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Media Release
Release Date: January 25, 2016

Camosun College will launch its Student Mental Health and Well-being Strategy on Thursday, January 28. A year in development, the 2016-2020 Strategy Plan provides a foundation and comprehensive plan to create the awareness, conditions and actions required to support the mental health and well-being of students at Camosun.

The media is invited to attend.

Agenda:
Starts: 2:30pm

  • Opening remarks and Territorial Acknowledgement
  • Student story and perspective
  • College President, Sherri Bell
  • Dean of Health and Human Services
  • Indigenous perspective
  • Student Society perspective

"Health statistics show high levels of student distress in Canadian colleges and universities," says Chris Balmer, Camosun College Counsellor and lead for the Strategy. "We are seeing more students at Camosun with mental health issues that are more frequent, complex and severe and, like most colleges and universities, our student services are strained and overextended."

The Student Mental Health and Well-being Strategy is a broad and comprehensive mental health plan to bring a sharper focus onto these complex challenges and a multi-level, institutional approach to developing sustainable and effective actions.

Enhancing student well-being at the 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.

"All of the research recognizes the important role mental well-being plays in a students’ college experience," says Joan Yates, VP of Student Experience. "The Student Mental Health and Well-being Strategy launch provides a comprehensive plan for taking the necessary action to enhance and support the mental health and well-being of students at Camosun."

Contact

Joan Yates, VP, Student Experience
Camosun College
250-370-4269
yates@camosun.ca

Last updated: January 26, 2016 10:16 am

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