different people.  For some, recovery means the complete absence of the symptoms of mental illness.  For others, recovery means living a full life in the community while learning to live with ongoing symptoms.

The following resources provide support and hope for campus staff helping individuals that are currently dealing with mental health conditions:

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Recovery Canada

Canadian Nurse


Public Health Agency of Canada – Best Practices Portal

Mental Health & Wellness

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Health Promotion Resource

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children (7–12) & youth (13–19)

Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario

Mental Health Promotion: A Framework for Action


Heretohelp – Accommodating Students with Ongoing Mental Health Issues

Lessons from York U’s Psychiatric Dis/Abilities Program

University of Washington – Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO IT)

Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

Accommodating Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

Boston University – Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

What Accommodation Support School Performance?


Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Circle of Care Sharing Personal Health Information for Health-Care Purposes

Ontario Human Rights Commission

Human rights and mental health (fact sheet)

Post-secondary Education

Duty to Accommodate

Ontario Hospital Association

A Practical Guide to Mental Health and the Law in Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario

Human Rights