Bell Let’s Talk grant to support Sheridan students’ mental health

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Sheridan College is pleased to accept an investment from the Bell Let’s Talk Postsecondary Fund in support of better mental health for students in all Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Bell Let's Talk logoThe funding from Bell Canada will support postsecondary institutions with the implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Postsecondary Students. These flexible voluntary guidelines come from the Mental Health Commission of Canada to help support postsecondary institutions to support their students. Sheridan has an ongoing commitment to implementing the Postsecondary Standard. The Standard has five key outcomes:

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  • Greater awareness and reduced stigma around mental health
  • Increased access to student supports, on and off campus
  • Better life and resiliency skills that students can use at school, at work, and in their daily lives
  • Healthier and safer institutional environments
  • Improved opportunities for student success

“As we continue to promote health and wellness initiatives across our institutions, we know that for many of our learners, the ability to learn and succeed is influenced by internal and external pressures which take a toll on their mental health,” said Dr. Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “Our partnership with Centennial, George Brown, Humber and Seneca, along with Bell’s financial support, will identify the programs that best help our learners succeed, work to make real improvements in mental health and wellness across all our campuses, and allow us to share our work as a roadmap for success.”

Sheridan is partnering with fellow colleges and grant recipients, Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College and Seneca College to enhance the impact of the funding by pooling expertise and resources. $1 million in grants has been awarded to 16 Canadian postsecondary institutions.

“We are grateful for Bell’s generous support of this initiative,” said Leah State, Manager of Wellness and Counselling at Sheridan. “Working across the GTA with our partner institutions will not only benefit our current students, but also students across the province as we work collaboratively to create and share scalable solutions focused on supporting student wellness.”

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