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University of Regina launches Mental Wellness Hub, a one-stop digital site for mental wellness support

News Release Release Date: September 29, 2020 3:00 p.m.

This afternoon the University of Regina launched its Mental Wellness Hub – a one-stop digital resource for mental wellness support for students, faculty, and staff. 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.

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.

“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.”

You can find the Mental Wellness Hub on the University of Regina’s website at: https://www.uregina.ca/mental-wellness/index.html    

Dr. Jenny Keller and Rob McCaffrey are available for interviews. Please contact Mindy Ellis at 306-581-4541 or mindy.ellis@uregina.ca to arrange an interview. 

 

About The University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

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