TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's colleges are pleased to see
the announcement of funding for a new centre for innovation in campus
mental health that will improve the delivery of services for students
throughout the province.
"This issue is a priority for Ontario's colleges," said Linda Franklin,
president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "This new centre will improve
access to support and expertise to better serve people with mental
Funding for the new centre was announced today by Training, Colleges and
Universities Minister Brad Duguid. The centre will be run in
partnership by Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities,
the College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance and the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario.
The centre will provide several new functions, including a site to share
best practices, improvements in the coordination of services and new
measures to help front-line providers at colleges and universities get
access to specialized experts in the field.
The new centre builds on recommendations from a conference held in
Toronto last year addressing mental health challenges in post-secondary
education. That conference, called Focus on Mental Health, heard
personal stories from students and explored the difficulties
post-secondary institutions can face when delivering support, including
the stigma around mental health that prevents many people from seeking
"The research shows people ages 15 to 24 are the ones who are least
likely to seek help," Franklin said. "We must do everything we can to
ensure students and staff members know effective help is available.
This new centre marks an important step forward in the delivery of
services and support."
SOURCE: Colleges Ontario
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