Young woman shares her mental health challenges to help others

Posted on October 18th, 2017

Twenty-seven-year-old Ashley Duncan has coped with mental health challenges most of her life. And she will proudly share both her struggles, and how she copes. “I have a mental illness, […]

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Ontario report finds provincial funding has not kept up with demand for mental health services, support

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Ontario colleges are spending $160 million more than they receive from the government to provide mental health services and supports for students — a need that continues to grow and […]

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‘It’s OK not to be OK’: Michael Phelps opens up about anxiety in new documentary

Posted on October 16th, 2017

A new documentary about anxiety argues that everyone to some extent suffers from stress, nerves and social fear. And, to make their point, the filmmakers have enlisted as Exhibit A […]

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A champion of mental health awareness

Posted on October 13th, 2017

Watching a friend and former teammate struggle with bouts of depression was all the motivation Myles Mattila needed. Three years ago, Mattila, then just 15, decided he would do whatever […]

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‘Coddling’ not the culprit of mental illnesses

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Oh, how we “coddle” our young. Isn’t that the fashionable lament out there? We coddle them so much that by the time they are midway through high school or enrolled […]

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Child and youth rep asks B.C. to improve mental health services following death

Posted on October 11th, 2017

Following an investigation into the death of a B.C. teenager who took his own life, Bernard Richard is calling on the new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to improve […]

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Editorial by UBC and U of T

Posted on October 10th, 2017

One in five Canadians – regardless of age, ethnicity or income level – will experience a significant mental-health condition at some point in their lives. Many more will be touched […]

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Midterms, ‘turkey dump’ impact mental health of stressed students

Posted on October 6th, 2017

The first few weeks of university or college can be exciting for new students, but at the same time, an incredibly stressful time. For many students, it’s the first time […]

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Mental health housecalls new student strategy at University of Guelph

Posted on October 4th, 2017

Students in residence at the University of Guelph shouldn’t be surprised if the president of the school knocks on their door starting Monday. That’s because president Franco Vaccarino along with other […]

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Dennis the campus cat helps relieve stress

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

The adventures of a campus cat have transformed a flea-ridden stray into an online celebrity with his own fan club. Dennis the cat is so popular among students and staff […]

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PEP-AH Action Guide

Posted on October 2nd, 2017

The Post-secondary Education Partnership for Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) is a strong partnership of post-secondary institutions from across Canada. It is a network of campuses that are committed to understanding the […]

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Learning to include Indigenous knowledge in the classroom

Posted on September 29th, 2017

As summertime began to wane a few weeks back, I began my usual reflections about prepping for my university teaching responsibilities. Getting back into the classroom with my graduate students […]

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Cannabis on campus: how B.C. universities plan to deal with the coming legalization of pot

Posted on September 28th, 2017

University and college campuses across B.C. will need to re-evaluate their smoking policies in preparation for the proposed legalization of marijuana set for July 1, 2018. Smoking regulations vary from campus […]

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Some international students fear seeking help for burnout

Posted on September 27th, 2017

Most students are encouraged to seek help to combat stress, but international students who are burning out fear that asking for help may lead to deportation.   Adolfo Ruiz, 21, is from […]

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B.C. students work more, owe more than other Canadian students

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

That post-secondary students in B.C. work more and owe more in loans comes as no surprise to Caitlin McCutchen. The Kwantlen University student who’s in year 5, part-time, of her […]

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Cross-country mental health data should be standardized, researchers say

Posted on September 19th, 2017

A new report is providing a rare opportunity for health care providers and policy makers to directly compare statistics on mental illness and treatment in different parts of Canada. “Toward […]

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16 to 24-year-olds in BC have hardest time accessing mental health services

Posted on September 18th, 2017

Young people between 16 and 24 years old have more challenges than other age groups in getting mental health and addiction services in Canada, a new study comparing mental health care […]

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UVic launches its first Indigenous Plan

Posted on September 15th, 2017

As a key event during the Indigenous Week of Welcome (Sept. 11–14), UVic is launching its first Indigenous Plan. “The plan places Indigenous students, faculty, staff and their communities at […]

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How PSE professionals can support one another’s mental health

Posted on September 14th, 2017

If we see a colleague with a fever, we say “go home and rest.” Why can’t we treat mental illness with the same understanding? Today, I want to revisit the […]

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Social environment critical to end cycle of substance misuse

Posted on September 13th, 2017

Dr. Tim Dyck of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia believes that we can learn a lot about alcohol misuse by looking at a student’s […]

