Lead funding for Collaborations for Change: Connecting Research & Practice in Post-Secondary Mental Health Conference was generously provided by the Rossy Foundation

The Rossy Foundation is a Montreal-based private foundation that was established in 2004. Its mission is to contribute to civil society and to improve the lives of Canadians with a focus on healthcare, mental health, civic engagement, education and the arts. The RF’s campus mental health program was formally launched in 2015 with the goal of improving mental health and wellness outcomes among post-secondary students in Canada. The RF’s campus mental health program supports innovation in campus mental health programming and services and encourages broad stakeholder engagement in the promotion of healthier campus environments.


Lead sponsorship provided by Bell Let’s Talk Initiative

The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative is focused on 4 key action pillars: Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership. Since its launch in September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations providing mental health services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities and other care and research organizations.

Bell is committed to continued support for post-secondary student mental health and wellness across Canada. Bell Let’s Talk funding enabled the creation of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students (the Standard), under the leadership of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

Bell is building on this commitment to support student success with the creation of the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund. The Post-Secondary Fund supports post-secondary institutions in their journey to implement the Standard. In Québec, schools also have the option to follow the Québec Action Plan on Student Mental Health for Higher Education. To learn more about the Fund and grant application criteria visit  https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/funding-opportunities#post-secondary-fund.


Funded in part through support from MHCC and Health Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a catalyst for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health issues. Through its unique mandate from Health Canada, the MHCC brings together leaders and organizations from across the country to accelerate these changes. In the fall of 2020, the MHCC, in collaboration with CSA Group and with funding support from Bell Let’s Talk, The Rossy Foundation and RBC Foundation, released the CSA Z2003:20 Mental health and well-being for post-secondary students. This Standard — the first of its kind in the world — is a set of flexible, voluntary guidelines that allow post-secondary institutions to reaffirm their commitment to promote positive student mental health and well-being, and aspire for further actions through principle-led approaches. The MHCC is committed to supporting institutions in working with the Standard by offering learning opportunities and resources such as the Starter Kit.

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