5 ways to maintain self-care during the holidays

Posted on December 11th, 2017

Self-care during the holidays can be tricky. The routine changes, the junk food is plentiful, and society often creates a lot of pressure for perfection around this time – all […]

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Self-care plays key role in managing exam stress, says psychologist

Posted on December 7th, 2017

It’s exam season across the province and with that comes major stress for post-secondary students. Melanie Badali, a registered psychologist and Board Director with Anxiety B.C., says students should remember they are […]

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UBC faculty of education puts premium on mental health literacy for future teachers

Posted on November 30th, 2017

UBC’s associate dean of teacher education, Wendy Carr, has made it her mission to help educators play an important role in addressing a national mental-health crisis. “We know that a […]

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UBC survey seeks LGBT respondents for mental-health research to help address depression and suicide

Posted on November 29th, 2017

While LGBT people are at heightened risk for mental health issues compared to heterosexual counterparts, there has been a historical lack of data and LGBT–specific services in this area of […]

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Western-partnered mental health clinic earns community backing

Posted on November 28th, 2017

Western students experiencing a mental-health crisis will have access to a confidential walk-in clinic on campus three evenings a week as part of a ‘game-changing’ program funded through the London […]

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North Island College seeking households for international students

Posted on November 21st, 2017

North Island College’s Office of Global Engagement is hoping residents can help international students when more arrive in December. The college is calling on Comox Valley households to host those […]

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Can Canada bring more indigenous people and knowledge into universities?

Posted on November 14th, 2017

Walking across the Arctic tundra in Iqaluit, on Canada’s Baffin Island, it is not hard to appreciate Nunavut Arctic College is the territory’s only post-secondary institution, but it has five […]

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KPU to launch accredited courses in cannabis cultivation and consultation

Posted on November 10th, 2017

As the federal government plans on legalizing recreational cannabis next year, one B.C. regional university is ramping up its workforce training in this area. In late 2015, Kwantlen Polytechnic University […]

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McMaster opens Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research

Posted on November 9th, 2017

Medicinal cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, but there is still little research proving its effectiveness. A new research centre has been launched by McMaster University and St. […]

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Movember Canada trying to move beyond the moustache

Posted on November 8th, 2017

The charity used to be on people’s lips. Now the fundraiser that prompted thousands of men to grow moustaches for a month has a much lower profile and is trying to […]

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Post-secondary groups call for boost to mental health services for students

Posted on November 7th, 2017

A coalition of Ontario student groups, colleges and universities wants the province to significantly boost services for young people struggling with mental health issues as they pursue post-secondary education, with […]

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A public health guide to developing a community overdose response plan

Posted on November 6th, 2017

A new guide by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) and Island Health aims to give public health agencies and community organizations the tools they need to develop a community overdose […]

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Apply now: Coordinator, Resource Development and Events

Posted on November 5th, 2017

CMHA BC’s Victoria office is looking for an organized, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented part-time Coordinator for Resource Development and Events to work closely with volunteers, staff, and donors. The Coordinator is […]

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A tribute to Lorne Fraser—visionary and difference maker

Posted on November 3rd, 2017

Lorne Fraser, visionary behind the Lorne Fraser Educational Fund and friend to CMHA for 35 years, passed away on October 28, 2017. He was 80 years old. He was surrounded […]

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Seeking help from peer support groups at UBC

Posted on November 1st, 2017

By Daphnée Lévesque My first few years at university, I felt incredibly lonely and disconnected from the people around me. Having been diagnosed with a mental illness, I struggled with managing […]

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CACUSS Board of Directors endorses Okanagan Charter in support of health promoting campuses

Posted on October 31st, 2017

Canadian campuses and stakeholders continue leading efforts to improve health and well-being of students, faculty, staff. A year after six Canadian campuses were the first to adopt the Okanagan Charter: An […]

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NIRSA joins CMHA BC in Okanagan Charter endorsement

Posted on October 31st, 2017

At their recent Board meeting, the NIRSA Board of Directors endorsed the Okanagan Charter, a document that was crafted to aid in the promotion of health and wellbeing on college campuses around the […]

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Ninth annual Thrive Week at UBC: October 30 to November 3

Posted on October 30th, 2017

From October 30 to November 3, various events are being held at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses to promote mental well-being. From yoga classes to multiple workshops to suicide prevention training, […]

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Mass naloxone training sessions to be held at UBC

Posted on October 27th, 2017

The University of B.C.’s Alma Mater Society is organizing mass training events to teach students to recognize and reverse drug overdoses amid a devastating provincial health emergency that shows no sign of […]

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Universities see rise in students seeking mental-health help

Posted on October 26th, 2017

Audrey Carleton , a fourth-year student, takes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medications daily to help with concentration on school work. So when she was off her medications due to […]

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CMHA BC endorses Okanagan Charter in show of support for health promoting campuses

Posted on October 25th, 2017

Canadian campuses and stakeholders continue leading efforts to improve health and well-being of students, faculty, staff   A year after six Canadian campuses were the first to adopt the Okanagan […]

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Red Deer College commits $450,000 over five years to student wellness, leadership, and career programming

Posted on October 24th, 2017

In continuation of our longstanding partnership, Red Deer College is pleased to announce a commitment of $450,000 over five years from RBC and the RBC Foundation to support and enhance […]

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Atlantic campuses appoint a regional student mental health coordinator

Posted on October 23rd, 2017

Universities in Atlantic Canada are taking a regional approach to address the urgent need for improved mental health services on its campuses. The Association of Atlantic Universities, representing 16 universities, […]

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Government of Canada invests over $3.7M in innovative health research projects at the University of Regina

Posted on October 20th, 2017

While touring facilities at the University of Regina on October 11, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made an announcement on behalf of the Honourable […]

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University of Saskatoon partners with staff, faculty, and students on wellness strategy

Posted on October 19th, 2017

The wellness strategy is the first of its kind at a Canadian post-secondary institution, according to Cheryl Carver, associate vice-president of people and resources at the University of Saskatchewan (U […]

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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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