The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) recently announced the creation of the Mental Health Innovation Fund for new projects that improve mental health services and outcomes for Ontario’s postsecondary students. Projects can potentially be funded for up to three years. Overall allocation of funds has been set at $7 million per year, up to the year 2015.
The goals of the Mental Health Innovation Fund are to:
- Identify and address gaps in mental health services on and off campus
- Facilitate and promote knowledge sharing and best practices from a system-wide and/or multi-institutional perspective
- Facilitate partnerships and linkages with other mental health care providers that reduce duplication of services and leverage cooperative, efficient approaches. Partnerships focussed on First Nations and Métis students are encouraged
- Support innovations in mental health service delivery
- Support improved, measurable outcomes for postsecondary students
For further information about the fund, you can contact Medina Abdelkader, Director of Communications at the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) at (416) 341-9948 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.