Huron Receives $25,000 Bell Let’s Talk Grant in Support of the University’s Culture of Continuous Improvement in the Areas of Mental Health & Wellness
Huron is one of 123 post-secondary institutions to receive a $25,000 grant from Bell Let’s Talk via their Post-Secondary Fund. These “kickoff grants” were madeto support these institutions’ abilities to implement policies and programs to more closely align with the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.
What is the Standard?
The first of its kind, the Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students is a set of voluntary guidelines that aim at addressing the significant mental health crises being experienced by Canada’s young people – a situation that has been exasperated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This Standard was created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – supported by funding through Bell Canada.
The Standard aims to:
- Increase mental health awareness and decrease stigma
- Enhance the health and safety of educational environments
- Improve opportunities for student success
- Promote life skills and resiliency
How is Huron aligning with the goals of the Standard and how will this grant further empower us to do so?
Over the past several years, Huron has made significant investments into our ability to serve the immediate and long-term mental health needs of our students. This has included creating a Wellness Centre that touts both a welcoming physical and digital presence. Through this Centre, we have launched numerous initiatives that build resilience and awareness, while also providing one-on-one support for crisis and ongoing mental health concerns.
With this grant, we will deepen our efforts by establishing a Foundation to fund ongoing mental health and wellness programming. We will implement a large-scale evaluation of our services (via an internal audit and student feedback) and, based upon an evaluation of these results, we will strategically foster a culture of continuous improvement.
“At the core of Huron’s mission is our commitment to instill in our students the compassion and confidence to lead within their communities,” shares Huron President, Dr. Barry Craig. “To prepare them to fulfill this lofty task, we – as an institution – must reinforce their resiliency and promote positive mental health policies. In this spirit, we are actively addressing the growing demand for stigma reduction and holistic mental health support. This grant will enable us to reinforce what is working for our students and build upon areas where we may be better able to serve them, so they are more fully prepared to serve others.”