Navi Mental Health Wayfinder

How We’re Working With You

In collaboration with our Student and Clinical Advisory Committees, the Steering Committee will finalize a strategic plan, defining the vision and research priorities of the Student Mental Health Research Initiative, in Spring 2021. 

Community consultation is the core of this project. Our team will facilitate an inclusive consultation process with various stakeholders, including students, post-doctoral fellows, clinicians, administrators, and faculty at all career stages. We will work with the UofT community in order to:

  1. define the formal vision of the research network 
  2. identify the research priorities of stakeholders related to student and youth mental health
  3. develop a model of sustained and meaningful engagement of stakeholder groups in the activities of the research network.

The Mental Health for Students & Youth Research Initiative will engage stakeholders in the proposal development in order to create ongoing opportunities for stakeholder partnerships within the research network. Our stakeholders include students, post-doctoral fellows, clinicians, administrators, and faculty at all career stages who are experts in student and youth mental health from across U of T and CAMH.

Our Definition of Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement is the involvement of those with firsthand or “lived” experience as equal contributing members in an initiative. In research, stakeholder engagement provides new insights into the needs, priorities, and interests of those who use and are affected by research outcomes. When led in partnership with stakeholders, research can be more valid, accurate, and credible.

Our Definition of Student Mental Health

In the context of this initiative, student and youth mental health is inclusive of mental wellness, mental illness and substance misuse. It encompasses the full length of a student’s journey — from transitions into post-secondary education to graduation — and the full range of student mental health experience— from community and individual well-being to clinical intervention, inside the classroom and out.

We recognize that there is no one student experience at U of T. U of T students vary widely in age, identity, ability, and background, and in their mental health experiences both on and off campus. In order to best understand and address student mental health challenges at U of T, we will engage a diverse student voice on all aspects of this initiative. We intend to work with students from programs and departments at all three UofT campuses and at both the graduate and undergraduate level.