The Student Mental Health Strategy was created to improve and promote student mental health through various initiatives, support prevention and early intervention efforts, and work towards the continued enhancement of existing mental health services. From its first conception, student voices have been an integral part of the creation and implementation of the Strategy. To encourage the continued contribution of students, staff, and faculty in this process, an annual fund of $24,000 has been created for projects and initiatives that support the Strategy. In line with the Strategy’s goal of fostering communities of caring, collaborations are valued and encouraged.
Applications to the University of Windsor Student Mental Health Strategy Fund are always open to interested students, faculty, and staff. There are two application terms each year. Applications must be submitted yearly by October 1st to be considered for the first application term and February 1st for the second application term. All applications submitted since the previous deadline will be examined and the selected applicants will be contacted four weeks following the deadline. In addition to financial support, applicants can be provided with potential collaboration opportunities with campus partners and supports from the Wellness Outreach Office.
To assist in the preparation of your application, view a pdf of the application questions here. The Student Mental Health Strategy Fund Committee evaluates applications based upon on six criteria, view the evaluative rubric here. All applications must be submitted through the online platform to be considered for funding from the Student Mental Health Strategy Fund.
Funding Granted in Fall 2019 Application Term
Proposal: Counsellors of the Student Counselling Centre will be provided with training to improve service quality and delivery. Specifically, training will address three key areas: 1) Additional ways of providing mental health services that allow improved access and align with the stepped-care model 2) Improve the cultural competency of clinical staff 3) Add to clinical skills with training in at least one new evidenced based therapeutic modality.
Funding Granted: $6,200
Impact: Proposal directly impacts student counselling centre staff which will further impact the UWindsor student body by ensuring rapid access, culturally appropriate, and effective mental health treatments are made available to students accessing services through the Student Counselling Centre.
Applicants: Dr. Mohsan Beg, Executive Director (Student Health, Counselling, and Wellness Services)
Proposal: The Wellness Outreach Office will be using the funds to supplement the wages of a student employee to assist the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator in the promotion and implementation of programs and initiatives that support mental health on campus. Under the guidance of the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator, this position works to coordinate outreach and prevention efforts, maintain and distribute resources, improve mental health literacy, and assist in the development of cross campus collaboration.
Funding Granted: $5,000
Impact: Proposal impacts are campus-wide encompassing all 16,000 students (part-time, full-time and distance education), faculty, staff, parents and community partners through the office programming, outreach and prevention, support in recruitment and retention, as well as proper information for services, resources and appropriate steps in response to crisis situations.
Applicants: Ashley Vodarek, Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator, and Dr. Mohsan Beg, Executive Director (Student Health, Counselling, and Wellness Services)
Proposal: The University of Windsor Jack.org chapter will be holding a summit in March to increase mental health awareness in the community as well as teach high school students about mental health to build resilience and advocacy skills through presentations and workshops.
Funding Granted: $1,500
Impact: Proposal directly impacts 100-250 high school students to build resilience and advocacy skills which will further impact their current high schools and future post-secondary institutions.
Applicants: Lauren Renaud and Alyssa Lauzon (Jack.org UWindsor)
Proposal: The Behaviour Cognitive and Neuroscience Student Association will be hosting an event to provide their students with an opportunity to de-stress and learn about the biological component of mental health. Students can engage in guided meditation and relaxing activities and will be provided with mental health resources as well as self-care and study tips.
Funding Granted: $200
Impact: Proposal impacts behaviour cognitive neuroscience students.
Applicants: Katarina Kolobaric and Rachel Huggard (Behaviour Cognition and Neuroscience Student Association)
Funding Granted in Winter 2020 Application Term
Proposal: The Faculty of Engineering has purchased and trained a hypoallergenic therapy dog named Winnie. The therapy dog will assist in therapy sessions with their embedded counsellor, Giselle St. Louis, and provide a calming presence to the students within the Faculty of Engineering to assist with their wellness outside of therapy as well.
Funding Granted: $5,000
Impact: Proposal has direct impact on students with whom the therapy dog interacts with further indirect impact on the campus and larger community by helping destigmatize mental health services and increase mental health awareness.
Applicants: Giselle St. Louis and Katie Maccuza (Faculty of Engineering)
Proposal: A Collegiate Recovery Program at the University of Windsor, started by Dr. Onawa Labelle, Tara Lecker and campus supporters, will provide students in recovery with peer-support, campus engagement, accountability, and the opportunity to participate in weekly meeting and monthly social activities without alcohol.
Funding Granted: $3,660
Impact: Proposal has a direct impact on students within the recovery program and further indirect impact on the campus community to destigmatize recovery and offer social opportunities without alcohol. Further supporting a campus need for recovery-based programming.
Applicants: Dr. Onawa Labelle (Department of Psychology) and Tara Lecker (School of Social Work)
Proposal: Funds will be used to subsidize an initiative to offer a Muslim Chaplaincy that provides counselling via culturally-competent pastoral care, bi-monthly educational workshops, weekly discussion circles, and a video campaign to reduce stigma for accessing mental health supports.
Funding Granted: $3,240
Impact: Proposal will directly impact 960 students through counselling and events with further indirect impact on the campus and larger community via the anti-stigma campaign.
Applicants: Lina Chaker and Yousef Aly
Proposal: Residence Services will be hosting female-centred programming in the residence buildings to provide an empowering and supportive environment for female students to discuss relevant issues and engage in wellness activities while increasing knowledge of available resources.
Funding Granted: $1,500
Impact: Proposal will directly impact over 100 students in residence.
Applicants: Makayla Soares and Victoria Wert (Residence Services)
Proposal: The Science Society will utilize the funds to enhance their weekly Wellness Wednesday event during exams. Their event will provide students with the opportunity to de-stress through wellness activities, enjoy free food, and learn about available mental health supports.
Funding Granted: $600
Impact: Proposal will directly impact over 150 science students.
Applicants: Lauren Renaud and Khushali Parikh (Science Society)