Framework & Strategies

Here, you will find high-level guiding documents utilizing evidence-based best practices. Explore the resources below to discover mental health frameworks and charters, resources for developing a campus mental health strategy, and supporting materials for data collection and reporting.

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Student Food Insecurity and the Impacts on Mental Health

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Student Food Insecurity and the Impacts on Mental Health

Food insecurity on post-secondary campuses is a serious but overlooked issue. Studies have consistently shown rates of 30% to 40% of students experiencing food insecurity across Canadian post-secondary institutions, yet it is rarely talked about from an institutional perspective and often left for campus food banks to address. The mental...

National Standard Discussion Group: Winter 2022 Edition

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National Standard Discussion Group: Winter 2022 Edition

Are you working directly with the National Standard on an Alberta campus? You are invited to join HCA  to discuss your efforts with the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students with other Alberta campuses. The HCA staff team will guide the discussion group with...

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International Student Mental Health Support Toolkit for Program Planning

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International Student Mental Health Support Toolkit for Program Planning

From the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health “A toolkit designed to provide some considerations to assist in developing initiatives and supports to promote the mental health of international students from the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.”

Canadian Post-Secondary Mental Health Strategies

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Canadian Post-Secondary Mental Health Strategies

From the Best Practices Network in Canadian Higher Ed  The Best Practices Network in Canadian Higher Ed collated Post-Secondary Mental Health Strategies from across Canada. This may be a helpful inventory to review to support the development or implementation of a mental health strategy on your campus. 

Stepped Care for Post-Secondary Campuses

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Stepped Care for Post-Secondary Campuses

From the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health   “This guide provides:   An overview of mental health service delivery on campus and how Stepped Care can help with increasing demands for support; The various steps for implementation of Stepped Care 2.0 – an updated, more client-centric version of...

Activating the Okanagan Charter on Your Campus

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Activating the Okanagan Charter on Your Campus

Rachelle McGrath and Kandi McElary from Mount Royal University, Andrew Szeto from the University of Calgary, and Fritz Latimer from Olds College joined HCA to explore: Background of the Okanagan Charter Canadian Health Promoting Universities and Colleges Network Alberta Activation of the Charter at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Olds...

MHCC Mental Health of Emerging Adults

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MHCC Mental Health of Emerging Adults

From the Mental Health Commission of Canada The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has provided many helpful resources, one of which is a Consensus Statement on the Mental Health of Emerging Adults.  It includes 13 recommendations for service providers, policy makers and anyone else in a position to improve...

Okanagan Charter

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Okanagan Charter

From the International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges A TRANSFORMATIVE VISION FOR HEALTH PROMOTING UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES “Health promoting universities and colleges transform the health and sustainability of our current and future societies, strengthen communities and contribute to the well-being of people, places and the planet. SHARED ASPIRATIONS...

Generic Pledge Adoption of Okanagan Charter

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Generic Pledge Adoption of Okanagan Charter

From the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges A Transformative Vision “Health and wellbeing promoting universities and colleges transform the health and sustainability of our current and future societies, strengthen communities and contribute to the well-being of people, places and the planet. Statement of Adoption...

Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach

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Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach

“This guide outlines a framework for addressing student mental health in post-secondary institutions. It is the result of a commitment undertaken by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to strengthen student mental health. Another product of that commitment, Mental...

NCHA-II Web Spring 2016 Alberta Canada Reference Group Executive Summary

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NCHA-II Web Spring 2016 Alberta Canada Reference Group Executive Summary

From the American College Health Association (ACHA) “The ACHA-NCHA II supports the health of the campus community by fulfilling the academic mission, supporting short- and long-term healthy behaviours, and gaining a current profile of health trends within the campus community.” Excerpt from pg. 1 of summary

APSHA NCHA 2016 Press Release

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APSHA NCHA 2016 Press Release

From the Alberta Post-Secondary Health Association ALBERTA SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH NEEDS FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS ACROSS THE PROVINCE “Alberta — It’s crunch time for Alberta university students as they begin to complete final projects and exams, and newly released survey data helps understand health issues on post-secondary campuses. Today, the Alberta Post-Secondary Health...

Post-Secondary Mental Health Advisory Panel Final Report

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Post-Secondary Mental Health Advisory Panel Final Report

From the Government of Alberta “In early October 2016, we were asked by the Ministry of Advanced Education to Co-Chair the Advisory Panel on Post-Secondary Mental Health. We could not have been more thrilled and humbled to play a part in this incredibly important work. The Panel began its work...

Advanced Education Fact-sheet: Improving Post-Secondary Mental Health

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Advanced Education Fact-sheet: Improving Post-Secondary Mental Health

From the Government of Alberta This fact sheet presents Advanced Education’s response to the the Advisory Panel on Post-Secondary Mental Health recommendations report (June 1, 2017).  To read more about the Advisory Panel, click here.