Mental Health on Canadian Campuses: A National Survey of Services

Ask the Experts: CICMH Webinar Series #24

The high prevalence of mental health issues among post-secondary students is well-documented but comparatively little is known about the adequacy, accessibility and adherence to ‘best practices’ of mental health services/initiatives on post-secondary campuses. We evaluated existing mental health promotion, identification and intervention initiatives at post-secondary institutions across Canada, using a 54- question online survey. 168 out of 180 institutions responded. While integral mental health services are offered at most Canadian post-secondary institutions, the range and depth of available services is variable. The presentation will also briefly discuss the development of a campus mental health strategy at the University of Calgary.

Key Learnings
  1. To review briefly the data summarizing the rates and nature of mental health problems on Canadian campuses
  2. To discuss data from a national survey of Canadian Universities describing the range of mental health initiatives and programs currently available on Canadian campuses.
  3. To consider how the provision of mental health services to Canadian students might be optimized with a focus on work conducted at the University of Calgary

Glenda M. MacQueen, PhD, MD, FRCPC
Vice Dean, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Glenda MacQueenGlenda MacQueen, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary in Calgary. She earned her PhD in Psychology from McMaster University and her MD from McMaster University Medical School, where she also completed her residency in psychiatry. Dr. MacQueen’s research focuses on the neurobiology and clinical features of mood disorders. She was a founding member of the Brain Body Institute and is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education. Dr. MacQueen is an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Dr MacQueen was the 2008 recipient of the Innovations award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology and in 2011 received the Douglas Utting award for studies in depression. As well in 2014 she received the Heinz Lehmann Award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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