The goal of this session is to describe the work that iStudents for Mental Health (University of Toronto) have been doing by promoting student mental health and wellness, advocating for campus-wide student mental health supports, and pursuing education opportunities in Mental Health First Aid for our colleagues.
Attendees will learn the value that student leadership brings to these activities, with special attention paid to the skill set and perspective of iSchool and Library School students.
Attendees will learn about:
McKean’s Dual Continuum Model of Mental Health and Mental Illness;
the 5 Practices for Graduate Student Mental Health;
the roles that Library and Information students can play as interdisciplinary networkers and information gatekeepers in university-wide advocacy for student mental health supports;
the value of Mental Health First Aid training for early career librarians and information professionals.
Attendees will see that much of the work that the iStudents for Mental Health have been doing could be duplicated on other campuses.
Attendees will have the opportunity to brainstorm ways that they can promote, advocate, and educate for the betterment of student mental health on their campuses, and how they can encourage students to take leadership roles in these activities.