Mental Health Organizations

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health brings together a multi-disciplinary community of campus service providers to share best practices, improve mental health services for students and enhance support for frontline staff. The Centre is a joint venture of Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the College Student Alliance, the Undergraduate Student Alliance and the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario Division). The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, formerly the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, provided  funding support for this initiative.

More Feet on the Ground is an educational website on how to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus. Users can select their institution for information about campus mental health resources. Registering on the website will give users the capability to complete quizzes and earn a certificate for the More Feet on the Ground mental health training.

The BACCHUS Network is a collegiate peer-based education initiative that trains student leaders to address campus health and safety issues. Its website provides resources on a variety of topics, including mental health.

The Bazelon Centre for Mental Health Law has developed a Campus Mental Health Guide for students looking for help with mental illness or emotional distress. The guide includes information for students about seeking help, privacy rights, academic accommodations, academic discipline, involuntary leave, visiting psychiatric hospitals, forced medication and other resources.

Bell Let’s Talk is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to improving mental health. This initiative offers support for a wide variety of mental health awareness and management projects across the country.

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health is a broad network of organizations working in various aspects of mental health. It includes service consumers and providers, community and research bodies, and professional organizations.

The Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to develop Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is devoted to reducing the national suicide rate. It facilitates knowledge exchanges, advocates for policy improvements at all levels of government and supports leading research in the field.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) promotes good mental health for the entire population and the resilience and recovery of people living with mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research, and services. CMHA’s Your Education – Your Future website includes helpful information for students with psychiatric disabilities who are transitioning to college or university.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is the largest teaching hospital for mental health and addictions in Canada. It is a national leader in research, education, clinical services, policy development and health promotion. CAMH’s Mental Health and Addition 101 is a series of free tutorials on some of the most common mental health and addiction issues.

Good2Talk is a 24-hour helpline for postsecondary students that offers free, anonymous, professional counselling, and information and referral services. The helpline (1-866-925-5454) is a joint initiative of the Kids Help Phone, ConnexOntario, 211 Ontario, and the Ontario Centre for Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.

The Jack Project is devoted to promoting good mental health among youth by improving awareness of mental health issues and developing technology to help students reach the help they need. Videos from the Jack Project can be viewed here.

The Jed Foundation promotes positive mental health and works to prevent suicide among college and university students.