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The following Humber College press release was reprinted with permission. 

Humber takes Lead in Addressing Student Mental Health

College receives $750,000 to deliver Mental Health First Aid training to Ontario colleges and  universities



TORONTO, Ontario – March 26, 2013 – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning  has received more than $750,000 in funding from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and  Universities’ (MTCU) Mental Health Innovation Fund. Humber will offer training to all 24 Ontario  colleges as well as Northern Ontario universities to help them to address student mental health in a  systemic way. 

The funding for the three‐year initiative will enable Humber and Mental Health First Aid Canada to  deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to provincial post‐secondary institutions. Initially,  Humber will train 24 people from up to 12 institutions to become MHFA instructors. These instructors  will then be able to provide MHFA training to individuals at other colleges and universities. By the end of  2015, more than 2,700 post‐secondary faculty, staff, administrators and student leaders will have  received MHFA training. 

“We want to give college and university students the help they need to succeed in postsecondary  education,” says Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid. “We want to help them  have a healthy, productive transition to postsecondary institutions and deal with newfound 

independence, both on and off campus.” 

“The Mental Health First Aid training program is a significant and unprecedented step in understanding  and destigmatizing mental health on campus,” said Jen McMillen, Humber’s Director of Student Access,  Wellness and Development and architect of the initiative. “By creating a community of care and 

equipping people with the skills and confidence to intervene, we can provide assistance to students in  need to help them succeed in their post‐secondary studies.” 

MFHA helps individuals identify when a person is developing a mental health problem or is experiencing  a mental health crisis, and gives them the skills to provide initial support until appropriate help is found. 

More than 400 Humber employees have already been trained in the two‐day evidence‐based course. 

"Humber‘s example as an institution committed to combating student mental health concerns will have  a meaningful impact on post‐secondary institutions throughout Ontario. Ideally, we’ll be able to 

replicate the Humber model on campuses across Canada," said Sjors Reijers, Manager, Program 

Promotions, Mental Health First Aid Canada. "The incidence of reported mental health concerns is rising. 

As more students open up about their mental health problems, MHFA can help ensure colleges and  universities have consistent ways of providing effective assistance and early access to services to  students who need it." 

“Early identification and intervention can put kids back on track – leading to better health outcomes,  improved marks, and a higher standard of living," said The Honourable Laurel Broten, MPP Etobicoke‐

Lakeshore. "That’s why the Ontario government is making sure that students here at Humber and at  colleges and universities across the province have access to more support and better mental health  services.” 


Mental Health First Aid Canada is a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). 

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning 

Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to  student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 27,000 full‐time students  and 56,000 continuing education registrants. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality  learning, Humber offers a wide‐range of career‐focused opportunities for students to personalize their  educational path, including 150 full‐time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part‐time  and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed  within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca. 


About the Mental Health Commission of Canada  

The MHCC is a catalyst for change. We are collaborating with hundreds of partners to change the  attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support. Our goal is  to help people who live with mental health problems and illnesses lead meaningful and productive lives. 

Together we spark change. 

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada. 



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For more information please contact: 

Nadia Araujo / Andrew Leopold  Marketing and Communications 

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning  nadia.araujo@humber.ca /andrew.leopold@humber.ca  416.675.6622 ext. 5479 / 4296 

Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist  Mental Health Commission of Canada  Office: (403) 385‐4050 

Cell: (587) 226‐8782 




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