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1 Success Through Wellness: Seeing Yourself in the Campus Mental Health Strategy Student Affairs Professional Development Day November 26 th, 2014

2 Today’s Agenda 8:30 Greetings and introduction 8:45Developing an Inclusive Campus Mental Health Strategy 9:15Implementation of our Campus Mental Health Strategy 10:15Break 10:30Mental Health Advocacy and Accessibility 11:00Health, Wellness, Safety and Respect NoonLunch 1:00Mental Health Services for Staff and Students 2:30Responding to Mental Health Problems on Campus 3:00Introduction to Group Exercise/Break 3:00Group Exercise 3:30Group Discussion and Debriefing 4:00Wrap-up

3 Developing an Inclusive Mental Health Strategy for the University of Manitoba Don Stewart, Ph.D., C.Psych. Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist Executive Director, Student Support Stephanie Loewen, M.A. Director, Mental Health & Spiritual Health Care Manitoba Health, Healthy Living & Seniors

4 Overview What is mental health? How does mental health relate to mental illness? Why does mental health matter? How does a mental health strategy help? How did we develop our strategy?

5 What is Mental Health? feel thinkact enjoy life challenges emotional spiritual culture, equity, social justice, interconnections, and personal dignity“The capacities of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections, and personal dignity” (PHAC, 2006) foundation functioningThe foundation for well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community

6 You can be Mentally Ill and Mentally Well at the Same Time! Corey Keyes, 2002

7 Why does Mental Health Matter? For students, “mind, brain, and body must be in shape for and open to learning experiences…so we must pay attention to students’ well-being” (Douce & Keeling, 2014) For staff, “a work environment that promotes good mental health is socially responsible, cost effective, and helps attract and keep good employees” (MHCC, 2013)

8 So, what’s the concern…?

9 Universities are essentially ‘stress incubators’… … that increase the risk of mental health problems for students and staff

10 Mental Health Concerns Involving Students 75% of mental disorders have an onset prior to age 25 Anxiety and depression peak in the year age group Young adults do not recognize mental health symptoms as such and are unlikely to seek help Young adults have high levels of self-stigma Young adults face barriers to service accessibility Young adults may lack resources to cope effectively

11 Mental Health Concerns Involving Staff Personal and work-related stress are among the most common issues in EAP counselling requests More than 1 in 5 Canadians will develop a mental illness at some point in their life Each week about 500,000 Canadians miss work for mental-health related issues About 30% of disability claims and 70% of costs are mental-health related Mental health issues are a major source of workplace conflict, grievances, and turnover Mental health problems cost the economy about $51 billion annually Each dollar invested in preventive efforts yields almost $6 in savings

12 How does a Mental Health Strategy Reduces distress and increases productivity Fosters an environment where all can flourish Help?

13 Benefits of an Inclusive Mental Health Strategy Investing in campus mental health and well-being will contribute to: Improved physical health Increased life expectancy Better educational achievement Increased skills Reduced health risk behaviours such as smoking and alcohol misuse Reduced risk of mental health problems and suicide Improved employment rates and productivity Reduced anti-social behaviour and criminality Higher levels of social interaction and participation - No Health Without Mental Health, 2011

14 How did we Develop our Strategy? (Gather as much information from every feasible angle!) Community Input  Scrawl on the Wall  Website  Student, Staff & Faculty Interviews  External Partner Interviews Student Input  Student Focus Groups  NCHA Results Faculty & Staff Input  Online Survey Services Available  On and Off-Campus Services Used  Costs for services Literature Review  Research  Best or Promising Practices  Healthy Universities (UK)  CMHA/CACUSS Guide (CAN)

15 Elements of Our Strategic Plan Journey Hire a mental health consultant Develop a working group Scan evidence-based practice Develop a consultation strategy Scan current status of the mental health service system, including service use Identify key UM, regional, and provincial stakeholders Consult with stakeholders Develop an advisory committee Review consultant’s report of recommendations Based on evidence and analysis of consultant’s report, develop a mental health strategy Obtain approval for mental health strategy from President’s Executive Team Hire a Campus Mental Health Facilitator to develop an implementation plan and monitor progress and outcomes of the strategy

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