Future Launch Video Series

These videos for international students help them in to face challenges they might face living in a new country.

Sponsored by the RBC Future Launch fund.

Loneliness and Connection

Many students have the perception that post-secondary education is supposed to be one of the most interactive times of life, full of self-discovery and long-lasting relationships. The reality is that for many, starting post-secondary education involves leaving behind valuable support systems including childhood friends, family, and even communities.

This video explores how loneliness is experienced on our campuses and how it may affect our mental health. By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to an accessible and evidence-based introduction to loneliness and isolation.
  • Learn about the interplay between isolation and connectedness and how it may affect each of us differently.
  • Start to explore ways to make meaningful connections and relationships.


A 2021 poll commissioned by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division found that 35 per cent of Ontarians are feeling very high or high anxiety (up from 30 per cent in the summer of 2020). The ongoing pandemic is also causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety on our campuses.

This video provides a high-level overview of how stress and anxiety might impact students. By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand and contextualize stress
  • Increase internal coping skills through various modalities.
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