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  1. “Hello, this is SFU Nightline…”

    [Visions Article]

    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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  2. Visions- Schools

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    PDF | Vol. 5, No. 2 (2009) Mental health problems among elementary and high school students are much more common than many believe, and use of alcohol and other drugs by teenagers has its own misconceptions. No classroom is immune to these issues. Add to ...

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  3. Visions- First Responders for Young People

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    PDF | Vol. 3, No. 2 (2006) The common saying that "it takes a village to raise a child" rings true as this issue looks at first responders. Parents, school counsellor, teacher, police, firemen, friend, coaches and other members of our society mu ...

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  4. Visions- Campuses

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    PDF | Vol. 4, No. 3 (2008) This issue of Visions probes beyond the sunny surface of campus life to examine some of the underlying mental health and substance use issues facing post-secondary students, practitioners and administrators. Family members, stud ...

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. Rethinking Drug Education

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    It’s a familiar pattern. A story breaks in the media about some new drug being used by young people. Soon the buzz is about how this new drug is the most harmful and most addictive drug yet discovered. And then someone suggests that schools should solve t ...

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  10. Rethinking Drinking

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    It’s Monday morning and you have class first thing. You hit the snooze button on your alarm at least three times. When you’re finally up and walking, you can still feel the headache you had all weekend, the remnants of a bad hangover. As you slip into cla ...

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