Aligning Lessons from the Pandemic with the New National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students (E/SI)

April 27, 2021 | 2:15 - 3:00

Track: Wiring for Student Success

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with CSA Group, has championed the development of the CSA Z2003:20 Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students to guide policies, procedures, and practices that promote positive student mental health and well-being. This new Standard is a set of flexible, voluntary guidelines to help post-secondary institutions support the mental-health and well-being of their students. It builds on the exceptional work of Canada’s post-secondary institutions and seeks to inspire further actions through principle-led approaches.

This session will be useful to members of the post-secondary education community who are interested in developing or enhancing their student mental health and well-being strategies and hear from post-secondary student services professionals about their initiatives and programs to support the diverse needs of their students, with a special focus on the rapid change to service delivery caused by the pandemic, along with lessons learned and successful innovative approaches that will be carried forward.

What are the key takeaways from this session?

1) What the Standard is, including its aims and benefits,

2) How institutions can build momentum by using the Starter Kit,

3) Practical approaches to support diverse student populations, and lessons learned from the pandemic to innovate and create positive lasting change in post-secondary education.

Session Speakers

Amy Fogarty

Manager, Mental Health Advancement

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Tresa Reinhardt

Vice-President, Employee and Student Services

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Wanda McDonald

Manager, Counselling and Wellness

Nova Scotia Community College

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