Supporting Student Success: a National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students (E/SI)
May 7, 2019 | 13:45 - 14:45Location: 201-202
Track: Student Success
An increasing number of post-secondary students in Canada are living with mental health problems or illness, or receiving their first diagnosis. 50% of students using campus mental health services and 10% being seen in urgent or crisis situations. The whole campus community has a role to play to promote positive student mental health and to assist students by directing them to available resources both on and off campus. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is currently working collaboratively with the CSA Group to develop a Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students. Post-secondary institutions and students will benefit from an established systematic framework to strengthen and promote the psychological health and safety of students. This framework will also promote a collaborative approach to student mental health by clearly identifying the shared responsibilities of students, staff, and faculty. The Standard will act as a voluntary guideline for Canadian academic institutions in the post-secondary sector to put in place policies, programs, and processes to successfully promote and support students’ psychological health and safety and success.