October 19, 2020

Promote positive mental health outcomes with the new national student standard

To support post-secondary institutions in promoting positive mental health outcomes on and off campus, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with CSA Group, has created a brand-new national standard on Mental health and well-being for post-secondary students!

This new standard is the first of its kind in the world and serves as a set of voluntary guidelines developed in consultation with diverse stakeholders, including students, administrators, service providers, and people with lived and living experience of mental illness. Its goal is to provide a consistent, evidence-based framework schools can use to enhance existing mental health strategies or develop new ones.

Since 2018, we have been working with MHCC on the development of this National Standard and thank all CICan members for their contributions: those represented on the Advisory Committee for Student Mental Health and the Technical Committee charged with drafting the document, and the many others interviewed during the process.