Canadian Association of College and University Services Campus Mental Health: Community of Practice

Campus Mental Health: Community of Practice is a joint initiative between the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

The Community of Practice has developed an interactive inventory website for use by colleges, institutes, and universities in Canada to self-evaluate and plan action to systematically supporting mental health on their campus.

Canadian Health Promoting Universities and Colleges Network

Initiated in 2016, the Canadian Health Promoting Universities and Colleges Network aims to engage higher education institutions to advance the health-promoting universities and colleges movement within Canada.

Centre for Campus Innovation in Mental Health

The Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health (CICMH) is a partnership project involving Colleges Ontariothe Council of Ontario Universitiesthe Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliancethe College Student Alliance and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. CICMH aims to help Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance their capacity to support student mental health and well-being. CICMH’s stakeholders include Ontario’s post-secondary mental health service providers and partners, specifically, student services, counselling, accessibility, health, faculty, administration, student leaders and community partners.

Center for Collegiate Mental Health

The Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) is a multidisciplinary, Practice-Research-Network (PRN) focused on providing information on the mental health of college students. CCMH connects practice, research, and technology to benefit students, mental health providers, administrators, researchers, and the public.

Through the collaborative efforts of over 550 college and university counselling centers and supportive organizations, CCMH has been able to build one of the largest databases on college student mental health. CCMH also actively develops clinical tools, reports, and research using this data.


FRAYME leads an international network that connects mental health, health and social services working with youth and young adults to accelerate the integration and implementation of youth care in Canada and around the world.

Healthy Campus Alberta

Healthy Campus Alberta is a community of practice (CoP) that serves to partner with campuses and stakeholders interested in postsecondary mental health and addiction from across the province of Alberta. Its vision is to “educate, collaborate and advocate to transform culture and create caring campus communities throughout the province of Alberta”. The Healthy Campus Alberta Community strives to create an inclusive, collaborative, and integrated approach to mental health and wellness.

Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses BC

Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses (HM|HC) is a province-wide community of practice (CoP) comprised of a group of people in British Columbia who share the common goal of promoting mental health and healthier relationships with alcohol and other psychoactive substances at post-secondary institutions. HM|HC stakeholders include students, campus professionals, faculty, administrators, and community partners. The HM|HC initiative is driven by CoP members and a strong focus on meaningful connections and knowledge exchange. HM|HC value local wisdom in combination with evidence-based practices and encourage innovation across the full matrix of action and research—including empowering people, providing services and supports, and modifying environmental structures and conditions.

In recognition of the complex, interrelated factors that influence mental health and the harms related to substance use HM|HC applies a socioecological lens that identifies multiple strategies at multiple levels. With this wider lens, HM|HC has gone from a focus on individuals, illnesses, and problems to a focus on settings, contexts, and health promotion.

Healthy Minds Network

Based at the University of Michigan and Boston University, The Healthy Minds Network for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health (HMN) is led by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from public health, education, medicine, psychology, and information sciences, many of whom are affiliated with the University’s Comprehensive Depression Center. HMN  aims to improve the mental and emotional well-being of young people through innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship. HMN addresses the connection between the mental health of adolescents and young adults and their health behaviours, physical health, and social, educational, and economic outcomes. Through an array of research projects, the network serves as a resource for secondary and higher education administrators, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public.

Higher Education Mental Health Alliance

The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) is a partnership providing leadership to advance college student mental health.

HEMHA affirms that the issue of college student mental health is central to student success, and therefore is the responsibility of higher education. Accordingly, HEMHA provides leadership to consider college student mental health issues at a strategic level, identify and share mental health resources, promote full community engagement in the mental health continuum of care, advocate for improvements in college student mental health, develop and disseminate resources and guides and to endorse evidence-based best practices

JED Foundation

JED Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to protect emotional health and prevent suicide in teens and young adults by partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. JED Foundation equips teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other.

Network for Improvement and Innovation in College Mental Health

The Network for Improvement and Innovation in College Mental health (NIICH) aims to catalyze a collective of diverse individuals, institutions of higher education, and entities working together in pursuit of the best overall health for college students through innovation and quality improvement.

NIICH is a learning network for facilitating testing of new approaches to achieving better results, co-creation of innovations, and rapid spread of key learnings. The network offers a range of engaging resources and educational activities focused on: quality improvement methods; using data and measurement to drive improvement efforts; and effective approaches to leading teams, overcoming barriers, and facilitating change.

Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health’s primary work is to: Deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.

Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms

The Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) is comprised of a group of universities and colleges from across Canada, partnered with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and Universities Canada.

PEP-AH is a network of campuses that have their own capacity for researching and fully understanding the drinking culture on campus, as well as the best practices to reduce harms. PEP-AH’s evidence-based framework guides members through a range of activities that, when undertaken simultaneously and continuously, work towards one goal: to reduce alcohol harms on campus.

Resilience Consortium

The Resilience Consortium is an association of faculty, professionals, and students in higher education, and includes representatives of learning services, counselling services, advising programs, academic departments, bridge programs, etc., who are interested in understanding and promoting student resilience.