Many studies on early-alert and early-intervention initiatives with students show that the earlier staff learn of students' needs, the more effective their interventions.
Often, campus staff who are not mental health professionals tend to be the first point of contact for students, such as resident advisors, faculty or teaching assistant. Mental health awareness training is important in building a supportive campus for students. More Feet on the Ground is an online training tool on how to Recognize, Respond and Refer students experiencing mental health issues on-campus. This online training tool seeks to address the lack of training on mental health and addictions and responds to the specific needs of post-secondary students. Join us, as we navigate this tool and explore the 3 R's: 1. Recognize indicators of mental health challenges 2. Respond in a way that is appropriate to the indicators that are present and the relationship you have with the student 3. Refer to the appropriate resources if needed, so that student can access the services available to them Subject Matter Expert: Pearlyn Ng, Research and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator
Pearlyn Ng is a Research and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator at the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CIMH) based at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division. CIMH is a partnership project involving Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, and the College Student Alliance with the CMHA. Pearlyn runs all knowledge sharing activities at CIMHC-including hosting webinars and preparing toolkits-with the goal to help Ontario's colleges and universities enhance their capacity to support student mental health and well-being.