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Partnership aims to reduce alcohol harms on Canadian campuses

Posted on September 12th, 2017

Thirty-six universities and colleges have teamed up with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and Universities Canada in an effort to curb high-risk drinking. The Postsecondary Partnership – Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH), as […]

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New student mental health program to be piloted on seven Canadian campuses

Posted on September 11th, 2017

This fall, seven Canadian universities and colleges will take part in a Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) led pilot project to teach students how to better understand and manage their mental […]

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How some campuses respond to, and are thinking about preventing, student suicides

Posted on September 9th, 2017

It can sometimes feel like the final days of a semester can’t come soon enough. Compounding that feeling, because of where the Easter long weekend fell on the calendar this past […]

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New North Island College campus improves access for students, community

Posted on September 8th, 2017

North Island College’s Mount Waddington regional campus is moving to the Thunderbird Mall to be more accessible to students and the community. The college began renovating its new 6,000 square […]

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Quebec City CEGEPs rush to ready themselves for legal pot

Posted on September 7th, 2017

Quebec City’s post-secondary schools are scrambling to ready themselves for the 2018 back-to-school period, when marijuana becomes legal in Canada. “It’s five minutes to midnight,” said André Roy, communications director […]

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UVic sexualized violence policy encourages all campus members to build respectful, safe campus

Posted on September 7th, 2017

The university is in the early stages of implementing UVic’s new sexualized violence policy with creation of a central resource office, hiring of a coordinator of education and response and […]

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Interview with Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education

Posted on September 6th, 2017

B.C.’s new Minister of Advanced Education says government will move quickly to expand a tuition-fee waiver program for former youth in care.  In an interview with Postmedia on Thursday, Melanie […]

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Ryerson University’s orientation focuses on making mental health accessible

Posted on September 6th, 2017

Ryerson University is making strides to transform what can be the most nerve-wracking time of year for many teens — back to school — by offering “accessible” orientation that emphasizes mental […]

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New wellness centre at UBC in January 2018

Posted on September 5th, 2017

When over 45,000 students start another semester of classes at the University of British Columbia next month, they’ll be given information to help them if they have any academic or […]

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New Minister of Advanced Education committed to student mental health

Posted on September 2nd, 2017

It was a pressing priority for Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark to get out early in her mandate and engage with students, faculty and staff at all […]

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The importance of self-care for post-secondary faculty and staff

Posted on September 1st, 2017

If more colleges and universities implement self-care programs, the result will be more engaged campuses that are capable of promoting greater student success, producing higher levels of research and serving […]

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Psychologist warns of strain felt by perfectionist students

Posted on August 31st, 2017

As students prepare to go back to school, a clinical psychologist warns they should beware of the pitfalls of perfectionism. “I suppose that in some ways, August is the calm […]

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BCIT Student Association is hiring!

Posted on August 29th, 2017

The BCIT Student Association is hiring a Health and Wellness Program Coordinator! The Coordinator is responsible for acting as a contact point and resource for health and wellness related programs. You plan, […]

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Fall a great time to talk mental health with students

Posted on August 29th, 2017

Mental health issues are a struggle for many youth, but Jacob O’Halloran is determined to help a little bit at a time. A Guysborough native and current Dalhousie University student, […]

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Red River College launches online mental health platform for students

Posted on August 28th, 2017

“Are you OK?” Sitting in class one day last year, Abbigail Guse said she couldn’t admit to her instructor that she wasn’t OK — she was juggling college, work, relationships […]

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Everything parents should know about post-secondary mental health

Posted on August 25th, 2017

It’s much easier to have a plan in place before a mental health crisis emerges while a student is away at college. Here are some tips for parents of new college students […]

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’We’re not a treatment facility’: The struggle for campuses to provide students mental health care

Posted on August 24th, 2017

Demand for mental health services at Ontario universities and colleges has reached an all-time high. With another wave of students about to begin a new academic year, the pressure on […]

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What makes a strong campus mental health system? Experts weigh in

Posted on August 23rd, 2017

The start of college or university can be a challenging time for students. They may be living away from home for the first time, far from their friends and family. […]

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Youth need mental health supports earlier: survey

Posted on August 22nd, 2017

British Columbia needs to improve its mental health supports for teenagers, particularly in schools, according to four in five participants in a three-week mental health survey. The informal online poll, created […]

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How many Ontario post-secondary students die by suicide each year?

