Student Initiative Fund: Previous Grant Recipients

The following initiatives were grant recipients in the Fall 2013 round of Student Initiative Fund @ Queen’s. These initiatives will help to engage students in the topic of mental health and will contribute to creating a safer, more supportive, and more informed campus environment.

Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare(CUCOH)

Queen’s University [approved Nov. 8, 2013]

The 9th annual CUCOH conference will provide a forum for 300 undergraduate students from 11 universities to collaborate and gain knowledge about contemporary issues in healthcare. This year, the theme is ‘Controversies in Healthcare,’ and mental health will receive a major focus. Dr. Mike Condra of Queen’s University will give a keynote presentation on sociocultural factors that impact mental health, and the difference between mental illness and mental wellness. The aim of this keynote is to inspire future healthcare leaders to explore research and advocacy in the field of mental health.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

Mental Health Awareness Committee (MHAC) – Community Outreach
Queen’s University [approved Nov. 8, 2013]

Members of student organizations at Queen’s, especially student leaders in a position to educate and empower others, will have the opportunity to receive training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). In the 2013-2014 school year, 120 students will participate in this training, where they will learn valuable skills to use in recognizing mental health problems, intervening in crisis situations, offering support, and referring individuals to professional help. MHFA will equip student leaders with the knowledge necessary to help their fellow students, resulting in a positive ripple effect of peer support and life-saving referrals. Eventually, MHFA will be offered to anyone at Queen’s who would benefit from this training.

Mental Health Maps

Peer Health Education Program – Mental Health Team
Queen’s University [approved Nov. 8, 2013]

Student volunteers with the Mental Health Team will design and install “Mental Health Maps” in multiple high traffic areas around the Queen’s campus. These large signs will provide students in the surrounding community with information about essential mental health resources and services, with details about where to find them and what they offer. In addition to mental health resources, the signs will have information about related resources, such as academic supports, sexual health resources, and peer support programs. The ‘maps’ will also include mental health ‘reminders’ to help promote a mentally healthy lifestyle, such as stress management tips and healthy diet, exercise, and sleep habits.

Mental Health Toolbox Mobile App

Peer Support Centre
Queen’s University [approved Nov. 8, 2013]

Students from the Peer Support Centre will collaborate with mental health initiatives across the Queen’s campus to develop a mobile application focused on supporting mental well-being. The mental health toolbox app will include: tips to help a friend, self-help tips, resources at Queen’s, and daily inspirational messages or quotations. The app will be free and accessible to all students, and it aims to increase mental health awareness, decrease stigma, provide hope and inspiration, and promote peer support and help-seeking. The app will be promoted through social media and on-campus posters, and with a launch party in the New Year.

Mental Health Awareness “Super Saturday” & Leadership Retreat for Team Reps

Varsity Leadership Council (VLC)
Queen’s University [approved Nov. 8, 2013]

The Varsity Leadership Council (VLC), comprised of representatives from every Varsity Club and Team at Queen’s, has partnered with The Jack Project to make mental health a visible and engaging topic at several events. In January 2014, mental health awareness will be a key theme on “Super Saturday,” when many varsity games will be played in the same weekend. This major athletic event will provide an impactful forum for communicating that mental health and physical health are equally essential aspects of our overall well-being. The VLC will also organize a retreat for team leaders to openly discuss important mental health-related topics, including mental health awareness, bullying, anti-hazing and effective bystander intervention.