In 2021 the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released a National Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. The standard is a voluntary guideline that post secondary institutions can use to support the overall mental health and wellbeing of students. It was developed by the CSA Group Technical Committee in collaboration with experts and stakeholders within the field.
The standard aims to support post-secondary institutions in raising awareness about mental health and decreasing stigma, providing healthier and safer institutional environments, improving opportunities for students to flourish and promoting life and resiliency skills that students can incorporate into all aspects of their life.
The standard is free and you can access it through the MHCC website. They also have a one-pager that provides an overview of how to use the standard. It’s a great place to start if you want to understand the standard and how to use it. They also included a starter kit that helps walk you through how to use and implement the standard at your institution.
To learn more about it you can visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada website.