Good health includes mental health
Right now, Good Health and Well-Being (Sustainable Development Goal 3) is the most globally preoccupying SDG as each and every country grapples with the pandemic. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is an essential component of sustainable development – and mental health, a struggle during the pandemic, is critical to well-being.
But if we’ve seen some success in raising awareness and addressing the stigma around mental health struggles, the urgency to do more is still present. We need more workers equipped to respond to mental health issues and emergencies, treat and prevent mental illness, and work with their communities to support individuals and organizations, and build resilience.
- At Douglas College, the Certificate in Emergency Mental Health is designed to help health care and public safety professionals (like emergency room staff, paramedics, firefighters, and other first responders) expand their skills in situations of mental health crises or emergencies.
- In the college’s LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate, nurses can learn more about caring for clients with mental health concerns. The program is self-paced, on-line, and instructor-supported.
- At JIBC, mental health and wellness is a hugely important aspect of training in community safety, emergency management, paramedicine and health sciences, and conflict resolution programs.
- It’s also a priority research area at JIBC’s Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence, where applied research projects tap into the knowledge of frontline practitioners to support the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities that witness and experience violence.
- NorQuest College’s Mental Health Recovery Practitioner program is a flexible post-graduate program designed to expand the knowledge and skills of health and human services professionals. The program emphasizes skills in direct client care, advocacy, ethics, and work with families and communities.
- NorQuest’s Indigenous Studies program also includes courses related specifically to mental health, wellness, and overall health, in the context of systemic racism and intergenerational trauma.
- At Nova Scotia Community College, the Mental Health Recovery and Promotion program prepares students to be on the cutting edge of improved support strategies and service delivery for individuals and communities affected by mental health issues.
- The program also explores strategies specific to mental health for diverse populations such as First Nations and Inuit, elderly, New Canadians, persons with disabilities, low-socio-economic groups, and homeless and incarcerated populations.
- Mental Health First Aid Canada for Northern Peoples at Yukon University is a course that reflects the experiences of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis in mental health. The course addresses the importance of holism and balance, considering the mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of mental health.
- At Aurora College in Nunavut, the Community Health Representative program focuses on community health education and promotion, community development, and the role of the community in promoting mental wellness and a healthy lifestyle. The program can be delivered in either a 6-month full-time program or in a part-time modular format!
- At the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, students in the Mental Health & Wellness program learn how to apply both Indigenous and Western-based holistic approaches to healing and addictions counselling. The program emphasizes a deep understanding of self as essential to successfully counselling others.
- The Youth Worker program at Collège de l’Île on Prince Edward Island prepares students to identify and respond to the social and emotional needs of at-risk youth, including things like neurodevelopment and mental illness, medication and drug awareness and dependency, child welfare, and suicide prevention.
- At Collège la Cité, students in the Santé mentale et toxicomanie post-graduate program learn to work with, support, and care for those dealing with or at risk of substance abuse and addiction. Students also learn to collaborate with families and community groups to prevent and treat mental health issues related to addiction.
- In the Intervenir en santé mentale program at Collège Montmorency, students learn to promote positive mental health, prevent mental illness, identify and treat symptoms, and respond to those suffering from mental illness with support, understanding, and compassion.
- The program is offered thanks to a partnership between Collège Montmorency and Cégep de Victoriaville!
- Humber College’s new microcredentials will help mental wellness and healthcare professionals reskill and upskill as the needs of the industry evolve. The new Excellence in Mental Health Leadership and Mental Wellness for Front-line Health-Care Professionals microcredentials will both be funded through a $15-million investment from the province of Ontario!
On campus, it’s been a year and a half since the Mental Health Commission of Canada and CSA Group launched the world’s first national standard on mental health and well-being for post-secondary students.
- Watch Perspectives LIVE for a look at how the past two years have changed what wellness means what mental health on campus looks like. Watch the video.
- And thanks to the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund, 16 institutions will now be receiving support to implement initiatives that align with the Standard (including seven CICan members: Cégep de Sherbrooke, Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College, Sheridan College, Assiniboine Community College)!
January 26 is Bell Let’s Talk Day.
On Wednesday, Bell will donate to Canadian mental health programs each time you take action to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health. You can participate by phone or text, and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, or YouTube. Join the conversation and make our actions count.
Must read: Reflecting on 50 years of growth and the path ahead
Fifty years ago, colleges and institutes from across Canada decided to join forces and give themselves the means to speak with one voice at the national level. Though anchored in their communities, they knew they had much to gain by working together and ensuring the college system as a whole could make itself heard. Read more!
Navigating Anew: Explore the full program and plan your conference experience!
Our Connection Conference is setting sail from April 25-27. Over three days, six streams, and 50+ sessions, we will be Navigating Anew!
Health and safety remains our number one concern: We are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and projections over the next few months. For now, the conference will go ahead as planned in hybrid format, which means we will be welcoming participants online and in person in Halifax. We look forward to seeing you! View health and safety information.
- Sessions to inspire and help us navigate uncertain waters: Over 100 speakers in over 50 live and pre-recorded sessions will get you thinking about how your own institution can navigate anew. Take a deeper look.
- Dynamic pricing options let you personalize your conference experience! Register for one, two, or three days; attend in-person or virtually; and get your crew together with new group rates for institutional registrations! Register before March 1 to take advantage of reduced early-bird rates.
LIVE: Amplifying Black excellence
Episode 5 of Perspectives LIVE airs February 16! February is Black History Month, when people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians to their communities! Post-secondary institutions and educators have an important role to play by removing barriers and amplifying Black excellence.
On teaching and learning, student support, community resources, and entrepreneurship and innovation, how can post-secondary institutions boost representation of Black Canadians?
SDG Accord: Help us showcase Canada’s leadership!
The SDG Accord inspires, celebrates, and advances the critical role of education in delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! As signatories, we maximize the impact of our efforts, share knowledge, commit to doing more, and hold each other accountable.
Help us reach our goal of getting 45 members on board to mark Earth Day on April 22. This is an opportunity to mark our global leadership! Read more about our goal.
Why sign the SDG Accord?
CICan signed the SDG Accord last year, and so have 15 of our members (so far)! Watch the video: Be inspired by their vision for what we can accomplish through collective action.
- Congratulations! Cégep du Vieux Montréal, Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, Cégep Gaspésie et des Îles, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Confederation College, Dawson College, Georgian College, Humber College, Lethbridge College, Nova Scotia Community College, Olds College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Selkirk College, Seneca College, Sheridan College.
BGIS event: “An Inspired Future”
BGIS is laying the groundwork for An Inspired Future! Join decision makers to learn about improving your organization’s financial performance while reducing your environmental footprint and planning for the future. The conference will take place virtually: February 1.
Did you know that researchers at SAIT are leading a new project focused on climate-resilient housing options for people who lost their homes when wildfires destroyed many of the buildings in Lytton, British Columbia? By September 2022, four to eight structures will be ready for occupancy, and options for long-term rebuilding activities will be in place. The project will also include a team from Okanagan College. We love seeing our members working together as a system!
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