TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance (OUSA) is pleased with the recent announcement of the Mental
Health Innovation Fund by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities (MTCU). The fund will consist of $7 million each year
until 2015 and was created to identify gaps in current mental health
support services on campus, promote best practices across the sector,
and encourage partnerships within local communities.
Addressing mental health on campus is a huge priority for students and
institutions alike. "Students in post-secondary are usually of the most
common age of onset for mental health issues, but also are the most
likely to recover and adopt effective coping strategies," said Alysha
Li, President of OUSA. Earlier this year, OUSA partnered with Colleges
Ontario (CO), the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and the College
Student Alliance (CSA) to host a conference on how campuses can best
support students with mental health issues. "It is excellent that our
voices were heard and the government is taking a leading role in
providing this support."
An OUSA report published earlier this year entitled Student Health: Bringing Healthy Change to Ontario's Universities outlined the need for such a fund, calling specifically for an
innovation fund that would allow community-driven solutions to mental
health concerns to attain government funding. "OUSA is pleased that the
government has taken this recommendation and turned it into action that
has to potential to help hundreds of thousands of students," said Rylan
Kinnon, Executive Director of OUSA.
MTCU announced that proposals will be accepted over the course of the
next month, emphasizing that successful proposals will have to display
innovation, facilitate partnerships and address current service gaps in
mental health service provision. The entire sector is eligible to
submit proposals for funding consideration, including all universities
and colleges, as well as universities, colleges and student groups.
OUSA is looking forward working with our partners over the next months
to ensure that these new resources are used in the best interest of
OUSA represents the interests of over 150,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at nine member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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