Post-secondary students promote mental wellness on Campus

Ottawa , Tuesday, January 29, 2019

On January 30, university and college students across Canada will engage in conversations about mental health on campus. Expanding on the success of the 2018 student initiative, more post-secondary students are engaging in Bell Let’s Talk than ever before to promote mental well-being and drive awareness of campus mental health and wellness programs.

With 215 post-secondary institutions involved this year, 2019 marks a milestone for the national student initiative. Students will have an opportunity to take part in 378 mental health activities, varsity and collegiate sports games leading up to and on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

New national standard for post-secondary student mental health
Post-secondary students are particularly susceptible to mental health problems and illnesses as they juggle financial, academic, family and personal demands.

In 2018, Bell Let’s Talk and The Rossy Foundation committed $1 million for the development a national standard for post-secondary student mental health. The standard will establish best practices at Canadian universities, colleges and institutes to support student mental health and academic success.

Using a similar methodology as the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, which was developed in 2013 with support from Bell Let’s Talk, the standard will establish a systematic approach to student mental health that fosters collaboration between staff, faculty and students.

Last May, Bell and The Rossy Foundation again partnered on a joint $500,000 donation to the Fédération des CÉGEPS and the Fondation de l'Université du Québec à Montréal to improve the mental health of college students in Québec. Those funds are enabling the broader implementation and evaluation of the Zenétudes program, supporting students making the transition from secondary school to college.

Caption: Students and faculty celebrating mental wellness at the University of Prince Edward Island