The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) has released a new toolkit to aid campuses and community organizations in developing partnerships that will lead to better mental health supports for post-secondary students.
Campus-Community Partnerships outlines types of campus/community partnerships, elements of effective partnerships, steps to building collaboration, benefits and risks, tips for success, CICMH supports and additional resources.
The toolkit aims to increase capacity of campus and community partners to address the mental health needs to students with the goal of getting more students the support they need, which would lead to healthier post-secondary campuses overall. In addition to serving more students, CICMH says positive campus-community partnerships can decrease wait times, improve referrals to community agencies, increase service options on and off campus, and improve transitions for students needing support.
Housed at Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, CICMH is a partnership project that also involves Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, and the College Student Alliance. It helps Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance their capacity to support student mental health and well-being. Learn more at campusmentalhealth.ca.