The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with CSA Group (a global leader in standards development), has championed the development of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. This voluntary Standard is the first of its kind in the world; it builds on the exceptional work of Canada’s post-secondary institutions and seeks to inspire further actions through principle-led approaches. The MHCC has also designed a Starter Kit to support post-secondary institutions as they begin aligning with the Standard.
This workshop is designed for those who are new to understanding the new Standard and are looking to develop their understanding of what the Standard is, and how to begin the process of aligning with it at their own institution. This will be an interactive session, focused on identifying and prioritizing key stakeholders to build support, while understanding the unique context of different institutions.
At the end of this session, participants will have:
- Increased their knowledge about the Standard and the available supportive resources
- Identified key stakeholders within their institution to engage with along their journey
- Enhanced their confidence about prioritizing their efforts to align with the Standard at their institution
Sandra Koppert, Director, Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, has extensive experience in strategic planning, outreach and promotion, and stakeholder relations within the national non-profit health sector. For more than 5 years at MHCC, Sandra has developed strategies and led projects to promote awareness and facilitate action for psychological health and safety in workplaces across Canada. This includes leading the national By Health for Health Collaborative of health leaders to advance workplace mental health in healthcare settings and now overseeing MHCC’s leadership in the development and promotion of a National Standard of Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students. Sandra’s career started in strategic research consulting before shifting her focus to the health sector and mental health.
Amy Fogarty, Manager, Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, oversees several key initiatives including the National Standard for Canada on Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students, as well as work related to child and youth, justice and chronic diseases. Amy’s passion for workplace wellness and mental health led her to the Commission in 2016, where she spent several years promoting training programs including The Working Mind, The Inquiring Mind and Mental Health First Aid.
Susan is the Program Consultant for the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.
Susan has an extensive background in clinical nursing, workplace mental health, health and human resources that spans 4 decades. This unique blend of knowledge, skills and experience results in the ability to provide consultation and programing to clients that is relevant, timely and meaningful to the realities of today’s workplaces.
Susan develops and delivers healthy workplace programs with a focus on mental health. She works with employers to balance workplace health with the business imperative to provide practical and realistic approaches to psychological health and safety at work.