First-ever Mental Health Forum at Brescia only one piece of a larger project

September 30, 2013
News Release

London, ON –Brescia University College is leading the way in post-secondary education in London with its first Mental Health Forum. The event is intended to bring together students, faculty, staff, and alumnae in an effort to share ideas, concepts, and perspectives about the mental health needs and support services on campus.

31 Canadian universities recently participated in the 2013 NCHA survey (National College Health Assessment—released in April 2013). Students were asked about their health and mental health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. At Western, 810 students participated, including Brescia students; 73% were female, further highlighting the need for formal support services at Canada’s only all-women’s university. Manager of Student Engagement and Mental Health Project team member at Brescia, Courtney McDonald, explains, “The Brescia Mental Health Project Team has undertaken a community consultation process to explore the ways in which our campus can enhance support around student mental health and wellness. We are currently in part two of our consultation: a community-wide forum, which aims to compile ideas and make connections between the strengths of Brescia in supporting our students and the resources or supports that are needed moving ahead. Thus far, we have received high participation from our faculty, staff, and students; greatly validating this mission and letting us know that we are moving in the right directions for our students.”

Dr. Anne Barnfield, Associate Professor of Psychology at Brescia, and project team member, explains that Brescia is aiming to provide the proper resources for the issues that university students are facing today. Barnfield explains, “As with many universities across Canada, Brescia is looking at ways to raise awareness of mental health issues and to improve our responses to these issues. We are working to enhance services for students regarding mental health and wellness with input from all members of the Brescia community, including faculty.”

The Mental Health Forum will take place on Friday, October 4 at Brescia in the St. James Building Auditorium beginning at 12:00 p.m. and going until 2:00 p.m.

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