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National Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

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What is the Standard?

The National Standard of Canada for Mental-Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students — the first of its kind in the world — is a set of flexible, voluntary guidelines to help post-secondary institutions support the mental-health and well-being of their students.

Where to start?

Make connections and access practical guides within CORE

The Centre for Outreach, Resources, and Engagement (CORE) is an online community with even more resources to help you implement the Standard. Along with a Q&A and calendar of upcoming events, CORE features a series of compendiums with practical advice on the Standard’s recommendations. The range of topics includes privacy and confidentiality, data gathering and evaluation, crisis management, how to examine policies through a health and well-being lens, and more.

  • Join the community to access supportive resources. Create a separate account to access the CSA Community, where related resources are available in the Centre for Outreach, Resources, and Engagement (CORE).

How does the Standard work?

The Standard is adaptable, so each post-secondary institution can decide what is achievable based on their situation, resources, and community context. And because it’s grounded in a commitment to continuous improvement, each can determine its own priorities for improving student mental health and well-being over time, no matter where they start.

  • Watch this video about the importance of working with the Standard.

Key outcomes the Standard supports:

  • raise awareness about mental health and decrease mental illness-related stigma
  • provide healthier and safer institutional environments
  • improve opportunities for student success and flourishing
  • promote life and resiliency skills that students can use at school, at work, and in daily life

Additional information

Student resources

Get early access to resources to help you align your implementation journey with the Standard. Send us a request to join our mailing list.


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