Student mental health remains a top priority

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – Student mental health remains a top priority for the region’s universities and across the country.

The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) and Medavie Health Foundation present Making the Connection:  Improving university student mental health services through collaboration, cooperation and partnership, at Mount Saint Vincent University, Rosaria Hall – Multipurpose Room, today, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The one-day program is continuing the dialogue started at last year’s gathering of the region’s universities at Mount Allison by sharing best practices, advancing development of regional collaborative opportunities and creating partnerships with local health authorities.

It is aimed at university staff focused on the delivery of student mental services, student leaders and mental health services officials from local health authorities across the region.

“Improving student mental health services is a top priority across all of our campuses,” said Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University and Chair, AAU.

“The intention of today’s conference is to take advantage of expertise and best practices employed across the region’s universities and beyond, as well as seek greater alignment with mental health services provided by local authorities,” added Dr. Lumpkin.

“Given that most mental health issues develop before age 24, intervention is key at this pivotal time in a young person’s life,” commented Wade MacLauchlan, Chair of the Medavie Health Foundation Board and President Emeritus, University of Prince Edward Island.  “The Foundation is pleased to be part of the AAU’s ongoing efforts in advancing collaboration among the region’s universities and with local health authorities, helping ensure students get the support they need to maintain good mental health and lead fulfilling, productive lives. 

Details about the Making the Connection program can be found at atlanticuniversities.ca

The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) represents the interests of universities across the region, ensuring public visibility for the important role they play in preparing future leaders of our communities, in path-breaking research and innovation, and in contributing to the economic, cultural and social prosperity of life in Atlantic Canada.

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For further information, contact:
Peter Halpin, Execuitve Director, AAU
(902) 425-4238 or (902) 497-4419
phalpin@atlanticuniversities.ca

Joanne Elliot, Community Relations Advisor, Medavie Health Foundation
(902) 496-7189 or (902) 266-9287
Joanne.elliot@medavie.bluecross.ca