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Principal’s Commission on Mental Health Lynann Clapham, Roy Jahchan, Jennifer Medves, Ann Tierney and David Walker (Chair)

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1 Principal’s Commission on Mental Health Lynann Clapham, Roy Jahchan, Jennifer Medves, Ann Tierney and David Walker (Chair)

2 Purpose To make recommendations to the Principal on the establishment of a mental health strategy that will address: PREVENTION How Queen’s can promote a healthy, inclusive and supportive environment How Queen’s can promote mental health awareness and reduce stigma RECOGNITION How Queen’s can quickly and effectively determine when a student is experiencing mental health issues RESPONSE How Queen’s can provide the required levels of support for students facing various mental health challenges

3 Commission Activities Weekly meetings since September Meetings by invitation and by request Research into best practices Written submissions, personal stories Website: Working forums Presentations on campus

4 What have we heard? Facts, surveys, data: – Prevalence of mental illness – Increased attendance at universities of those with established mental illness – University-age: high for development of mental illness – Disincentive to declare, receive assistance The range of student experience – Stress, distress, illness

5 What have we heard? The need to recognize especially vulnerable populations – International students – Ethno-cultural groups – Family expectations; those who have never faltered – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students – Those of colour – Any who feel different, unaccepted, outside and not experiencing “the best years of your life!” Particular issues of graduate students Need for mentoring Student/supervisor relationship Funding and related issues TA role

6 What have we heard? PREVENTION Address the transitions – To University/Residence – To the Community – Through a program of study – To Graduate/Professional School Teach life and student skills (“University 101”, work-life balance, financial management, stress management etc.) Role of Orientation Week – Length – Content – Need for booster at critical junctures

7 What have we heard? RECOGNITION Expression of the value and importance of mental health – From the top – Formally expressed – Promulgated and supported through policies and practices Mental health literacy – Formal and informal programs – Students, staff, faculty – Live + web-based, repeated, accessible Reduction of Stigma

8 What have we heard? RESPONSE Critical role of Residences – Programs – Policies – Dons – Peers Critical role of HCDS Critical role of peers Critical role of faculty/department Critical role of family Links to Community Resources, Hospitals

9 Some ideas Address and modify unnecessary academic/timetabling stressors (exam schedule, a more consistent rhythm to the term) Fall reading week? New approaches to accommodation Expand mentoring/buddy programs More tools for profs, TAs, academic advisors, staff, peers for responding and referring “Hub and spoke” counselling model - contextual/in-school advising/counselling

10 Some ideas Pre-empt rather than catch up: early identification of academic difficulty, early intervention Creating supportive process for temporary withdrawal and smooth reintegration Life and coping skills programs – Workshops on $, break-ups, time management, stress – Role of physical activity – Role of parents

11 Some ideas Use of social media to build awareness of mental health, resources, supports Help-lines and expanded use of community resources Mobile apps for awareness, help Positive role-model events (Clara Hughes)

12 Some ideas Academic Division or Centre for Student Mental Health – Advance knowledge – Develop programs – Integrate disciplines Psychiatry Psychology Social Work Law Community Etc…

13 Some ideas Role of Health, Counselling and Disability Services – Outreach and Education – Hub and Spoke counselling model – Integrated (by discipline and space) – Liaison and tight integration with community/hospitals – Link with academic health professional schools – 24/7 assessment, triage, intervention and referral – New funding model – Location

14 Your ideas? PREVENTION RECOGNITION RESPONSE

15 Contact Us Send us your ideas, stories, comments

16 Where to go if you need support On-Campus Resources: Counselling Service at HCDS – University Chaplain – for non-denominational support and service Queen’s International Centre (QUIC) – – personal support and referral for international and exchange students Alma Mater Society (AMS) Peer Support Centre – – drop by Room 34, JDUC. Open from 3 pm to 1 am, 7 days a week Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) Advisors – Campus Security at for after-hours access to support If you live in Residence, talk to your Don Kingston Community Resources: Telephone Aid Line Kingston (7 am to 7 pm) Frontenac Community Mental Health Crisis Service (24 hours) Sexual Assault Centre Kingston (24 hours) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Line


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