Mental Health

BACKGROUND

The ministers of education and of post-secondary education and training are collaborating to promote

  • positive mental health in public schools and post-secondary education/training institutions
  • a continuum in the delivery of effective services to students
  • the sharing of evidence-based practices and intervention strategies
  • networking opportunities and partnerships between and among various government departments and key stakeholders

Key regional initiatives - the 2017 symposium on mental health and further collaboration in the area of data collection and research - will advance the critical work underway in the provinces and are designed to assist them in

  • ensuring a positive mental health environment conducive to building student resiliency
  • building capacity and expertise on the topic of mental health
  • making informed decisions regarding the provision of effective mental health services to students

2017 CAMET SYMPOSIUM ON MENTAL HEALTH

Building on the success of the 2016 symposium, in June 2017 CAMET will host a second symposium on mental health, involving mental health specialists in the areas of public and post-secondary education, health, and non-government organizations.

The symposium will provide a valuable opportunity to establish and strengthen partnerships among the various stakeholders pertaining to the continuum of effective service delivery. The symposium will also be a valuable professional development initiative as participants engage in networking, share evidence-based practices, and learn from one another. More information on the October symposium will be available in the coming months.

MENTAL HEALTH DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS

The Atlantic ministers of education and training recognize the importance of evidence-based research and data in the area of mental health to assist the provinces and stakeholders in making informed decisions pertaining to intervention strategies to support students. Provinces will consult with experts in the field of mental health to determine what data are currently available and what need to be collected.

The mental health data collection and analysis initiative is expected to yield critical and positive results for the provinces, collectively and individually. Building on the existing data relevant to public and post-secondary education students, the information obtained from this initiative will provide evidence-based data to inform regional decision making regarding establishing policies, programs, and - more specifically - intervention strategies to address the issue of mental illness among public and post-secondary education students.