UBC Mental Health Strategy and Network

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
  • Yoga
  • Speakers sharing their experiences 
  • Campaigns (e.g. MENTAL HEALTH ≠ MENTAL ILLNESS)
  • Pledges

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 jessica@albertastudents.ca to learn more.

- Cheers! 

 

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