CACUSS (2013) Handbook for Student Mental Health

The Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) has published the Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a systemic approach, which "is a first-of-its-kind resource that helps colleges and universities to plan comprehensive action to improve student mental health" (

CACUSS and CMHA BC are co-leading a national effort to support post-secondary institutions to engage in deliberate and reflective processes to advance a systemic approach to supporting student mental health. To date, these efforts have focused on the release of a post-secondary mental health background paper, consultation processes, and the development of a systemic approach designed to support campuses to plan and implement comprehensive, coordinated and collaborative strategies to support student mental health. A significant number of campus community members from across Canada have directly contributed to these efforts. 

In addition, it is increasingly acknowledged that useful knowledge comes from many sources in addition to research evidence. Experiential knowledge from student services professionals working in post-secondary institution settings, and from students experiencing mental health problems and/or living with psychosocial disabilities, is often not well-captured in much traditional research. Findings ways to collect and share this knowledge will be important as post-secondary institutions in Canada work together to move forward in addressing the complexity of student mental health and addictions in college/university settings. 

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