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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.


Reprinted from "Supported Education" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, No. 17, p. 39

Articles and Reports

Best Practices for BC’s Mental Health Reform: Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery. Report and fact sheets available from CMHA BC Division.

Keys to Success: Strategies for Managing University Study with Psychiatric Disability. An excellent report produced by the Unabilities Project Steering Committee of Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of South Australia. Looks at strategies for managing various illnesses including eating disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and psychotic disorders. See uniability/keys.pdf

Students with mental illness in a university setting: Faculty and student attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and experiences. Becker, Martin, Wajeeh, Ward and Shern. (2002). Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 25(4), 359-368.

Transitioning and adapting to college: A case-study analysis of the experience of university students with psychiatric disabilities. Werner. (2001). Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 62 (3-A), 942.

The Michigan Supported Education Program. Mowbray. (2000). Psychiatric Services, 51(11), 1355-1357.

Outcomes of postsecondary supported education programs for people with psychiatric disabilities. Unger. (2000). Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 14(3), 195-199.

The benefits and challenges of supported education: A personal perspective. Mowbray. (1999). Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 22(3), 248-254.

Choose-get-keep: A psychiatric rehabilitation approach to supported education. Sullivan, Danley, Nicolellis, and MacDonald-Wilson. (1993). Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 17(1), 55-68.

Counseling culturally diverse students with eating disorders. Krentz and Arthur. (2001). Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 15(4), 7-27.

Web Sites – National Educational Association of Disabled Students site includes a comprehensive list of disability offices, as well as information on financial assistance, forming a student group, and history of the disabled rights movement. – the student group of the Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders in Alberta. The link also takes you to a list of mood disorder self-help groups across Canada. – non disability-focused, but a great starting point for investigating the range of degrees, programs, certificates and trades available for study in BC’s post-secondary institutions. – maintained and managed by the Canada Student Loans Program of HRDC, CanLearn Interactive is a planning guide for any student wanting to access postsecondary education in Canada. For disability information, check out the Accessibility section under the Planning tab. – supported education resources from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Mental Health Services Research Program. – the Oxford Student Mental Health Network. Information about and resources from this three-year project aimed at creating support for students with mental health problems and promoting mental health within the student population at large. – a comprehensive manual developed at Lancaster University, UK — “dedicated to the dissemination of good practice in supporting students with mental health difficulties.”

Resources from CMHA National's Higher Education Project (at

Higher Education for People with Mental Illness Report – examples of the supports and services accessible universities and colleges can provide to enable access for consumers.

National Government Financial Aid – valuable information on guidelines regarding national financial aid for students with psychiatric and other disabilities.

Learning Diversity – a report dealing with accommodations in colleges and universities for students with mental illness

The School Book – student/consumers describe in their own words the supports that have worked for them and the barriers that they still face.

How We See It – a brochure with advice from consumers on surviving post-secondary education that you can download, print and distribute at your school or self-help group.

Student Activists – a flyer for downloading and printing describing the issues facing student/consumers geared for other students.

Famous Students with Psychiatric Disabilities – an inspirational list of public figures who have identified themselves as consumers and succeeded in the academic world.

Resources for sale from the CMHA National project:

The Road to Empowerment – a useful booklet from York University’s Psychiatric Dis/Abilities Program, by Enid Weiner.

Ode to Learning – a 40-minute film written and produced by students, documenting a student’s struggle through mental illness.

More Funding Web Sites – this web site allows users to construct a student profile which is then used to provide information on Canadian and regional funding opportunities, including foreign students. There is no category in the database, however, for psychiatric disabilities. – BC Awards online is a database of scholarships and bursaries available to Grade 12 students entering post-secondary institutions.


This list is meant as a guide only and not meant to be exhaustive. While we have attempted to include helpful references, inclusion in this resource list does not necessarily reflect content endorsement by CMHA BC Division

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