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What is the issue?

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Acquiring a post-secondary education is exciting, transformative, but also challenging. The majority of students must juggle academic, financial, and personal demands on a day to day basis.

In that context, an increasing number of post-secondary students are experiencing mental health problems. In fact, 75% of first-time mental health diagnoses occur between the ages of 16 and 25.


What are we doing?

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with CSA Group (standards organization), is leading the development of a Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students (PSS Standard) set to be released in early 2020. Like the Standard developed for the workplace including faculty and staff, the PSS Standard will act as a voluntary process guideline to help Canada’s academic institutions promote and support students’ psychological health and safety, and support students’ success.

Thank you to all who participated in informing the PSS Standard!

From June 2018 until June 2019, the MHCC encouraged input from across the country to promote the psychological health and safety of students and #studentsuccess at the post-secondary level.

The MHCC received over 2,500 online survey responses and worked with more than 60 partners and interested stakeholders to conduct engagements and dialogues. We are grateful to those who participated in the online survey and for those who hosted their own dialogues. View a map of participating organizations, associations and institutions who completed dialogues and other engagements for the PSS Standard. All feedback gathered was shared with the CSA Group’s Technical Committee, which represents a diverse set of affected stakeholders responsible for drafting the content of the Standard.

Coming Soon: Review the draft of the PSS Standard!

Mark your calendars! From mid-August to October 31st, a draft of the PSS Standard will be available for review. During this time, the MHCC and CSA Group will be looking for your input. Subscribe to the MHCC newsletter to be the first to know about the public review, its release date and to learn about how you can provide feedback on the draft of the PSS Standard.

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