Ontario is supporting 14 projects to address post-secondary students’ access to mental health services. This announcement came just after Premier Kathleen Wynne’s 10-day tour of Ontario colleges and universities, where the main issues raised were preventing sexual violence on campus and improving mental health services for post-secondary students.
Ontario is investing $9 million annually for new programs, services and supports for post-secondary students throughout the province, including up to $6 million each year for the Mental Health Innovation Fund. The funding is part of Ontario’s comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
Areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
- Programs for aboriginal students and students who identify as LGBTQ
- Harm-reduction strategies
- Expansion of mental health and addiction services on select campuses
- On-campus case management approach to address addictions
- Easing the transition between high school and college/university
- Online curriculum, tools and resources for students with mental health conditions
- Stress management and coping strategies for students
- Professional development opportunities for school staff
Many of the approved projects involve partnerships with CMHA branches across Ontario. CMHA Ontario is currently developing a report on promising practices in campus-community partnerships based on the work of its branches.