Student Mental Health Framework 2022-2026

Following an extensive year-long consultation process, we are pleased to share the revised and updated Student Mental Health Framework 2022-2026 (PDF, 2 MB).

The development of this Framework has benefitted immensely from the input and shared knowledge of students, faculty, staff and external community partners to create a guiding document that represents the voices of our diverse communities. We would like to thank everyone who provided their perspectives throughout the year, whether through one of the consultation meetings, an information and feedback workshop or an online session.

After two particularly challenging years due to the pandemic, it was timely to refresh our previous Framework, review our programs and services, consider new trends and best practices and collaborate with the community to further enhance our holistic approach to student mental health and wellness. Major additions based on what we heard include integrating substance use health as part of mental health, developing training and education on cyberbullying and social media use, establishing a community of practice for integrating mental health and wellness into the curriculum and in the classroom and ensuring that equity, diversity, inclusion, as well as Indigenous perspectives are woven throughout.

We have already begun to develop work plans that include evaluation measures for the implementation of the 30 recommendations outlined in the Framework. We will provide an annual report on the implementation of the Framework, and progress updates will be provided regularly.

Striving for wellness is an ongoing process that demands continuous improvement, and we are grateful to the entire Carleton community for their dedication and engagement to this critical work.

Student Mental Health Framework 2022-2026 (PDF, 2 MB)

Work Plan and Timeline

Process Consultation Phase

Action Responsible Timeline Status
Post work plan for input and public consultation about timelines, process, and strategy of the plan. OSA October 5, 2021 Complete
Feedback on the consultation process can be given in meetings, or online. OSA October 5 –15, 2021 Complete
Seek feedback on the consultation process from key stakeholders. OSA October 2021 Complete

Listening Phase

Action Responsible Timeline Status
Consultation session with the Board of Governors Supported by OSA, HCS and OVPSE October 15, 2021 Complete
Provide identified areas of focus (as noted above) for feedback to the Campus Community, and open an online feedback form about these areas, as well as any other areas of focus that may not be previously identified and general comments, for those who wish to participate digitally. Message from the Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) to the community

Supported by OSA and OVPSE

Late October Complete
Reach out to key stakeholder groups to receive feedback (including Student Groups, Centre for Indigenous Initiatives, Equity and Inclusive Communities, Health and Counselling Services, Office of Quality Initiatives, International Student Services Office, and the Student Experience Office). OSA and HCS Late October 2021 – November 2021 Complete
External community stakeholder consultations (including Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, Mental Health Commission of Canada, The Royal Mental Health – Care & Research, Carleton Parents, and Community Addictions Peer Support Association). OSA and HCS Late October 2021 – November 2021 Complete
Host information and feedback sessions for students, faculty, staff, and senior administration.  Student consultations will include closed sessions for:

  • Racialized students
  • Indigenous students
  • Students with disabilities
  • International students
  • Graduate students
  • Residence students
  • LGBTQ+ students

Additional closed sessions will be made available upon request for any key stakeholder groups including labour unions, student government and student groups. Requests can be submitted to SMHFramework@carleton.ca.

OQI, OSA and SMHAC Late October 2021 – November 2021 Complete

Tactical Phase

Action Responsible Timeline Status
Compile feedback from each session, as well as digital feedback, and sort through responses (Included for SMHF3.0 /Actionable but not for SMHF3.0/Not applicable). OQI and OSA November – December 2021 Complete
Draft and assess proposed recommendations. OSA and EIC, CII, HR November – December 2021 Complete
Pull actionable tactics not appropriate for the SMHF3.0, in partnership with key stakeholders to assess other implementation plans. OSA November – December 2021 Complete

Drafting Phase

Action Responsible Timeline Status
Release draft of the SMHF3.0 for feedback to the Campus Community including opening an online feedback form for those who wish to provide feedback digitally. OSA and SMHAC Late January 2022 Complete
Host information and feedback sessions for external community partners that have been previously consulted (including Student Groups, Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, Mental Health Commission of Canada, The Royal Mental Health – Care & Research, Carleton Parents, and Community Addictions Peer Support Association).

Additional sessions will be made available upon request. Requests can be submitted to SMHFramework@carleton.ca.

OSA February 2022 Complete

Fine-Tuning Phase

Action Responsible Timeline Status
Review and include applicable feedback OSA February 2022 Complete
Pull actionable tactics not appropriate for the SMHF3.0, in partnership with key stakeholders to assess other implementation plans. OSA February 2022 Complete

Finalization Phase

Action Responsible Timeline Status
Release final draft of Student Mental Health Framework 3.0 to the Board of Governors for information. OSA April 28, 2022 Complete
Release revised and updated Student Mental Health Framework 3.0. OSA and OVPSE April 2022 Complete

Final SMHF 3.0 Consultation Work Plan (PDF, 228 KB)

Shorthand Key (on-campus):

  • CII (Centre for Indigenous Initiatives): support students, staff, and faculty at Carleton by providing culturally safe spaces for dialogue.
  • EIC (Equity and Inclusive Communities): fosters the development of an inclusive and transformational university culture where individual distinctiveness and a sense of belonging for every member drive excellence in research, teaching, learning, and working at Carleton.
  • HCS (Health and Counselling Services): provides medical and counselling services.
  • SMHAC (Student Mental Health Advisory Committee): a cross-functional advisory committee made up of faculty, staff and students to guide the development of the Student Mental Health Framework 2.0 and its recommendations.
  • OQI (Office of Quality Initiatives): advances a culture of continuous improvement that supports Carleton’s strategic goals.
  • OSA (Office of Student Affairs): responsible for directing several programs, policies, and services that aim at promoting a positive on-campus experience.
  • OVPSE (Office of the Vice-President, Students and Enrolment): empowering our students to leverage the power of higher education to be a force for good by supporting them in achieving their academic, personal and professional potential through exceptional programs and services.

Shorthand Key (off-campus)

  • CICMH (Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health): helps Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance their capacity to support student mental health and well-being.
  • CCSA (Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction): a non-governmental organization to provide national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms.
  • MHCC (Mental Health Commission of Canada): leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians.
  • CAPSA (Community Addictions Peer Support Association): a non-profit organization of people affected by addiction located in Ottawa.