University presidents form working group on students' mental health

February 7, 2012

A group of Canadian university presidents has formed a working group to examine the role universities can play in addressing and dealing with mental illness on campus. The decision to put together the group was made at a workshop on mental health at universities, held in early December by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Mount Allison University president Robert Campbell chairs the 7-member group that will try to develop a roadmap to help universities better respond to this issue. The group plans to submit recommendations to AUCC's board and membership in April. Meanwhile, Queen's University has announced it will host a new research chair dedicated to understanding and ending the stigma that lingers around mental illness. Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair is funded by a $1-million gift from Bell Canada. University Affairs | Queen's News Centre | Globe and Mail