Creating the Roadmap to a Campus Mental Health Strategy

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Everywhere you turn there seems to be a reminder of the importance of integrating a campus mental health strategy; yet, for many, the destination seems far way and even overwhelming.

Let us help guide you down the right path to your campus mental health strategy! Learn about practical principles that can be applied to diverse campus environments, and hear from two experienced campus community members as they highlight key learnings from their own campus journeys through facilitated (virtual) breakout rooms.


Dr. Andrew Szeto is director of the Campus Mental Health Strategy at the University of Calgary responsible for guiding the implementation and evaluation of the university’s 28 recommendations. He is a Principal Investigator at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Over the past six years Dr. Szeto has focused on the evaluation of workplace mental illness anti-stigma and mental health promotion programs. He currently works with numerous organizations from different sectors across Canada to implement and evaluate these programs. Dr. Szeto also conducts basic research that examines the stigma of mental illness with social psychological methods and theories, including research on labeling, attitudes, and new interventions to reduce stigma. He has published academic articles on various topics related to the stigma of mental illness.

Chris Balmer was the project lead for the development of Camosun College’s Student Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy, which was launched in January 2016 and has a four-year mandate. Chair of the college’s mental health advisory committee, Chris currently coordinates the implementation of the Strategy’s first two-year recommendations, which include engaging students and employees in mental health literacy, campus mental health promotion and stigma reduction initiatives, and developing mental health-informed policy, wellbeing resources, and resiliency strategies. He has been an active contributor to Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses’ annual Summits, as well as a post-secondary consultant to the BC government’s inter-ministerial mental health strategy initiative.

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