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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, students, counsellors and other campus professionals share insights into sources of student stress, substance use and the state of student mental health on various BC campuses. They also highlight outreach initiatives and innovative programs for students. You will also hear from students who struggled to make the grade, triumphed over adversity, and some of whom succeeded in creating change on their campus.


  • Editor’s Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Mental Health and Wellness: Does your school make the grade?
    (Jeff Thompson)

  • The BC Campus: Where futures begin? Or a site for risky substance use?
    (Tim Dyck and Nicole Pankratz)

  • Pressures of Student Life Demand Awareness and Support
    (Daniel Frankel)

  • When Being Yourself Makes You Sick: Special student groups at higher risk of mental illness
    (Megan Dumas) (online only)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Student Mental Health at Simon Fraser University
    (Pam Whiting)

  • Beyond Cleaning Up Your Own Barf
    (Kelli Hewins)

  • Graduating from Panic U
    Brittany Davis)

  • Kwantlen Counsellors: Encountering a new wave of student mental health difficulties
    (Wendy Belter)

  • When Expectations Crumble: A mother’s look at her son’s post-secondary experience

  • The Mind Shaft
    (Suzannah Kelly)

  • From Cutting to Creating Change on My Campus
    (Amanda Pierce)

  • An Unexpected Education—What I Really Learned in University
    (Tamsin Bosko) (online only)

  • Interview from
    (Pete Wentz) (online only)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Communities Practising Care: The BC Campus Project
    (Sarah Wiebe)

  • Dreaming Big: Envisioning a campus-wide suicide prevention strategy
    (Jonathan Morris and Jennifer White)

  • Accommodating Students with Ongoing Mental Health Issues: Lessons from York U’s Psychiatric Dis/Abilities Program
    (Enid Weiner)

  • Building Connections Beyond Undergrad: A unique support group for grad students
    (Jennifer Lund)

  • Alcohol: Dispelling misperceptions using the social norms approach
    (Maria Locacciato)

  • Let a Friend Help You Through Stress
    (Saman Khan) (online only)

Regional Programs

  • A Community Response to Student Mental Health at TRU
    (Megan Dumas and Cathy Tetarenko)

  • Are You Going Bananas?
    (Paula Tognazzini)

  • Shifting the Focus: Recruiting parents to help reduce harmful alcohol use
    (Paweena Sukhawathanakul and Bonnie Leadbeater)

  • “Hello, this is SFU Nightline...”: We’re here to listen!
    (Rohene Ishmail and Sonu Purhar)

  • Recovery From Psychosis is Expected
    (Rene Corbett) (online only)

  • Rethinking Drinking: TRU students develop a binge drinking toolkit
    (Sarah Harrison and Marcia Vergilio) (online only)


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