Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) join us as
partners to promote free mental wellness app on campuses across the
OTTAWA, Jan. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal, along with its partners, has
launched the HealthyMinds app to foster healthy minds and provide students with a problem-solving
tool to help them better manage their emotions and cope with the
stresses they encounter on and off campus. The goal of HealthyMinds is to emphasize the importance of taking care of one's brain
health as part of overall physical well-being.
Through a donation from D.I.F.D., The Royal developed the app in
response to requests from students who participate in their successful Is It Just Me? mental health awareness program. A great number of youth asked for ways
on how to better cope with day-to-day pressures, stressful situations
and how to keep their emotions in check.
"You can't have health without good mental health" said George Weber,
President and CEO of The Royal. "By taking care of our brain health, we
enhance resilience and the ability to face life's challenges. A needed
skill in today's fast-paced society where the need to stay connected is
high," added Weber.
HealthyMinds features a daily mood tracker to help stay mindful of emotions, as
well as a journaling feature with photo entry capability. A problem
solving tool linked to iCalendar also guides users step-by step through
the process of identifying, reframing and developing a plan to address
challenges in life based on a problem solving approach used in mental
health treatment. The app also features coping and stress buster
strategies, information on mind and body and a video breathing exercise
to help calm the mind.
The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) have joined as partners to help promote the app and the message of
mental wellness and healthy minds on campuses across the country. ACCC
and AUCC will promote HealthyMinds to their member institutions to help generate awareness among
students about this free mental health tool.
"We're pleased to support the HealthyMinds initiative because students need awareness of their mental health,
as well as their physical health to succeed," said Denise Amyot,
President and CEO of ACCC. "In an increasingly mobile world, student
access to mental health support on-the-go is a great idea and we hope
it has a positive impact on learning."
"Canada's universities offer many services and programs aimed at mental
wellness on campus," notes Paul Davidson, President and CEO of AUCC.
"We're pleased to see the launch of HealthyMinds as a promising tool to help support students' mental health
wherever they are."
HealthyMinds is now available in English and French for free for iPhone, iPad,
iPad mini and iPod Touch through the App Store or through healthymindsapp.ca, theroyal.ca, and difd.com, where printable promotional materials are also available. Android
About The Royal
The Royal is one of Canada's foremost mental health care and academic
health science centres. Its mandate is simple: to get more people
living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the
delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and
education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment
resistant mental illness. For more information, visit theroyal.ca.
ACCC is the national and international voice of 131 of Canada's
publicly-funded colleges and institutes, with 1.5 million learners of
all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural
and remote communities.
As the voice of Canada's universities at home and abroad, AUCC
represents 97 public and private not-for-profit universities and
university degree-level colleges. It is a membership organization
providing university presidents with a unified voice and a forum for
collective action. AUCC has represented the interests of Canadian
universities since 1911.
D.I.F.D. was created by friends and family of 14-year-old Daron
Richardson, who died by suicide in 2010. D.I.F.D. is inspired by hope
for a future where young people will reach out for help without fear or
shame and supports programs and initiatives aimed at transforming youth
mental health. Visit DIFD.com to learn more.
Image with caption: "The Royal Goes Mobile with HealthyMinds App (CNW Group/The Royal)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140130_C6378_PHOTO_EN_36063.jpg
SOURCE: The Royal
For further information:
Nicole Loreto, Vice President, Communication & Stakeholder Relations, The Royal
613.722.6521 ext. 6448 (office) | 613.697.2000 (mobile) l Nicole.Loreto@theroyal.ca
Shawn Dearn, Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 ext. 3123 l sdearn@ACCC.ca
Assistant Director, Communications, AUCC
613-563-3961 ext. 238 l firstname.lastname@example.org