Mental health effects Canadians from all walks of life.  Stigma prevents young people from self-identifying. Educators need to be aware of 'red flags' and take initiative to intervene when students appear to be at risk. 

The resources listed below are useful for understanding and supporting students with mental health issues.

The Jack Project

The Jack Project at Kids Help Phone promotes youth mental health and well-being in Canada. Discover information on mental health and ways to support young people in our classrooms.

Student Health: Bringing Healthy Change to Ontario's Universities

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance believes that the physical and mental health of post-secondary students is critical for their academic success and personal well-being. The report suggests changes that need to be implemented to fulfil this mandate.

Changing Directions Changing Lives

This recently published report is the first ever mental health strategy for Canadians.

Mental Health Action Plan

This is a great on-line tool from the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. Through the website people can create a personal action plan to support recovery. On-line tools on this site are free of charge.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

At least half of all cases of bipolar disorder start before age 25. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. This site identifies symptoms to help you recognize a student who may be in distress.

What are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

Discover the positive, negative and cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia.

Reaching Students Who Don't Report Depression

Since 2006, The National College Depression Partnership (NCDP) has helped 30 American colleges and universities change the way their schools address depression through innovative and professional collaboration. Learn more about this interesting program.