Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions
Included below are examples from PSE institutions across Canada on a variety of effective and innovative ways to address the needs of students with mental health disabilities and those dealing with mental health issues.
Below are examples that may provide assistance in developing group counselling programs and services within PSE institutions for those dealing with mental health issues.
- Counselling Services at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) offer a number of group counselling sessions for students each year. Some are facilitated by and with other professionals in the Prince George community, while others are just for students at UNBC. Examples of Group Sessions include:
- Changeways Depression Group
- Anxiety Management Group
- Body Image Group
- Self Esteem Group
- University of Toronto offers group therapy for undergraduate students, graduate students and for those wanting to deal with relationship issues. Find out more here http://www.caps.utoronto.ca/Services-Offered/Group-Therapy.htm.
- York University Personal Counselling Services offers a variety of groups and workshops designed to meet the needs of the York community. http://www.yorku.ca/cds/pcs/groups.html
- Counselling Services at the University of Victoria offer group counselling and workshops on topics such as:
- Anger, Stress and Anxiety
- Body image and food
- Chronic health conditions
Workshops and Training
Below are resources and examples that may provide assistance in developing mental health workshops and training within PSE institutions.
- Counselling Services at Wilfrid Laurier University will provide information sessions for staff/faculty meetings or classes regarding services, suicide awareness, mental health issues, or other related topics. To learn more contact Counselling Services at 519-884-0710 x2338 or email email@example.com
- Counselling Services at the University of Calgary provides Wellness Workshops on how to enhance students’ physical, mental, spiritual, social and emotional self. They also offer Personal Development Workshops. For more information contact the Wellness Centre at (403) 210-WELL (9355) (press 1 for Counselling) or check out http://www.ucalgary.ca/counselling/wellnessworkshops
- The counsellors at the University of Northern British Columbia facilitate many workshops and training opportunities throughout the year. For information regarding services contact Counselling Services at (250) 960-6369
- Counselling and Psychological Services at the University of Toronto offer a number of different workshops on a variety of topics such as dealing with stress and relationship building. To learn more visit http://www.caps.utoronto.ca/Services-Offered/workshops.htm
Below are examples that may provide assistance in developing peer support programs and services within PSE institutions for those dealing with mental health issues.
- The Peer Support Centre at the University of Alberta is a Students' Union service that offers the information, referrals, crisis intervention and a completely confidential place to talk. http://www.su.ualberta.ca/services/psc/
- Peer Helping is a program supported by Counselling Services at the University of Victoria that provides a comfortable, private, confidential and safe space for students who would like someone to talk to. http://web.uvic.ca/~peerhelp/about.html
- Mental Health Disability Services (MHDS) at York University runs a Student Leadership Program for those registered with MHDS. Upper level students with MHDS are in place to help incoming students familiarize themselves with services and resources on campus and provide them with support and encouragement in a less formal setting than the MHDS office. http://www.yorku.ca/cds/mhds/supportandservices/social_support.html
Below are examples that may provide assistance in developing crisis intervention programs and services within PSE institutions.
- At Carleton University, if students need to be seen urgently, but there is no appointment available at Health and Counseling Services (HCS), they can see a member of the Healthcare Team until a counselor becomes available. To learn more contact HCS at 613-520-6674 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The University of Toronto offers assault counselling for students who are in crisis as a result of sexual assault, partner abuse and other forms of abuse or violence. They also provide training to students or staff about violence and the impact on students' lives. To find out more visit http://www.caps.utoronto.ca/Services-Offered/Assault-Counselling/Definitions.htm
- At Wilfrid Laurier University counselling staff are available to speak with a class or small group regarding positive coping and supports available when dealing with a traumatic event or crisis.
For tips on coping with a traumatic event visit: http://waterloo.mylaurier.ca/counselling/info/debriefing.htm
- The team at the UNBC Counselling and Career Centre offers consultation services to faculty, staff, family of students and community members. http://www.unbc.ca/counsel/counselling_services.html
Below are examples that may provide assistance in effectively disseminating information on mental health issues within PSE institutions.
- The University of Calgary has an online Wellness Guide that covers the topics:
- Physical stuff
- Emotion stuff
- Academic stuff
- Social stuff
- Spiritual Stuff
Each section contains information on symptoms and potential causes of disorders that students may face as well as lists campus and external resources. To read the guide visit http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnessguide/