The Campus Mental Health Strategy (CMHS) launched in December 2015. Now, with 28 strategic recommendations underway or complete, check-out a sample of its progress.
Staff, faculty, and post-doctoral scholar support
We have trained over 2000 faculty and staff on mental health awareness and stigma reduction programs.
A mental health consultant role has been created for faculty, staff, and post-doctoral scholars. This role is the first of its kind in a Canadian post-secondary institution and bridges the gap between campus and community resources.
We reach over 8,000 students per year with outreach and training.
Student Wellness Services have increased counselling capacity and case management support over the last five years with its coordinated care model. This includes support for international students, Indigenous students, and for issues related to harm reduction and substance use.
Campus-wide event UFlourish
This yearly event supports all of our campus community. Participants during UFlourish build positive mental health, resiliency, and community connection through a series of online and in-person workshops, seminars, and events.
Messaging continues to be distributed across campus aim to show our campus community they are not alone, that there is help available, and that they are resilient.
"I needed something more than just studying"
Rumika Mascarenhas, Health Sciences Alumna and co-president of Sportive YYC, shares how dance helped her build resilience during her time at UCalgary.
Alongside community partners, UCalgary has launched a long-term system-wide transformation, working together to prevent all student suicides.
An SU Quality Money Grant will support the increase in training opportunities, through an expansion of workshop opportunities, including new courses such as SafeTalk and LivingWorks START
Suicide awareness and prevention trainings at UCalgary already include: Community Helpers, Responding to Students in Distress, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).
These programs have certified 11,151 community members since 2015, growing participant numbers steadily year over year.
Launched in Fall 2019, we currently have 148 students enrolled in the certificate.
This UCalgary certificate has already won a University of Calgary Teaching Award for Curriculum Development.
Courses within the certificate teach students to develop coping and personal resiliency skills, understand mental health issues through an intersectional and multidisciplinary lens, and apply problem solving skills in communities.