Inquiring Mind program promotes mental health at Keyano

Posted On Tuesday January 14, 2020
Student athletes were among those who took the program.

More than 125 Keyano College students recently completed The Inquiring Mind, a Mental Health Commission of Canada program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce stigma of mental illness in an educational setting.
Students who took the evidence-based program included 86 student athletes, 27 educational assistant students, and 25 LINC (Language Instruction for New Canadians) students. 
The goals of the three hour training included to:

  • reduce stigma and negative attitude towards those struggling with poor mental health
  • help participants maintain mental health and improve resilience and coping strategies
  • teach participants about the mental Health Continuum Model
  • foster a supportive campus community

“This program really helped me it made me feel calm and good because I have learned and practiced all strategies I learned, like positive self-talk, calming and deep breathing, and smart goals,” noted one participant.
The program also teaches about creating a supportive campus and how to support others who may be experiencing poor mental health.
“This program will be relevant to me because I went through a rough time during my first semester of this school year. I have learned that I am not the only one that went through that struggle and that there are ways to cope,” noted another student participant.
The Inquiring Mind Post-Secondary program was created with the input of students as well as faculty and staff, from the University of Calgary, with mental health-related expertise and was offered at Keyano through its Wellness Services department.

Notable facts
• 77% of college and university students indicated that they would consider seeking help in the future from a mental health professional for a personal problem in 2016.
• Mental illness is associated with student drop out, isolation, increased substance use, poor sleep quality, less exercise, poor eating habits and self-harm.
• General trends indicate that the number of university students experiencing mental health problems as well as the severity and complexity of the case being presented is increasing.
• The overall stress of being a university student, juggling multiple demands in association with an academic schedule, social life, and extracurricular activities, may put a student in a vulnerable position.