Humber College adopts Okanagan Charter

Posted on October 10th, 2018

Humber plans to be the healthiest campus in the country by becoming the first public college or polytechnic in Canada to adopt the Okanagan Charter. By signing the Charter, Humber […]

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Draft cannabis policy shows UBC may not go smoke-free

Posted on October 4th, 2018

British Columbia’s largest university campus released its draft policy earlier this month covering where cannabis smoking will be permitted come legalization, and unlike a number of other campuses nationwide, it may not […]

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Douglas College opens second campus in New Westminster

Posted on September 24th, 2018

Douglas College students now have access to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility and it’s only a stone’s throw away from the college’s New Westminster campus. On Monday, Douglas College officially […]

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BC cannabis policies will vary by campus

Posted on September 11th, 2018

Universities are developing varying approaches to governing recreational cannabis on campus, from outright bans to designated cannabis smoking areas. The University of Victoria is expected to create cannabis-friendly smoking areas […]

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SFU addresses mental health on and off campus through additional student support services

Posted on September 6th, 2018

Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) have launched a 24/7 multi-platform mental health and support service, called My Student Support Program (My SSP) to provide additional […]

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TRU moves to outlaw cannabis use

Posted on August 15th, 2018

The institution has taken steps to ban cannabis use on campus while declining to take a similar stance on alcohol or tobacco. TRU spokesperson Darshan Lindsay said the university hopes […]

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Okanagan College offering cannabis training courses

Posted on August 14th, 2018

It’s that time of year when students think about heading back to class and, this fall, some of those hitting the books at Okanagan College will be studying cannabis. “These five […]

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Women’s hockey player starts up UBC mental health website aimed at athletes

Posted on August 3rd, 2018

As tributes go, Mikayla Ogrodniczuk’s for Laura Taylor is a powerful one, in that it can kick off conversations that many of us have difficulty starting. Ogrodniczuk, who plays defence […]

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Graduate students at UBC Okanagan among those to benefit from a significant scholarship fund

Posted on July 30th, 2018

B.C.’s advanced education minister announced a $6-million scholarship fund at UBC’s Okanagan campus on Wednesday morning. The money will help support UBC students as they continue their post-graduate studies. “At […]

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Students to get better access to skills, education for careers in health sciences at Okanagan College

Posted on July 24th, 2018

Construction is underway for Okanagan College’s new Health Sciences Centre that will give students better access to training for a health-science career. “Students will get the skills and training in […]

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SFU health peers dish up well-being via cooking workshops

Posted on July 18th, 2018

Over the past five years, SFU health peers have been hosting monthly cooking workshops for international students that not only teach nutrition and culinary skills, but also promote conversations and […]

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NVIT offering year of free tuition to combat low enrolment rates

Posted on July 6th, 2018

A college in B.C.’s Interior is offering Grade 12 graduates a year of free tuition after learning the region was recording one of the province’s lowest enrolment rates for those […]

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Following public outcry, UBC AMS reverses decision to cut SASC’s support services

Posted on June 29th, 2018

The AMS executive has reversed its decision to cut the Sexual Assault Support Centre’s (SASC) support services three days after it announced the change. The July 5 town hall meeting scheduled after the […]

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TRU plans student housing expansion

Posted on June 27th, 2018

TRU is making big moves to expand student housing with the purchase of the six-building private rental complex, Upper College Heights. Along with the acquisition, extensive renovations to add 142 […]

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Trinity Western loses fight for Christian law school as court rules limits on religious freedom ‘reasonable’

Posted on June 18th, 2018

A B.C.-based evangelical Christian university has lost its legal battle over accreditation for a planned new law school, with a Supreme Court of Canada ruling today saying it’s “proportionate and reasonable” to […]

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Canada’s largest cannabis company donates $2.5M to create UBC professorship to research pot’s potential to treat opioid addiction

Posted on June 14th, 2018

Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest cannabis and hemp company, just announced a $2.5 million contribution to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) to help fund […]

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Four B.C. post-secondary institutions to collaborate on social infrastructure development

Posted on June 12th, 2018

Four of the province’s leading post-secondary institutions committed to establish the B.C. Collaborative for Social Infrastructure. Simon Fraser University, (SFU), The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), the University of […]

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New SFU student support program for mental health to be launched online

Posted on May 16th, 2018

A joint effort by SFU and the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) has led to the development of a two-year pilot program extending a new student support service for mental […]

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Capilano University 11th Canadian post-secondary institution to adopt Okanagan Charter

Posted on May 10th, 2018

Capilano University joined 10 other Canadian universities by signing the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges. The Okanagan Charter provides post-secondary institutions with a framework to […]

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NWCC changes name to Coast Mountain College

Posted on May 3rd, 2018

Northwest Community College (NWCC) has been given permission by the Provincial Government to change its name to Coast Mountain College (CMTN). The new name will take effect June 18, 2018. […]

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KPU and Loyalist offer three Cannabis Career Training distance courses

Posted on May 1st, 2018

Loyalist College has confirmed a program partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) to offer three Cannabis Career Training courses through the College’s Distance Studies and Continuing Education department. It will […]

