PDF | Vol. 4, No. 3 (2008)
This issue of Visions probes beyond the sunny surface of campus life to examine some of the underlying mental health and substance use issues facing post-secondary students, practitioners and administrators. Family members, students, counsellors and other campus professionals share insights into sources of student stress, substance use and the state of student mental health on various BC campuses. They also highlight outreach initiatives and innovative programs for students. You will also hear from students who struggled to make the grade, triumphed over adversity, and some of whom succeeded in creating change on their campus.
Mental Health and Wellness: Does your school make the grade?
The BC Campus: Where futures begin? Or a site for risky substance use?
(Tim Dyck and Nicole Pankratz)
Pressures of Student Life Demand Awareness and Support
When Being Yourself Makes You Sick: Special student groups at higher risk of mental illness
(Megan Dumas) (online only)
Experiences and Perspectives
Student Mental Health at Simon Fraser University
Beyond Cleaning Up Your Own Barf
Graduating from Panic U
Kwantlen Counsellors: Encountering a new wave of student mental health difficulties
When Expectations Crumble: A mother’s look at her son’s post-secondary experience
The Mind Shaft
From Cutting to Creating Change on My Campus
An Unexpected Education—What I Really Learned in University
(Tamsin Bosko) (online only)
Interview from halfofus.com
(Pete Wentz) (online only)
Alternatives and Approaches
Communities Practising Care: The BC Campus Project
Dreaming Big: Envisioning a campus-wide suicide prevention strategy
(Jonathan Morris and Jennifer White)
Accommodating Students with Ongoing Mental Health Issues: Lessons from York U’s Psychiatric Dis/Abilities Program
Building Connections Beyond Undergrad: A unique support group for grad students
Alcohol: Dispelling misperceptions using the social norms approach
Let a Friend Help You Through Stress
(Saman Khan) (online only)
A Community Response to Student Mental Health at TRU
(Megan Dumas and Cathy Tetarenko)
Are You Going Bananas?
Shifting the Focus: Recruiting parents to help reduce harmful alcohol use
(Paweena Sukhawathanakul and Bonnie Leadbeater)
“Hello, this is SFU Nightline...”: We’re here to listen!
(Rohene Ishmail and Sonu Purhar)
Recovery From Psychosis is Expected
(Rene Corbett) (online only)
Rethinking Drinking: TRU students develop a binge drinking toolkit
(Sarah Harrison and Marcia Vergilio) (online only)