Improving mental health support focus of MRU plan

May 2, 2013

Alberta-based Mount Royal University is drafting a plan to promote good mental health on campus. Dozens of recommendations are included in the report that was developed following 18 months of consultation. According to MRU’s director of wellness, it will be a balanced plan to include the entire campus community, and not just geared towards those who have mental health issues. The school also aims to address the problem of stigma as well as how to identify and help people struggling with mental illness. MRU officials plan to meet next week to go through the recommendations and set priorities. In January, the provincial government gave 3 universities $3 million each to develop mental health programs, but MRU was not among them. MRU’s VP says the school will go ahead with its plan and present a proposal for provincial support at a later date. CBC