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New Mental Wellness Hub a one-stop digital resource for mental wellness support

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: September 29, 2020 5:00 a.m.

The Mental Wellness Hub is a one-stop digital site for everything related to mental wellness including counselling services and peer support groups.
The Mental Wellness Hub is a one-stop digital site for everything related to mental wellness including counselling services and peer support groups. Photo: stock

More than 25 per cent of postsecondary students have been diagnosed or treated for one or more mental health conditions in the last 12 months according to the Canadian National College Health Assessment. The University of Regina recognizes the importance of having mental health supports available for students, faculty, and staff. The University’s Mental Wellness Hub – is a one-stop digital resource for mental wellness support. The Mental Wellness Hub is one part of the University’s overarching Mental Health Strategy and is designed to educate, inform, and foster collaboration of mental well-being initiatives, services, and resources. 

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Well-being and Belonging is one of the five
Areas of Focus in the University’s 2020-25
strategic plan. Photo: U of R Photography

The University’s commitment to creating a healthy campus community and learning environment is reflected in its 2020-25 strategic plan All Our Relations, or Kahkiyaw kiwȃhkomȃkȃninawak in Cree. Well-being and Belonging is one of the five Areas of Focus in the strategic plan, with Mental Health Literacy and Research as one of the Area’s three key objectives. 

“Mental health and wellness are such critical parts of our overall health and well-being,” says Dr. Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “With the changes to our learning, teaching and working environment at the University due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having a central hub where students, faculty and staff can access mental health resources is absolutely essential.” 

Dr. Jenny Keller, Manager of Counselling Services, worked with Rob McCaffrey, Mental Health Advisor for Health, Safety & Wellness, to determine the content and resources for the Mental Wellness Hub. The result is a one-stop digital site for everything related to mental wellness, connecting students, faculty and staff to a variety of services and supports available to them, including:

  • Counselling Services;
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program;
  • Peer support groups;
  • Links to external partners/services;
  • Latest news and updates on mental wellness, including University of Regina initiatives and research enterprise; and,
  • Emergency assistance details.
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The Mental Wellness Hub connects students, faculty and
staff to a variety of services and supports available.
Photo: U of R web


“The Mental Wellness Hub is a much-needed tool for the campus community,” says Keller. “The experience and insight we have gained from talking one-on-one with students, faculty, and staff through Counselling Services was extremely valuable when we were determining the information and resources that we wanted to be available on the site.” 

When Keller and McCaffrey were working on the content on the site, they took into consideration how the mental wellness of students, faculty, and staff is crucial to supporting their academic and career success, achieving our academic mission, and our commitment to our communities. 

“Mental health and well-being have such a significant impact on our overall University community,” says McCaffrey. “Within post-secondary institutions, the mental well-being of students, faculty, and staff has been increasingly acknowledged as an area that requires support and focus. In particular, there is a need for preventative and proactive mental health programs and services that foster resilience and coping skills.” 

Visit the Mental Wellness Hub here

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