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What is the issue?

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Acquiring a post-secondary education is exciting, transformative, but also challenging. The majority of students must juggle academic, financial, and personal demands on a day to day basis.

In that context, an increasing number of post-secondary students are experiencing mental health problems. In fact, 75% of first-time mental health diagnoses occur between the ages of 16 and 25.


What are we doing?

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with CSA Group (standards organization), is committed to the development of a Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students (PSS Standard). Like the Standard developed for the workplace including faculty and staff, the PSS Standard  will act as a voluntary process guideline to help Canada’s academic institutions promote and support students’ psychological health and safety, and support students’ success.


Get Involved!

The MHCC is seeking input from across the country to promote the psychological health and safety of students and #studentsuccess at the post-secondary level. From now until June 2019, the MHCC will be working with partners and leaders in this sector to do broad engagements across the country to help inform the development of the PSS Standard.

Who are we hoping to hear from?

We are engaging colleges, universities, institutions, CEGEPS, students, government bodies, associations, families, staff, faculty, unions, support services and organizations, while addressing different intersectionalities. All feedback gathered is sent directly to the CSA Group’s Technical Committee, which represents a diverse set of affected stakeholders that are responsible for drafting the content of the Standard.

How can you participate?

Option 1

Host a dialogue within your community by using our Dialogue in a Box toolkit. This toolkit provides advice on what to do before, during, and after your meeting. You’ll find resources to help you spread the word about your meeting, tips on how to talk about student mental health, forms to submit your group’s thoughts and ideas to the Technical Committee, and more.

The resources you will need to host a Dialogue are:

  • Participant Worksheets: These worksheets will help keep everyone focused on a given topic. People at your event can use them to make notes and clarify their thoughts. The worksheets can also be helpful when it’s time to submit your final report.
  • Facilitator Report Form: This form will be used to help you report all major points of your dialogue and outcomes to the Technical Committee.
  • Practices Profile Form: This form will be used to help you share details on specific best practices to the Technical Committee.
  • Safer Space Guidelines: We’ve provided some guidelines to help you set boundaries, but feel free to add any others you or your participants think are important.
  • PowerPoint Presentation: Use and/or modify the PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic of student mental health and keep your dialogue on track.
  • Technical Committee Members list: The most updated list of all Technical Committee members.

Option 2

Inform the PSS Standard with this survey, it's anonymous and no personal identifying information will be gathered.

We greatly appreciate all the time and effort you dedicate to this cause. Your efforts will have lasting impacts for students. To learn more about the ongoing development of the PSS Standard and the Technical Committee, visit the CSA Group website and join CSA Communities. The MHCC and the CSA Group gratefully acknowledge the funding support of Bell Let’s Talk, The Rossy Foundation, the RBC Foundation, and Health Canada in developing the PSS Standard. The MHCC is also collaborating with key organizations such as Colleges and Institutes Canada, Universities Canada and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations in developing the PSS Standard.

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