$245,000 is being invested by the Government of Saskatchewan to support post-secondary students’ mental health and wellbeing.
The province has invested the money in Healthy Campus Saskatchewan, which will focus on supporting campus communities as they work to implement the National Standard for Mental Health and Wellbeing for Post-Secondary Students.
Healthy Campus Saskatchewan will also establish a Mental Health Trainers Working Group to support and encourage certified trainers to deliver workshops, maintain trainer skills, as well as certify additional individuals to provide training across the post-secondary sector.
The main areas of focus for Healthy Campus Saskatchewan include improving student mental health, suicide awareness and prevention, sexual violence prevention, substance use, pandemic responses, and inclusive environments.
“In the last two years we’ve really come together and grown as a community,” Healthy Campus Saskatchewan spokesperson Bev Drew said. “Healthy Campus Saskatchewan is poised to take the next steps, along with our sector partners, as we all work to advance the conversation around student mental health and wellbeing and address the evolving needs of students in the province.”
Since the launch of Healthy Campus Saskatchewan in January 2021, the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Ministry of Health provided combined funding of $491,000 to support this important partnership.
Healthy Campus Saskatchewan is a partnership of 19 post-secondary institutions that focuses on providing students with the knowledge, tools, and support resources they need to achieve their personal and academic goals.