The Healthy Campus Alberta Wellness Summit is an annual event for the HCA Community of Practice to gather to learn, share, and celebrate the work being done across the province to strengthen post- secondary mental health and wellness. This year’s event took place online in the form of a digital series, with two webinars on June 16 and 18 and the online Wellness Summit on June 23, 2020. Conversation was focused around the theme of Moving Upstream, as the community sought to explore how preventative and health-promoting initiatives can address the root causes and social determinants that influence post-secondary mental health.
Our programming at the Summit was structured around six areas of focus:
- Creating a Campus-Wide Strategy: How can post-secondary campuses advocate for and strengthen mental health at the institutional level?
- Centering Wellness in Teaching and Learning: How can program and curricular strategies promote positive mental health in the classroom?
- Strengthening Personal Skills, Relationships, and Resilience: How can wellness programs build individual skills in coping, self-esteem, and resilience?
- Building Supportive Campus Communities: How can post-secondary institutions build campus communities that reduce stigma and foster a sense of connection and belonging?
- Collaborating with Health Services: How can we partner with health services to best meet the mental health needs of post-secondary students, staff, and faculty?
- Engaging the Student Voice: How can student-led initiatives, involving post-secondary students in inception, planning, and/or delivery, champion positive mental health in their campus communities?
Attendees gathered around these topics in breakout sessions throughout the Summit. A summary of the learnings and discussions that took place in these sessions is included in the Community Report. To review the recordings and resources that came from the Wellness Summit, as well as a more detailed summary of the event, click here.