Ryerson Grows Mental Health Training Program

October 01, 2016

Whether it is through a friend, a family member or even colleague, mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some point. 20% of Canadians will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime. Your age doesn’t matter. Your education or your income doesn’t matter. Your race, religion or culture doesn’t matter. Mental illness can affect anyone.

It is impossible to “get rid” of mental illness, so Ryerson University decided to expand its training in an effort to help faculty members properly accommodate students with mental health issues.

Mental Health 101, an optional workshop, is now available to train more staff. A special subcommittee on the Ryerson Mental Health committee created it back in 2015 based off a three-step model developed by OCAD University. This model helps staff understand and notice various sign of distress, engage and actively listen, as well as how to refer students to appropriate campus resources.

It is amazing to see local post-secondary institutions taking giant steps towards making the proper accommodations for students who suffer with mental health. In a day where signs of mental illness are getting harder to find, it is important to make sure that as many people as possible are aware of ways they can help their loved ones in need. Hats off to Ryerson University, the school next door!

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