About the Inventory

Purpose & Process of the Inventory

This inventory is supplementary to the Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach. It expands Appendix C of the Guide into a process that is aimed to help you to assess strengths, areas of growth and identify potential campus-specific outcomes regarding student mental health. We suggest using this document in conjunction with the Guide, and recommend the following steps:

  1. Identify key stakeholders in each of the seven areas and invite them for a two to three-hour session.

  2. Include at least one student and one student leader with knowledge/expertise relating to each of the seven areas.

  3. Divide the large group into the seven smaller groups identified by the Guide. Make sure each group has at least one individual with expertise in that specific area. For example, Group One (Institutional Structure) ought to have at least one individual involved with organizational planning and policy, and Group Seven (Crisis Management) should have someone who directly deals with crisis management or has expertise in this area. The rest of the members could be from any area involved directly or indirectly with student mental health. The size of each group can vary from campus to campus. We recommend having at least three members in each of the seven groups.

  4. Provide each group a hard copy of the Guide and the inventory, marking their assigned area. The group may also complete the inventory digitally.

  5. Ask the group to identify one moderator, one note taker and one spokesperson.

  6. Allow sufficient time for each group to complete the items in their specific area.

  7. Larger Group Debrief: Each group presents their observations turn by turn.

  8. For each group, the assigned note taker’s role is to capture the summary of the document key points discussed in the larger group discussion.

  9. Collect each group’s papers and summarize the findings, identify key themes, and discuss potential achievable actions—all contributing to developing, refining, and implementing a Systemic Approach to Mental Health.

  10. Decide to repeat the process periodically to assess progress or incorporate emerging needs.

Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach was a collaborative initiative between Canadian Association of Colleges and Universities Student Services (CACUSS) & the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). This Inventory is devised from this Guide by Tayyab Rashid (University of Toronto Scarborough), as the co-chair of the Campus Mental Health, Community of Practice, a group of the CACUSS. Campus Mental Health is grateful to Su-Ting Teo, Cheryl Washburn, Ashley Humeniuk, Patricia Kostouros, Jonny Morris, Shaylyn Streatch, Ruth Louden and our members for providing insightful comments and feedback in drafting this inventory.

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