Campus wellness committee

ACAD is demonstrating its commitment to the mental health and well-being of its community members as well as its collaboration with other post-secondary institutions and community partners through the Campus Wellness Committee.

The Campus Wellness Committee (CWC c. 2013) is chaired by the ACAD Student Counsellor, Jason Bauche, R. Psych., and is comprised of a wide array of students, faculty, staff, and management/administration. The CWC was initially charged with examining ACAD’s practices in order to consider whether and how the institution is positioned to support the mental health and wellbeing of the ACAD community, in general, and students, in particular.

The CWC adopted the following definition of mental health based on Corey Keyes’s (2007) theory. “Mental health is more than the mere absence of mental illness; it is the ability to participate meaningfully in one’s community, to engage effectively in the world, and develop meaning and purpose in one’s life.” Mental health enables individuals to adapt to change and take on new challenges. This resiliency is, of course, essential to students’ success.

Using the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) document, "Anchor“Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: A Systemic Approach” , and following the processes outlined by the Healthy Campus Alberta “Alberta Post-Secondary Mental Health and Addiction Framework” the CWC identified areas of strength as well as recommendations that it felt would enable ACAD to more adequately support the mental health and wellbeing of its community. The result is a systemic approach that the CWC believes will create conditions that will lead ACAD further towards the goal of establishing a flourishing community of students, faculty, and staff.

We have an opportunity to create an enduring culture of resilience, connection, strength, and goodwill such that future uncertainty and strain will be met with tenacity and unity. If you are interested in participating or contributing to this initiative, please contact the Counsellor at counselling@acad.ca.

Committee Documents:

  • Terms of Reference

Wellness Activities:

  • 2015 ACHA-NCHA survey participation (Jan/Feb 2015)
  • Generated 56 Recommendations brought forward to ACAD President + CEO (May/June 2015)
  • Outline of additional initiatives implemented
    • Workshop presentations within ACADSA Health + Wellness Programming
      • Stress Management
      • Time Management
      • Sleep Hygiene
    • National Depression Screening Day (2014, 2015, 2016)
    • #IBelieveYou (2015, 2016)
    • Mental Illness Awareness Week (2015, 2016)
    • Mental Health First Aid Training (2015)
    • Development of peer support program (partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association Community Helper Program)
    • Initiation of “The Nest” (student lounge/space)
    • Creating Safe + Supportive Learning Environments (presentation to faculty September, 2016)
    • Healthy Head, Healthy Heart (presentation to First Year Students at Orientation Days, September, 2016)

Other kinds of support

Find resources for academic support, advising, assistance for students with disabilities, and support for international students here.