UBC has taken the lead on supporting mental health and well-being on campuses. In 2010, they made it a priority to (see 'Mental Health Priority' below) to develop and support services that provide students with improved resources, information, and campus environment to support mental health and well-being.
In the early conceptualization of increasing capacity of mental health; some of the proposed strategies to improve student wellbeing were focused on:
- Awareness and skill building;
- Creating a more supportive learning environment;
- Identification of students with difficulties and connection to supports to prevent students from reaching the point where they are unable to cope; and
- Finally, improved access to mental health services.
In 2012, the UBC rolled out the strategy and one prominent initiative that was born was the UBC Mental Health Network (MHN) -- a student-led network by students, for students. Students support students through things like:
- Peer support groups
- Relaxation techniques
- Speakers sharing their experiences
- Campaigns (e.g. MENTAL HEALTH ≠ MENTAL ILLNESS)
These are just a few of the services provided by the MHN. If you are interested in talk learning more, there is link provided below. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.