Posted on August 21st, 2017

Students at the University of Waterloo know Chase Graham took his own life. They may never have met him. They may not know he was a brilliant student or that […]

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Two New Brunswick campuses establish first Canadian research chairs in cannabis

Posted on August 18th, 2017

As the federal government moves ahead with plans to legalize recreational marijuana use by July 2018, two universities in Fredericton are hiring the first two Canadian research chairs in the […]

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Five things undergrads can do now to prepare to enter the job market

Posted on August 17th, 2017

Next month, students will be heading off to university – some for the first time and others for the last time. There are several things they can do now to […]

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Smartphones and mental health

Posted on August 16th, 2017

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental health crisis. I’ve been researching generational differences […]

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UCalgary Poo’miikapii Program puts Indigenous knowledge at forefront of mental health treatment

Posted on August 15th, 2017

Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing have not been at the forefront when supporting wellness needs for Indigenous communities. The Poo’miikapii Program seeks to change this by educating service […]

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BC Centre on Substance Use partners with UBC to launch training program for opioid treatment prescribers

Posted on August 14th, 2017

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has partnered with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine to launch a new learning program designed to provide opioid addiction treatment support for new treatment prescribers in […]

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Dal Student Union opening centre for sex assault survivors and victims, re-launching helpline

Posted on August 11th, 2017

The Dalhousie Student Union will open a support centre for survivors of sexual violence in September and plans to re-launch a helpline service that was suspended last fall because of a lack of […]

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“Shared Perspectives”, collaborative student mental health publication released

Posted on August 10th, 2017

Shared Perspectives, a joint publication on mental health, is the first time that all five organizations–the Council of Alberta University Students; Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance; New Brunswick Student Alliance; StudentsNS; and […]

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Student health and wellbeing focus of new UBC course

Posted on August 9th, 2017

UBC Okanagan students have a new elective course to consider this fall, as the university introduces the HEAL 100 course on health and wellbeing. Developed over the past year by […]

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Job opportunity with SFU: Associate Director, Counselling

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Simon Fraser University Health & Counselling Services is seeking an Associate Director of Counselling. Position Outline: Reporting to the Director, Health & Counselling, the Associate Director, Counselling is responsible for […]

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University of Guelph adopts Okanagan Charter

Posted on July 27th, 2017

The University of Guelph is helping lead a Canadian university movement to promote health and well-being on campuses. U of G is one of 10 universities in Canada to formally […]

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Grad school is hard on mental health. Here’s an antidote.

Posted on July 21st, 2017

I knew grad school would be difficult, but I was surprised to find one way in which I wanted to work harder: learning how to talk about science. I grew […]

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Canada committed to improving mental health in Indigenous communities

Posted on July 20th, 2017

Last weekend, two more young people died by suicide in Northern Ontario. Each loss adds to the disturbingly high suicide rates among Indigenous youth. But statistics don’t help grieving families. […]

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Report on Indigenous suicide issues 28 recommendations

Posted on July 19th, 2017

A House of Commons committee looking at the issue of Indigenous suicide is urging the federal government to make sure Indigenous communities have resources available after hours and on weekends […]

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Suicide prevention toolkit survey

Posted on July 18th, 2017

The Mental Health Commission of Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, the Centre for Suicide Prevention, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, is developing toolkits […]

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UCalgary program helps students discover, own, and apply unique talents

Posted on July 4th, 2017

If you were asked right now, what is your greatest strength, would you be able to answer confidently? For many of us, a response can be difficult to put into […]

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A focus on mental health could help end Canada’s fentanyl crisis

Posted on June 30th, 2017

We are in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, with fentanyl-related overdoses causing the death of thousands of Canadians. I believe this crisis is due, to a great extent, […]

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Queen’s editorial on stepped care model

Posted on June 29th, 2017

A proposal to use a ‘stepped care’ model for mental health services on campuses is well-intentioned, but has some serious pitfalls for those in immediate distress.  The Stepped Care 2.0 […]

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Algoma University partners with CMHA to improve mental health services

Posted on June 28th, 2017

Algoma University has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) on an agreement that will improve mental health services to students. The initiative comes at a time when student […]

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NS students praise AB investment in campus mental health, call for similar investment

Posted on June 27th, 2017

Students Nova Scotia applauds Alberta’s commitment to post-secondary mental health and calls on the Nova Scotia Government to address this important issue through increased collaboration with students. Announced earlier this […]

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TranQool online therapy helped U of G students during tragic year

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

When repeated tragedies related to mental health struck the University of Guelph during the academic year just passed, TranQool was there to help. An online counselling service dedicated to cognitive […]

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NDP pledges $26M to Alberta post-secondary mental health

