Mental Health on Campus
By The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health
This podcast explores mental health topics that impact post-secondary students.
For more information visit us at campusmentalhealth.ca
Mental Health on Campus Jun 05, 2023
Episode 12 – Connecting with Indigenous Students and Staff on Campus with Megan VanEvery and Katy Rankin
In this episode, we are joined by Katy Rankin, a registered social worker in Ontario’s education system for 18 years. Katy is Anishnabekwe, a member of the Apitipiwinni Nation, Pikogan community, North of Quebec. We discussed the ways mental health services can be improved on campus for Indigenous students, advice for Indigenous staff who’d like to share their knowledge with their colleagues, how non-Indigenous staff and faculty can support Indigenous colleagues and students, and more.
Episode 11 – Quality Improvement 101 with Ash Koster and Laura Daly-Trottier
In this episode, Ash Koster and Laura Daly-Trottier from the Excellence through Quality Improvement Project (E-QIP) share key quality improvement (QI) concepts, an overview of the CICMH QI Knowledge College and how QI can lead to change on post-secondary campuses.
Episode 10 – Cannabis and Gambling Addiction Awareness with Dua Fatima, Nicole Rita and Steve Keller
In this episode, Dua Fatima (Youth Gambling Awareness Program), Nicole Rita (Humber College placement student) and Steve Keller (Youth Cannabis Awareness Program) will discuss emerging trends and research on youth cannabis and gambling addictions, addiction from a post-secondary perspective, available YMCA of Greater Toronto services and supports for post-secondary institutions across the province, and what campus staff and faculty can do if a student shares they are struggling with an addiction.
Episode 9 – Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Students on Campus with Taylah Harris-Mungo and Adanyi Phillip
In this episode, CICMH’s Bilingual Knowledge and Research Lead Taylah Harris-Mungo is joined by Adanyi Phillip, a support worker and queer youth advocate, to discuss the well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ students on campus and the ways youth are finding supports. They’ll also highlight the challenges faced by international students and what post-secondary institutions can learn from community organizations to better support the mental health of queer students on their campuses.
Episode 8 – Food Insecurity and Mental Health with Emily Anne Opala and Theresa Couto
In this episode, CICMH’s Knowledge and Research Lead Emily Anne Opala is joined by Theresa Couto, a Registered Dietitian & Wellness and Sustainability Manager at Queen’s University, for a conversation about food insecurity on campus. As a third to one half of students are classified as food insecure globally, programs like Swipe It Forward at Queen’s are working to offer options for students in need.
Episode 7 – Anti-oppressive Practice on Campus: Students’ perspectives
This episode of the Mental Health on Campus podcast is one piece of CICMH’s Anti-oppressive Practice toolkit project. The project aims to help those who support student on campus better understand what anti-oppressive practice is, how it can be integrated into their roles and how everyone on campus can contribute to creating a more mentally well campus through anti-oppressive practices.
For this episode, we’re joined by our guests Eunice Oladejo and Paishence Johnston to discuss anti-oppressive practice on campus from a student’s perspective.
Episode 6 – Leaning Into Art: Indigenized Art Therapy with Leanna Marshall
In this episode, Leanna Marshall (Indigenous Counsellor at Confederation College) will demonstrate what Indigenized art therapy is, its efficacy in virtual post-secondary settings and the differences between Indigenized art therapy and other forms of art therapy. She'll also talk about her experience with the WHEAT program. Lastly, Leanna will lead listeners through an eco-arts activity.
Episode 5 – Sheena’s Place: A Guide to Online Group Support with Kaitlyn Axelrod
In this episode, Kaitlyn Axelrod (Program and Outreach Coordinator at Sheena’s Place) will discuss the challenges and successes of facilitating virtual support groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on her experience running eating disorder support groups at Sheena’s Place.
During these times of heightened uncertainty and isolation, group-based mental health support is a critical resource for college and university students. Kaitlyn will share insights on what to expect when seeking group support and tips for safely and effectively facilitating groups.
Episode 4 – Return to Campus with Marija Padjen and Kirstin Grant
In this episode, CICMH Director Marija Padjen and Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division’s Director of People and Wellness Kirstin Grant will share tips and resources for both staff and students returning to in-person campus life. They will also highlight a resource created by CMHA Ontario on returning to the physical workplace.
Episode 3 – Opioid Crisis and Harm Reduction Strategies with Jean Hopkins
In this episode, our guest Jean Hopkins will share an overview of the opioid crisis in Ontario, highlight how students and staff can learn more about problematic substance use and list harm reduction strategies and resources for campuses.
Jean’s experience includes leading a substance use and addictions portfolio with a focus on substance use policy and treatment in Ontario.
Episode 2 - Men's Mental Health with Riley Wells
This episode explores Men's Mental Health. We spoke to recent graduate and Jack Talks speaker Riley Wells about Mental Health on Campus and his take on the term Toxic Masculinity.
Episode 1 - Sleep and Mental Health with Dr. Efrosini Papaconstantinou
Today we are joined by Dr. Efrosini Papaconstantinou who is going to talk about the importance of sleep and the consequences of poor sleep to mental health on post-secondary students.
Efrosini is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University, and is a scientist at the Center for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDPR). Her program of research is embedded in the sleep sciences.