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Improving student well-being in Canada

February 19, 2020 at 01:00:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

Post-secondary students in Canada face a myriad of sources of stress that can impact their mental health. In fact, 46% of students told the 2016 National College Health Assessment (Canadian Reference Group) they were so depressed in the previous year it was difficult to function, and 65% reported feeling overwhelming anxiety. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is collaborating with CSA Group (standards development organization) to lead the development of a new voluntary Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for post-secondary students (PSS Standard) to help post-secondary institutions support and promote optimal mental health and well being for students. The first version of the PSS Standard is expected in spring 2020. Join Polly Leonard, Program Manager, MHCC, and CSA Technical Committee Member, to learn more about what to expect from the PSS Standard, details about its development and how it is poised to assist post-secondary institutions in working from a shared framework for mental health to improve student well being and success.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter Cecilia Reaburn
Events and Communications Coordinator, CAF-FCA
Webinar hosting presenter
Program Manager, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Polly Leonard, MSW RSW, is a Program Manager at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, where she brings expertise and an equity lens to her work on the PSS Standard project and as member the CSA Technical Committee responsible for writing its content. Polly’s previous roles include professor in the Social Service Worker program and Harm Reduction Project Manager at Algonquin College, where she spearheaded the AC Umbrella Project. Polly also worked at the Canadian Public Health Association on a public health approach to cannabis, as the community capacity builder. Polly also has direct clinical and supervisor experience, spending a few years working at Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and at the Sexual Assault Support Centre. Polly is a registered social worker and brings a community building approach to understanding human and societal behaviour, substance use and mental health.