Invitation to Upcoming Webinar

Post-Secondary Student Mental Health -- What's the Buzz?

Upcoming Free Webinar

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 9:00am – 11:00am PST
Stimulating Dialogue and Sharing Ideas from Coast to Coast 
Pre-Registration Required - Click Here

In case you didn't receive information about the upcoming webinar through communication from the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS), and as a reminder for those who did, see details below!

About the Webinar

The Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach has been launched and there is innovative work happening across Canada on post-secondary campuses to support student mental health.  This webinar will engage the national community to hear about the promising practices that have emerged on your campus and share the buzz from three examples in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario. Following a facilitated discussion with the guest speakers outlined below, Jonny Morris will further our conversations about the activities on your campuses and consult with you as community partners in this important work about your ideas for continued discussions.  A hint about the CACUSS pre-conference plans might also be revealed.

Guest Speakers 

Shaylyn Streatch, Coordinator, Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses, Canadian Mental Health Association British Columbia Division, will briefly share:
  • how CMHA BC has applied the Guide as the coordinating agency for Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses (a provincial community of practice to promote campus mental health and reduce risky substance use).
Stephanie Loewen, Policy Analyst with the Mental Health and Spiritual Health Care Branch at Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors (and former Mental Health Consultant) along with Don Stewart, Executive Director, Student Support, Student Affairs at University of Manitoba, will briefly share:
  • ways in which University of Manitoba secured engagement of faculty, staff and students; methods used to scan and assess the strengths and growth areas of the campus environment; how the information gleaned manifested into a campus mental health strategy; and the plan for launching and implementing the soon-to-be-released strategy.
Tayyab Rashid, Psychologist, Health & Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, will briefly share:
  • key features and preliminary results of a collaborative research project Flourish which is based on Corey Keyes approach to understanding mental health. The overarching goal of this early detection and strengths-based project is to increase retention and well-being among languishing students (including a sub-group of Green Path students from China) who are considered at greater risk of dropping out.


Click here to register

Login details and information on how to access the webinar will be emailed to registered participants 24-48 hours before the event. 
A systemic approach: 

Is comprehensive, and views the whole campus as the domain to be addressed and as responsible for enhancing and maintaining the mental health of community members; extends the focus beyond the individual and strategies such as treatment, skill building and awareness to the whole campus including its environment, organizational structure, policies and practices.

Creates environmental conditions for the flourishing of all students that are grounded in values of social equity and sustainability; supports integrated development and capacity building; provides targeted programs for students who would benefit from assistance; and provides specialized services for students experiencing mental health issues.

Is student–directed, grounded in values of informed choice and inclusion of students’ voices in strategy development and decision-making, especially of students with lived experiences of mental health issues.

Involves all stakeholders in a collective, shared responsibility for creating campus environmental conditions that support student learning and mental health. (p. 8)

Find out more and download the national guide >
Figure 2: Framework for Post-Secondary Student Mental Health
The writing and production of Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach was a collaborative effort between the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services and the Canadian Mental Health Association. 

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