Visit the counselling/advising service for information about the Peer Mentoring Program. There may be an opportunity for you to participate in additional content related to mental health. This will increase your knowledge about mental health and mental illnesses so that you will be better able to support your peers.
Here you can download the Peer Mentoring Manuals (Facilitators or Students), that you may use in any way to support your program.
Students in Action
What can you do to help decrease stigma and support your friends and family members who may have mental health challenges? There are many things each of us can do. Here are a few steps you can take to be a part of the solution.
Step 1: Shout out Stigma
Work to dispel myths and reduce the stigma of mental illness. Hurtful language can be found everywhere. It perpetuates a harmful and negative image of people with various mental illnesses. Jokes, comments, sarcasm, can all be harmful. We can all stop that right now. Call it when you hear it.
Explore The Jack Project . In addition to information about students in action there are opportunities to get involved in activities to promote mental health and reduce stigma.
Step 2: Educate Yourself
Canadian Mental Health Association has a complete description of the various mental illnesses and their indicators. It also offers suggestions to help and support family or friends. In addition it provides ideas to improve mental health in everyone. The site also has downloadable guides that contain additional information, A Guide to College or University for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities.
Step 3: Know your Community Resources
Ontario’s Postsecondary Student Helpline, Good2Talk or call 1-866-925-5454. Good2Talk is a free, completely confidential and anonymous service that offers you professional counselling, mental health information and connections to local resources. We’re here 24/7/365 in both English and French. 211.ca is an online Canada wide data base of resources for a wide range of problems in every community in Canada. Services may include housing, financial assistance, food, counselling, medical services among many others.
The Mental health Help Line is a service that provides phone, chat, or email assistance 24/7. This service provides information about counselling services in each community, as well as strategies and basic education about mental illness. This is a service of ConnexOntario.
Step 4: Consider Training Opportunities
ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Program is a 2-day interactive workshop to provide first aid support for suicide prevention. This training is offered by various chapters of the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention and other providers. May be available at your college. Mental Health First Aid is the comprehensive training offered through the Mental Health Commission of Canada and may be available in your college.