Welcome to the Mental Health Awareness Program
We are pleased to provide you with the University of Guelph's online mental health awareness program. This program includes six sections which include many resources that will assist you with increasing your awareness of Mental Health. We encourage you to review the contents of this program and then progress to testing your knowledge.
This program is an attempt of the university to face the growing challenge of mental health issues experienced by students/by helping the university community identify students-at-risk and to recognize the differences between mental health and mental ill-health. The contents of the module will be helpful to all staff members regardless of their employment status. The program reviews the most relevant mental health issues that students experience (depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis and suicide) and offers a model of intervention based on support and referral using university and community resources that is integrated with the University’s crisis intervention plan.
Many factors related to functioning, thought processes and emotional expression must be considered to reach a diagnosis of mental illness. Regardless of the severity of the symptoms, an individual must be considered with respect and compassion. This website will provide a description of four specific areas of mental illness and describe the symptoms that are associated with each. In addition, the issue of suicide is covered in some depth. This information is provided to give staff a background to mental health issues and not to be used to assess or diagnose mental illness.
If you should require any assistance or if you have any questions, please contact us.