“Mental health is essential to students’ academic success as well as their ability to participate fully and meaningfully throughout all aspects of their lives and throughout their lifespan.”
Mental health issues among young people are a reality, and post-secondary education is feeling the impact. The National College Health Survey—completed in 2013 by more than 34,000 Canadian post-secondary students—found an increase in almost all types of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, attentional related concerns, addiction related concerns and escalating stress levels to debilitating degrees. The Mental Health Commission of Canada says that mental health problems cost businesses $6 billion in 2011.
How community leaders can support mental health, and what are some of the best practices that could potentially enhance students’ mental health during post-secondary education?