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Harm reduction policies gain favour on campuses

Posted on April 30th, 2018

In response to the opioid crisis, many universities across the country are stocking and distributing the opioid-blocking medication naloxone. Use of the medication not only saves lives but also signals […]

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HM|HC volunteer receives top UBC honours for community mental health contributions

Posted on April 16th, 2018

Join us in congratulating Katherine Moore, who received the UBC Faculty of Arts ‘Outstanding Leadership in the UBC Community and Beyond‘ award! These awards are given to dedicated student leaders who have made […]

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New eBrain Centre to be created at SFU Surrey campus

Posted on April 13th, 2018

SFU’s Surrey campus will soon house two new research facilities—one, a regional hub called the eBrain Centre, focusing on diagnosing and treating youth mental health and addiction, and the other, […]

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New Queen’s University Wellness Centre

Posted on April 10th, 2018

With hopes that the new wellness centre will bring Queen’s University students face to face with the resources they need, its new namesake has contributed $5 million to the building’s […]

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Premier breaks ground on new TRU nursing building

Posted on April 9th, 2018

Nursing and health-care assistant students attending Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will soon get their education in a new state-of-art building using modern technology and equipment to prepare them to deliver health […]

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UBC panel examines how academic institutions can reduce stigma of drug use

Posted on April 5th, 2018

The University of British Columbia is bringing together academics, community members and people who use drugs in a bid to find out how institutions can reduce stigma around substance use. It’s […]

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More than just counselling, Okanagan Charter guides U of G to create healthy campus

Posted on April 4th, 2018

The University of Guelph is aiming to create a healthy campus where students, staff and faculty can look after their well-being outside of their daily lectures, assignments and exams. Aside […]

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UVic, Indigenous partnership to receive $567K from federal government

Posted on March 16th, 2018

The fledgling Songhees Innovation Centre received $93,410 in federal funding on Tuesday, its share of more than $27.8 million being disbursed among 45 projects to support First Nations economic development […]

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College of New Caledonia launches sexual assault awareness campaign

Posted on March 13th, 2018

The administration of the College of New Caledonia hope a recently launched campaign will get students talking about sexual assault and consent. On Thursday, staff at CNC launched the Red […]

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New UBC public health program will train Indigenous health leaders

Posted on March 12th, 2018

A new public health program offered at the University of British Columbia aims to address health inequities by training Indigenous health leaders working in communities across the country. The Certificate, […]

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MHCC and CAMH launch free, online course: Understanding Stigma

Posted on February 26th, 2018

While we know that people with mental illness and addiction often face stigma in Canadian society, we may be surprised to learn that they face it within healthcare environments as […]

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UVic professor pens illustrated history of Canadian drug policies

Posted on February 1st, 2018

With the ongoing opioid crisis and the imminent legalization of cannabis, a timely new book looks at the history of Canadian drug prohibition and traces how policies made decades ago […]

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North Island College officially opens new Thunderbird Mall Campus

Posted on January 29th, 2018

Modern, state-of-the-art, and inspired by traditional Kwakwaka’wakw aesthetic, North Island College’s brand new Port Hardy campus is now ready to serve students from all over the North Island. With a […]

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Breaking Down Barriers: Mental Health and Post-Secondary Students

Posted on January 12th, 2018

On January 9, 2018, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) published a policy paper entitled, Breaking Down Barriers: Mental Health and Canadian Post-Secondary Students. This paper delves into what mental […]

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UBC Okanagan students look to remove stigma associated with addiction

Posted on December 20th, 2017

A group of UBC Okanagan nursing students believes the stigma associated with addiction creates barriers and causes people to isolate themselves. They asked staff and students Tuesday to sign a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Three more Canadian campuses adopt 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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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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SFU offers new graduate diploma, “Indigenous Education: Education for Reconciliation”

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

British Columbia’s education curriculum is undergoing significant change. One of its challenges is a requirement for teachers to infuse Indigenous knowledge and practices into all curriculum subjects. To support teachers […]

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Langara announces new college-wide sexual violence and misconduct policy

Posted on February 15th, 2017

Langara College is pleased to announce that it has instituted a College-wide sexual violence and misconduct policy (policy B3009). The stand-alone policy was developed through a working committee of students, […]

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Don’t be so hard on yourself! UBC study on first-year student stress

Posted on January 31st, 2017

Stressed out university students, take note: self-compassion may be the key to making it through your first year, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. Researchers from […]

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Camosun and Royal Roads receive new health science centre

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

The new health sciences centre will be a four-storey, 8,300-square-metre centre that will house 18 health science programs, such as community mental health, athletic and exercise therapy, and nursing, as […]

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TRU drafts sexual violence policy

Posted on January 10th, 2017

Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops drafting a sexual violence policy to better address assaults on campus Thompson Rivers University has hired a sexual violence prevention manager to address the problem […]

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UVic’s mental health ‘pit crews’ reduce counselling wait times

