AAU'S Public Policy Paper Series
No. 2013 - 04
Canada’s East Coast universities continue to build strategic community partnerships to deliver improved mental health services to students. The importance of this initiative was clear to attendees at the 2nd regional conference on student mental health services (Making the Connection: Improving university student mental health services through collaboration, cooperation and partnership[i]). Many of the 125 or so delegates to the Oct. 30 conference at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), organized by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) in collaboration with event sponsor Medavie Health Foundation[ii], work on the front lines of student health services at the region’s universities. So they know first-hand that they must answer the call to action issued at Developing a University Team Approach to Student Mental Health Care, the inaugural student mental health conference held at Mount Allison University in the autumn of 2012.
No. 2013 - 03
If you want to take a quick measure of the contribution of university leaders in Atlantic Canada, just pick up the morning newspaper. You’ll quickly discover that our universities play key roles in public policy development, economic growth strategy, health care delivery and medical research, and understanding the interaction of resource development and the environment.
No. 2013 - 02
Canada’s labour market may not be showing much demand for bakers or tailors or candlestick makers, according to the CIBC report The Haves and Have Nots of Canada’s Labour Market.[i] But market demand remains strong for university graduates.
Atlantic Canadians increasingly understand the vital role that their universities play in the progress of the region. They stimulate growth; incubate new businesses; attract talented new immigrants; and promote good citizenship. It must also be understood, as governments and businesses look to universities to foster social and economic growth, that our universities can only do this by achieving excellence in their primary mission – the education of Atlantic Canada’s future leaders.
Canada’s East Coast universities have taken on a major new challenge: They are working together to develop a coordinated approach to meet the growing need for student mental health services. The urgency of this undertaking was underlined by speakers at a November 1, 2012 conference at Mount Allison University (MTA). And the day ended with a clear call to action from Memorial University (MUN) Deputy Provost pro tempore Robert Shea: “The AAU event should not end after one day of conversation, but continue to ensure our university team approach to post-secondary student mental health is an ongoing dialogue.”