Bell Let’s Talk and The Rossy Family Foundation commit $1 million to develop a national standard for post-secondary student mental health

Posted on January 31st, 2018

Bell Let’s Talk and The Rossy Family Foundation (The RFF) announced a joint $1,000,000 donation for the creation of a national standard for post-secondary student mental health to support student success on campuses across Canada.

The RFF and Bell Let’s Talk have engaged the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to lead the project to establish the standard in collaboration with Canada’s standards setting organizations.

“The success of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace set the stage for this new initiative. We believe there is tremendous potential to improve the lives and academic success of Canada’s post-secondary students by taking a similar systematic approach,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk.

“Colleges and universities throughout the country are working hard to ensure a psychologically healthy and safe environment for their students. As with the workplace standard, they will benefit from a nationally established, systematic framework to guide and facilitate their mental health efforts.”

“Post-secondary education is an exciting time as youth stretch their wings and become more independent,” said Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

“It is also a time of increased susceptibility to mental health problems and illnesses as students juggle financial, academic, family and personal demands. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is pleased to work with our partners to develop a standard that will provide a roadmap for educational institutions as they strive to safeguard and promote student mental health.”

A national standard for post-secondary student mental health will create a practical and flexible framework that enables institutions to protect and promote students’ psychological health and safety.

Like the workplace standard, it will provide guidance for Canadian universities, colleges and institutes to promote student success through a collaborative approach to mental health between staff, faculty and students.

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