Results from the Cross-Canada Release of the Post-secondary Student Stressors Index
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Background: Addressing post-secondary student stress is an important step in reducing the prevalence of mental illness and psychological distress among this population. In response to the absence of an effective tool designed to evaluate the sources of post-secondary student stress, the Post-Secondary Student Stressors Index (PSSI) was created and validated through extensive collaboration with students [3]. Methods: The PSSI was released as an online survey at 15 post-secondary institutions across Canada for the 2020-2021 academic year, with multiple data collection timepoints facilitating a longitudinal analysis of trends in stressors over time and across regions. Nine provinces and one territory were represented in this study. Results: Results from this study provide a broad overall picture of the patterns in student stressors in different regions of Canada and can inform future research regarding stress among post-secondary students, as well as provide recommendations for the improved targeting of upstream campus mental health services.

Learning Objective 1:
Understand the most severe sources of stress for post-secondary students
Learning Objective 2:
Understand the patterns of stressors across different regions in Canada
Learning Objective 3:
Discuss potential opportunities for the improved tailoring of upstream campus mental health services
Health Promotion (national standard, healthy campus)
Session Type
Virtual Session Link