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A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.

Campuses Resouces

Reprinted from "Campuses" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (3), p. 36

For Practitioners

Online Resources

  • BC Partners Campus Project. By the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, led by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division. A project to bring together practitioners who care about campus mental health and substance use in BC. Includes links to research as well as a recent report from a bringing together of BC campuses in February 2008.

  • Substance Information Link. By the Centre for Addictions Research of BC. Although not higher education specific, a great BC/Canadian-based resource of research. Great evidence-based fact sheets on alcohol and other drugs if you click on the ‘Infosheets’ collection.

  • Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-Being. By the Scottish Government. Information and guidance for practitioners on promoting and supporting student mental health and well-being.

  • The Mental Health of Students in Higher Education. Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), 2003. A policy report featuring background, conclusions and recommendations around practice and policy.

  • Student Mental Health Planning, Guidance and Training Manual. A manual on how to develop mental health policies, train staff, raise awareness, and support students with mental health problems.

  • College Drinking—Changing the Culture. A US-government resource centre on alcohol related research, policies, interactive tools, and a listserv.

  • Higher Education Center for Alcohol and other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention—Another US-government resource centre with a broader focus than alcohol. Click on the Publications part of the star icon.


  • College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About it. Kadison, R. (2005). Publisher: Jossey-Bass.

  • Dying to Drink: Confronting Binge Drinking on College Campuses. Wechsler, H. (2002). Publisher: Rodale. A book whose findings are drawn from the recent Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Studies.

  • College Mental Health Practice. Grayson, P. & Meilman, P.W. (eds). (2006). Publisher: Brunner-Routledge.


For Students

  • By the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Find quality information on mental health, mental illness, and substance use. Learn self-help skills and connect with others through this site.

  • Your Education, Your Future. From the Canadian Mental Health Association. This guide helps students with a mental illness face the challenges of post-secondary education.

  • Youth in BC. If you’re stressed, depressed, or struggling, use a live online chat to talk to a trained volunteer from 2pm–midnight, 7 days a week. You can also email [email protected] or make a free, 24/7 call to 1-866-661-3311.

  • ‘How to Cope…’ booklets. Mind, a UK mental health charity, has two great booklets for post-secondary students: ‘How to Cope with the Stress of Student Life’ and ‘How to Cope with Exam Stress.’ and go to ‘S’ for ‘Students’


This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of resources


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