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What is the issue?
Acquiring a post-secondary education is exciting, transformative, but also challenging. The majority of students must juggle academic, financial, and personal demands on a day to day basis.
In that context, an increasing number of post-secondary students are experiencing mental health problems. In fact, 75% of first-time mental health diagnoses occur between the ages of 16 and 25.
What are we doing?
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with CSA Group (standards organization), is leading the development of a Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students (PSS Standard) set to be released in 2020. Like the Standard developed for the workplace including faculty and staff, the PSS Standard will act as a voluntary process guideline to help Canada’s academic institutions promote and support students’ psychological health and safety, and support students’ success.
The draft PSS Standard is available for review!
To review the draft:
- Visit: https://publicreview.csa.ca/
- Create or log in to your account
- Search "Z2003" to find the draft of the PSS Standard
The draft is available until November 6, 2019. The public is invited to review, share and substantiate comments and recommend a course of action.
How was the draft written?
After taking time (through research and development in 2018) to understand the issues, the MHCC and partners engaged individuals from coast to coast to coast, and with diverse perspectives, to help inform the draft PSS Standard. All feedback gathered was shared with the CSA Group’s Technical Committee, which represents a diverse set of affected stakeholders responsible for drafting the content of the Standard.
To learn more:
- Read: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- View: our Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Workforce! webinar
- Find us: at these events
- To share this project with your colleagues and other stakeholders, download, email or print our information sheet
- As one of the project key steps, a literature review was undertaken by Dr. Heather Stuart and her team at Queen’s University. This work shares information on emerging and promising practices related to psychological health and safety of post-secondary students. A summary is available and you can access the full report by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org