Posted on December 27th, 2016

The University of Victoria (UVic) has implemented a new mental health model akin to a race-car “pit crew” that has cut wait times for counselling services–and costs–in half. This model […]

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TRU launches video warning about fentanyl

Posted on November 17th, 2016

Students at Thompson Rivers University’s Wellness Centre have created a video warning about the dangers of Fentanyl. The hope behind the publication is that students will share the message on […]

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Six Canadian Universities Sign the Okanagan Charter

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

Monday October 31st marked a momentous occasion in campus mental health. The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Memorial University, Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary and the […]

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UBC now equipped with take-home Naloxone kits for students

Posted on October 28th, 2016

To combat the problem of accidental overdoses, UBC students will now be able to pick-up free naloxone kits on campus if they think they are at risk for fentanyl exposure. […]

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CMHA Invites BC to Check in on Mental Health

Posted on September 8th, 2016

Early intervention is key to bouncing back to good health With early intervention in mind the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC) launches Bounce Back Today, a new […]

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UBC Student Society Raises Awareness with Coffee Cups

Posted on September 5th, 2016

The UBC Student Society has launched an awareness campaign for sexual assault on campus. The cardboard sleeves of coffee cups are emblazoned with the statistic: 257 students suspended for cheating or […]

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Interview with UBC President Santa Ono

Posted on August 25th, 2016

In this video interview, Santa Ono, the new UBC president, speaks about the origin of his festive name, his roots in Vancouver, the strengths of the university and his vision […]

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BC University Students Struggle to Find Housing

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

Thousands of students heading back to college and university who couldn’t get into residence are struggling to find housing in an increasingly hot rental market. Both University of British Columbia […]

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UBC researcher finds LGBT initiatives help straight students too

Posted on August 10th, 2016

Elizabeth Saewyc, Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre’s executive director, discovered in her studies that heterosexual youths also benefit from antihomophobia policies and gay-straight alliances. She came across this finding during […]

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2.5 Million Invested into Mental Well-being at UBC

Posted on August 4th, 2016

The University of British Columbia has received a two and a half million dollar investment in a second wellness centre and the general expansion of mental health services on campus.  The money will […]

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BCIT Installs New Sleep Pods

Posted on August 2nd, 2016

BCIT has installed two new sleep pods in their Burnaby campus library. This installation parallels their earlier establishment of a nap room located in one of the institute’s gyms. The intention […]

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Sexual Assault Policy Mandatory on BC Campuses

Posted on June 10th, 2016

The BC government has introduced a bill that will require every public post-secondary institution to develop a sexual-misconduct policy. The legislation addresses heightened concerns about the safety of young women on campus. Chrissy […]

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BCcampus to Develop Indigenization Resources for Campuses

Posted on April 22nd, 2016

BCcampus, on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education, will soon be facilitating the Indigenization of Curriculum and Cultural Awareness training project (ICCAT) for post-secondary institutions across British Columbia. The […]

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UBC Wins Mental Health in the Workplace Award

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

The Canadian Mental Health Association has recognized the University of British Columbia for their attention to workplace mental health.  The award was given at the annual Bottom Line Conference, CMHA’s national […]

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Provincial Funding to Help Change Culture of Substance Use at TRU

Posted on March 1st, 2016

“Brandon de Krieger knows the journey through university life can be daunting. He started out at the University of Western Ontario intent on a career in math. He then veered into  […]

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Okanagan Charter a Call to Action on Health & Wellbeing

Posted on October 13th, 2015

A new international charter, an outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges / VII International Congress, signals a challenge to universities and colleges to create […]

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Universities Should Take Harm Reduction Approach to Drug Use

Posted on September 3rd, 2015

“As CEGEP and university students head to back to school, some experts argue it makes more sense to ensure illicit drugs are taken safely rather than try to prevent them […]

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UBC Educates Future Teachers in Mental Health Literacy

Posted on August 26th, 2015

“The University of British Columbia is improving mental health literacy among its teacher candidates, arming them with the knowledge and skills they need to act as an intervenor in the […]

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KPU Course On Growing & Selling Cannabis

Posted on August 14th, 2015

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is offering a new course called Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada.   “The 14-week online course will be taught by Tegan Adams, who works […]

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Health Promotion Must be a Focus for Postsecondary Institutions

Posted on July 16th, 2015

Arvind Gupta, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, and Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal at UBC-Okanagan Campus, share an opinion piece in University Affairs on the […]

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A New International Charter

Posted on June 26th, 2015

Kelowna Capital News writes about the historic Okanagan Charter that was developed and signed by higher education institutions and organizations from around the world to ensure health promotion and sustainability […]

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Top Priorities in Okanagan Charter

Posted on June 25th, 2015

UBC Okanagan News has captured the first signatures that were added to the Okanagan Charter at UBC Okanagan at the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.  The […]

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How a B.C. School is Trying to Help Students Under Stress

Posted on April 25th, 2015

“A B.C. high school has teamed up with university researchers to find out  what factors are hurting students’ academic and mental health – and, more importantly, how to address them.” Wendy Stueck reports […]

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