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  1. The Role of Schools in Addressing Tobacco

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    Chances are, when you think of preventing smoking, you think of education programs in school. But, as a recent Ministry of Health document shows, prevention is much more than education. 1 Schools are also being asked to develop policies to respond to toba ...

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  2. Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses

    A community of practice to promote campus mental health Pursuing post-secondary education isn’t a simple experience. This major life transition may mean leaving home, learning how to live with others, building new support networks and finding a place in t ...

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  3. Supporting Mental Health and Wellness

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    The topic of goals and grades often comes to mind when we think of school. Usually it’s the school that assigns the grades. But maybe it’s time the tables were turned. What if post-secondary institutions had to learn how to support the mental health and h ...

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  4. The BC Campus

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    for many people, “campus life” conjures up images of post-secondary students going wild with alcohol and other drugs. Some of these images come from students themselves, reliving—and perhaps embellishing—their campus escapades. Other images come from movi ...

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  5. Pressures of Student Life Demand Awareness and Support

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    Over the last 20 years or so, in BC and across Canada, colleges and universities have expanded their programs and have opened them to a wide variety of learners. This has been largely in response to today’s labour market, which demands more basic training ...

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  6. Beyond Cleaning Up Your Own Barf

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    Giving my head a shake: A couple of weeks ago a friend I met at my workplace returned from a trip with a small gift for me. She said the item reminded her of our work so much that she couldn’t resist buying it. She held out her hand to display a small, si ...

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  7. Are You Going Bananas?

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    In the fall of 2006, I encouraged two UBC nursing students (Natalie Rai and Shandell Susin) in my population health course to get involved with Beyond the Blues (BTB). BTB is a Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division campaign (see sidebar). ...

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  8. Shifting the Focus

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    It’s no secret that risky drinking by university students is a major concern for public health. According to the 2004 Canadian Campus Survey, 32% of undergraduates in Canada reported harmful patterns of drinking. 1 ...

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  9. “Hello, this is SFU Nightline…”

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    Answering calls for a crisis line is a rewarding, and often terrifying, experience. We joined Simon Fraser University’s after-hours telephone crisis line, Nightline, in 2005. The SFU crisis line is an entirely student-run organization. Volunteers provide ...

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  10. Editor's Message: Schools

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    Mental health problems among elementary and high school students are much more common than many British Columbians believe, and use of alcohol and other drugs by teenagers has its own misconceptions. No classroom is immune to these issues or their interwe ...

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