Posted on June 21st, 2017

Amid concerns over stress, depression and suicide on campus, the NDP government is pledging nearly $26 million over three years to boost mental-health services for Alberta’s post-secondary students. The funding, […]

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Crash and burn (out): 5 stages of post-doctoral collapse

Posted on June 20th, 2017

The number of postdoctoral researchers that burn out at an early stage of their career seems to be increasing, and mental health has been a hot topic at universities and […]

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Canadian post-secondary education partnership launches to reduce alcohol-related harms on campus

Posted on June 19th, 2017

The Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms (PEP–AH) launched today with a strong commitment to taking steps to address collectively alcohol-related harms on Canadian campuses. PEP–AH is a partnership among Canadian […]

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A holistic systems approach to campus mental health

Posted on June 13th, 2017

With commencement season upon us, post-secondary graduates around the world are getting some wonderful advice before they sail off into the “real world.” But even before they graduate, students are […]

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A portrait of faculty mental health in the U.S.

Posted on June 9th, 2017

“Disclosure of Mental Disability by College and University Faculty: The Negotiation of Accommodations, Supports and Barriers” says it’s the first-ever cross-institutional survey of its kind and seeks to fill a […]

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KPU survey finds most students with mental health needs don’t make use of university resources

Posted on June 8th, 2017

A Kwantlen Polytechnic University student has concluded a study that determines how, why, and to what degree students in need have accessed KPU’s on-campus mental health services. Under the supervision […]

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New student mindfulness app

Posted on June 7th, 2017

The simple act of taking a few deep breaths between classes, before the big game or while studying for a final exam can reduce stress, maintain focus and contribute to […]

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Demand for mental health care growing at Canadian universities

Posted on June 6th, 2017

Demand for mental health care at universities across Canada, including UBC, is growing according to a recent investigation by the Toronto Star and Ryerson School of Journalism. But some students say the university’s services aren’t […]

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LGBQ students often go off-campus for mental health help

Posted on June 5th, 2017

Campus mental health services at colleges and universities may not be accessible enough to lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning and queer (LGBQ) students, a new study suggests. Researchers found that LGBQ […]

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Demand for post-secondary mental health services is exploding: how campuses and business are reacting

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Data collected from across the country shows the extent of the problems. “There is a perception that this age group is healthy, but they’re not.” At age 18, Kimberly could […]

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Crisis on campus: Universities struggle with students in distress

Posted on May 29th, 2017

Universities across the country are facing a mental health crisis on campus, sparking an explosion in demands for services from students who feel hopeless, depressed and suicidal. One Monday morning in March, a […]

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Important staffing update: Jonny Morris leaving CMHA BC

Posted on May 25th, 2017

Dear Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses community members: Jonny Morris, Senior Director of Policy, Research and Planning, is leaving CMHA BC after nine years of service. Jonny is moving into […]

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Number of UK university dropouts due to mental health problems trebles

Posted on May 25th, 2017

Data shows record 1,180 students who experienced mental ill health left courses early in 2014-15, up 210% from 2009-10 The number of students to drop out of university with mental […]

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Student dedicates career to dispelling myths about schizophrenia

Posted on May 24th, 2017

When Leonard Reynen was diagnosed with schizophrenia, at age 18, he thought his life was over. The Algonquin College public relations student had seen what the mental illness had meant […]

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U of Guelph holds workshop to review its mental health strategy

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Coming out of a school year that saw four students die by suicide, the University of Guelph is reviewing its mental health strategy. On Monday, May 15, the school held […]

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A “stepped” approach can help to ease access to mental health care on campus

Posted on May 19th, 2017

A Q&A with Peter Cornish of Memorial University on the Stepped Care model, which he hopes will get everyone on campus to be part of the support system for those […]

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Congrats to three more Canadian campuses adopting the Charter!

Posted on May 11th, 2017

Congratulations to: King’s College at Western University McMaster University University of Saskatchewan on adopting the Okanagan Charter! This brings the count to nine, after six post-secondary institutions adopted the Charter […]

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On Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”: Like it or not, we need to talk about suicide

Posted on May 10th, 2017

As you read this, is there something inside of you that feels icky and uncomfortable? Are your inclined to want to make it all just go away? Acknowledge that feeling. […]

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Ontario announces increased funding for post-secondary mental health services

Posted on May 9th, 2017

The government of Ontario has announced a “substantial” $6 million increase to annual funding for college and university mental health services. Provincial support of on-campus mental health care resources will […]

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Is mental health stigma lessening? Canadians opening up more than ever, survey suggests

