From awareness to action
Camosun’s Student Mental Health and Well-being Strategy was developed to advance the recognition of the importance mental well-being plays in our students’ college experience. The strategy provides a vision, foundation and comprehensive plan to create the awareness, conditions and actions required to support the mental health and well-being of students at Camosun.
Body, mind and spirit
The strategy incorporates two related concepts. It reflects the government of Canada definition of mental health:
“The capacities of each and all of us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections, and personal dignity.” Government of Canada, 2006
Personal well-being, in this context, refers to the nurturing and maintenance of “body, mind and spirit”. Enhancing student well-being at college is influenced by a number of factors. It involves learning about mental health literacy, engaging in health promotion and resiliency strategies, creating health promoting policies, responsive mental health services and even designing spaces that encourage connection and positive student engagement.
The Student Mental Health and Well-being Strategy is made up of five categories:
- Policies, Procedures and Practice
- Supportive Campus Environment and Student Connections
- Mental Health Literacy, Engagement and Support
- Campus Mental Health Services
- Supporting Students-at-risk and Responding to Crises