VICTORIA, B.C. – Staff at post-secondary facilities across the province will have a new tool to support students facing mental health crises on campus.
On September 10th,World Suicide Prevention Da, BCcampus announced the launch of Let’s Talk about Suicide: Rising Awareness and Supporting Students, a digital anti-stigma resource, giving staff and faculty a way to listen without judgement and start conversations about suicide.
“Now more than ever, post-secondary students, faculty and staff need access to mental health supports,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.
“This new suicide prevention resource will help faculty and staff start courageous conversations with students, so that people who are struggling know someone cares, and that there is help and hope.”
With the current pandemic and its uncertainty, students are needing people that they can talk to regarding their mental health and the challenges they may be facing. The BCcampus resources offer sensitive, respectful, detailed training on suicide awareness and response. It uses case scenarios, guiding faculty and staff to practice conversations about suicide and work to build skills to help support students who may be at risk of suicide.
“Post-secondary students can struggle with mental health because often they are far from home, their loved ones and their support networks. The uncertainty of moving to a new place, combined with the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, can cause distress,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training.
“We know that some days, students won’t feel OK so we’re committed to providing the mental health resources that will help them when they’re struggling or when they just need to be heard. Our goal is to help students succeed.”
BCcampus is a government-funded organization with a primary focus on supporting post-secondary institutions across the province and they work to adopt, adapt and evolve their teaching and learning practices working to create a better experience for students.
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