Posted on May 8th, 2017

Alicia Raimundo knew she was different from her peers when she was only six years old. “The things that would make my friends excited or happy would make me sad […]

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“How mental health should be taught in Canadian schools”

Posted on May 5th, 2017

Measuring success for Stacey De Souza’s students isn’t as conventional as getting an A on a test, making the basketball team or graduating from high school. Major wins for her […]

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Why more Canadian millennials than ever are at ‘high risk’ of mental health issues

Posted on May 4th, 2017

You know their predicament: student debt, shaky employment and housing prices that are out of reach. Millennials have their share of life’s worries, and it’s taking a toll on their […]

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Seeking help for mental health issues inspires others to do the same: study

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

Nearly one in five people in industrialized countries will suffer from mental health issues or substance abuse disorders in any given year. Less than half of them will seek out […]

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Ways to enhance experiential learning for students living with disabilities

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

Providing work-integrated and experiential learning opportunities for students continues to be a widely discussed priority for higher education. To this end, the Career Kick Start Strategy that was recently announced by […]

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Statement by the Prime Minister for #MentalHealthWeek

Posted on May 1st, 2017

Ottawa, Ontario May 1, 2017 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Mental Health Week: “This week, I encourage all Canadians to #GetLoud to raise awareness […]

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Funding opportunity for communities to host dialogue on opioid and substance use!

Posted on April 25th, 2017

The provincial government has provided funding to the Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) to distribute grants to community coalitions desirous of hosting and engaging their community in a […]

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Are universities doing enough to support mental health?

Posted on April 21st, 2017

Students report feeling overwhelmed while their schools struggle to address the demand for help University isn’t meant to be easy, but it isn’t supposed to be this hard: since November […]

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The value of campus sexual violence policies

Posted on April 19th, 2017

Recently, McGill University adopted its policy against sexual violence. While celebrating this development, I admit that well before this policy was drafted and adopted, I was skeptical about its utility. […]

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Laurentian University students ‘frustrated’ by referendum on funding mental health care

Posted on April 18th, 2017

Laurentian University students recently rejected the opportunity to pay more for increased counselling services on campus. Now some are questioning why something as fundamental as mental health care became a referendum […]

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UCalgary invites campus mental health grant proposals until April 30

Posted on April 13th, 2017

Do you have a great idea to make life a little better on campus — but the only thing stopping you is the money to do it? With the new […]

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Arrive and Thrive is a gateway for Mac students with mental health issues

Posted on April 12th, 2017

There are hidden parts of McMaster University, natural “auditoriums,” so to speak, cupped into the deepening woodlands that trail away from the parking lots, ivied brick buildings and bustle of […]

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Mental health clinic for youth first of its kind in Alberta

Posted on April 11th, 2017

ACCESS Open Minds helps young people between the ages of 11 and 25 A new clinic for children and young adults with mental health and addictions issues will provide the kind […]

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UWaterloo creates advisory committee on mental health in wake of student suicides

Posted on April 10th, 2017

The University of Waterloo (U of W) is establishing an advisory committee on mental health, according to a Mar. 27 press release from Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of U of W. […]

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Brock highlights mental health supports on campus

Posted on April 7th, 2017

Mental health and wellness are imperative to academic success and Brock has committed to ensuring the supports students need to thrive are readily available, said Sarah Pennisi, Director of Brock’s […]

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UBC president Santa Ono opens up about his struggle with mental health

Posted on April 6th, 2017

University of British Columbia’s president opened up for the first time Tuesday about his struggle with mental health and how he twice tried to take his own life. Santa Ono […]

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UBC president shares his story of recovery at mental health Summit

Posted on April 4th, 2017

A strong advocate for student well-being, University of British Columbia president Santa J. Ono emphasizes importance of mental health support across the education spectrum at 7th annual Healthy Minds | […]

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Guelph university execs check door-to-door on student mental health

Posted on March 31st, 2017

Top officials from an Ontario university took the unusual step of going door-to-door at campus residences three nights last week to check on the mental health of students. It has […]

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Canadian students aren’t getting the mental health care they need after graduation

Posted on March 29th, 2017

Universities offer students mental health care to deal with the challenges of post-secondary education. But what happens when they graduate? University counselling centres in Canada are overwhelmed and overbooked. But […]

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Suicides prompt call for more mental health resources at University of Waterloo

Posted on March 29th, 2017

30Students at the University of Waterloo say they want to see better mental health supports at their school, following the second suicide on campus in less than three months. “I […]

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