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Mental Health and Well-being

Welcome, we’re glad you’re here!

We’ve developed a comprehensive and holistic strategic plan that will guide our path toward flourishing mental health and well-being for everyone in our Georgian community.

Are you in a crisis situation? Visit the counselling and mental health page for contacts, call 911 or campus safety services

Our commitment to mental health and well-being

While one in five people may experience serious mental health distress, five of five of us are impacted. When students and employees enjoy flourishing mental health, they’re more likely to be successful in academic pursuits and engaged in their employment.

Georgian’s Mental Health and Well-being Strategic Plan reflects our institution’s commitment to all of our community members.

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Important terminology

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What is mental health? 

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.

What is well-being?

Well-being is defined not merely by the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

What is flourishing? 

Flourishing is defined as a state where people experience positive emotions, positive psychological functioning and positive social functioning, most of the time. It includes multiple components such as growth and resilience.

Our road map to a flourishing Georgian community

It’s time to DREAM, time to DARE and time to DESIGN

In May 2018, Georgian began the process of creating a Mental Health and Well-being Strategic Plan. We undertook robust environmental scan and consultation phases where 783 Georgian community members from all campuses provided input into our plan. Once the data was analyzed, we identified five strategic pillars where we will focus our efforts to build a flourishing Georgian community.

Want to read the road map in detail? Or access it with a screen reader? Check out the PDF.

Georgian’s Mental Health and Well-being Strategic Plan

Institutional Structure: Organizational Planning and Policy

Through meaningful collaboration, we will cultivate a culture of empathy, connection, respect and equity and infuse mental health and well-being into our DNA, institution wide.

Mental Health Literacy and Promoting Well-being

Mental health awareness is a great first step. Georgian aims to move beyond awareness to mental health literacy so we can transform knowledge into action in order to benefit our own MHWB and that of others. Promoting holistic well-being increases skills and knowledge for practicing self-care and healthy behaviours.

Self Management and Coping Skills

Everyone brings strength, wisdom and resilience from their lived experiences. We will assist community members to increase adaptive coping skills through innovative program delivery.

Supports and Services

Mental health and well-being is everyone’s responsibility. When we treat ourselves and each other with compassion and understanding, we become part of Georgian’s growing support system which also includes online tools, workshops and counselling.

Crisis Management

Complicated situations, especially when there is an imminent risk of harm to self or others, require collaboration, multiple perspectives and a well co-ordinated response. We aim to help community members distinguish between distress and crisis and make it easy to refer students or employees to the help they need, quickly.

Institutional Structure: Organizational Planning and Policy

  • Georgian recognizes that flourishing mental health and well-being are essential for student success and employee engagement and will develop mental health policies that are consistent with diversity and equity guidelines, anti-oppressive, culturally relevant and respectful.
  • Incorporate mental health and well-being into main Georgian strategic plan in order to infuse this into our culture, institution wide
  • Continue to partner with Indigenous Resource Centres and the Segal International Centre to ensure initiatives are culturally relevant
  • Organizational commitment to permanent manager responsible for co-chairing Mental Health and Well-being Committee, implementation of Mental Health and Well-being Strategic Plan and well-being initiatives
  • Sign on to Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges
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Mental Health Literacy and Promoting Well-Being

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  • Continue to host mental health events each semester at all campuses in collaboration with community partners, including Bell Let’s Talk day, Mental Health Awareness days, and Stress-Free days
  • Promote mental health and well-being information and its relevance in new and innovative ways
  • Broadly implement mental health literacy program for students and employees
  • Promote physical activity and movement throughout the day based on ability
  • Consider upgrades to physical spaces to promote holistic well-being

Self-Management and Coping Skills

  • Develop Mental Health Peer Mentor program
  • Increase positive connection with “constellation of supports” involving supporters through online resources
  • Provide opportunities for community members to participate in evidence-based mindfulness programming in order to increase social emotional competencies as these skillsets are essential for personal, academic and professional success
  • Offer group programs, workshops and facilitated discussions on topics relevant to mental health and well-being
  • Continue to grow Flourishing Friday online series
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Supports and Services

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  • Update Georgian’s Stepped Care Model in order to clearly communicate all available supports and services that can be utilized prior to individual therapy appointments
  • Digital transformation – use of technology to ensure equitable student services delivery for all campuses
  • Offer some employee assistance program (EAP) benefits to non-full-time employees
  • Increase access to quality primary medical care from health care professionals with sufficient clinical background in mental health
  • Increase access to psychiatry consults for students

Crisis Management

  • Promotion of life and prevention of suicide are essential—Continue to train students and employees in Safe Talk and ASIST and consider investment in Feather Carrier training and new online Living Works START program to increase number of trained Georgian community members
  • Continue Students of Concern Committee and increase awareness of referral process
  • Education on distress vs. crisis
  • Provide support and guidance to employees and students concerned about other Georgian community members via mhwb@georgiancollege.ca and other tools
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Contact us

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We care about your mental health and well-being and we are here to support you.
Please connect with us at mhwb@georgiancollege.ca