3. Mental Health and Well-being Strategies: Addressing the Whole Student [APAIE Pre-Conference Workshop 1C]

Date: Mar 22, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hosted By: APAIE 2020
Location: Meeting Room 16, Vancouver Convention Centre
City: Vancouver, BC
Cost: USD 100


This workshop is a pre-conference workshop as part of the APAIE 2020 conference. Attendees do not need to attend the conference to take part. Interested in furthering your learnings? Registration is still open for this year’s conference!

Learning objectives

Our workshop will engage participants in exploring some of the issues facing non-clinical support services and departments; and use contemporary health promotion practices, mental health frameworks, and real-life examples to:
– Understand the difference between illness, resilience and flourishing to identify opportunities through a strengths-based approach;
– Identify opportunities for collaboration with others on campus that may be missed focusing solely on illness;- Understand what support and collaboration to expect from clinical units, for those that have them;
– Navigating confidentiality;
– Use a variety of perspectives to create more holistic supports leveraging the whole campus.

These topics will be framed interactively using:
– Mental illness and Flourishing model
– The Okanagan Charter : An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges – A tool to garner senior admin support
– Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach
– Simon Fraser University Healthy Campus Community Initiative and the Areas of Action – a settings approach
– A holistic and non-clinical Mental Well-being Framework – A tool to understand opportunities through the lenses of:
1. Settings/Environments,
2. Services/Supports,
3. and Education/Stigma Reduction.


Health and Well-being directly contributes to student success. Across campuses around the world, students are reporting the poor mental health as a major stress negatively impacting this success. Non-clinical support services experience this stress as well.

Institutions respond to these issues with a focus on clinical services and supports, as poor mental health is often seen as an illness and clinical issue. Connecting the student to these clinical resources is sometimes too late and can feel uncollaborative and like a black-box of confidentiality.

Adding additional clinical supports may very well be necessary; however, this alone is a reactive, tactical response to an issue that requires a proactive, strategic and whole campus solution. Leveraging resources and initiatives from across the institution can be an effective way to ensure that well-being is holistically addressed, with an appropriate international lens.


Karin Kosarzova, Canada | Manager, International Student Advising And Programs, Simon Fraser University

Karin is Manager of International Student Advising and Programs at Simon Fraser University. In continuing to focus on improving students experience, in Fall 2013 Karin designed and launched a Graduate International Mentorship Program. In Fall 2019, Karin began her PhD in Education with focus to further improve supports for students.

Martin Mroz, Canada | Director, Health & Counselling Services, Simon Fraser University

Martin is the Director of Health & Counselling Services (HCS) for Simon Fraser University where his mandate includes health and counselling services, health promotion, and mental health strategies, primarily with a focus on students. HCS leads The Healthy Campus Community initiative; strategically fostering settings that positively influences well-being and belonging.

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