To better understand what our uOttawa community needs, where service gaps exist and how to build on our current wellness initiatives, we have held several important listening and learning exercises, and produced two reports.
Understanding our needs
Understanding our needs
Roadmap to Wellness at uOttawa
The Roadmap to Wellness at uOttawa report was developed by the Campus Action Group in January 2020. It contains concrete recommendations on creating a campus culture focused on the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff.
President’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Wellness
The final report of the President’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Wellness was developed by the committee in December 2020. It outlines actionable recommendations concerning mobilization, training and strengthening supports and services.
Wellness check surveys and “listening tour”
The physical and psychological wellbeing of our staff is vital. That’s why we conducted two wellness check surveys in 2020–2021. In June 2021, we conducted a “listening tour” to dig deeper into the results of the second wellness check survey.
Accessing mental health resources
“Promoting wellness is as vital to our educational mission as are books and classrooms.”
— President and Vice-Chancellor
Through a comprehensive approach to mental health, we’re working to ensure our community thrives and succeeds. Over the past several years, we’ve taken specific measures to bring additional mental health resources to the University. Here are some examples.
- We’re promoting mental health and wellness throughout our community and beyond. We’ve signed the Okanagan Charter on health promotion at postsecondary institutions.
- We’ve appointed a new university adviser on mental health and wellness, Professor Elizabeth Kristjansson, who is helping to implement several positive initiatives for students, faculty and staff. She has set up a governance structure for mental health with a steering committee, advisory committee and 10 working groups.
- We’ve appointed evening counsellors and implemented a new case management model to better serve students with complex needs.
- We’ve hired two racialized counsellors to better serve the needs of racialized members of our community, who face intercultural, interracial and intersectional challenges.
- We’ve received Canada Awards for Excellence® (CAE) Silver certification in Mental Health at Work! for employeesfrom Excellence Canadaand will continue to improve our practices to become a leader for our community.