Champs for Mental Health

Celebrating campus Champions for Mental Health

More than 40 Queen’s instructors, teaching assistants, and staff members are being recognized as 2024 Champions for Mental Health for creating supportive learning and campus environments. These champions have been nominated by students across faculties and schools, and in Student Affairs, for showing compassion, encouraging a sense of belonging, inspiring health-promoting behaviours, and promoting student mental wellbeing.

The program was developed by students in 2021, in response to student feedback and research calling for increased mental health promotion in academic spaces and campus environments. To date, the program has recognized more than 130 Champions for Mental Health.

The Champions of Mental Health in the Faculty of Arts and Science are:

Each champion is profiled on the university’s Campus Wellbeing website. The profiles include words from each student nominator about the positive impact the Champion has had on their mental health and wellbeing, as well as thoughts from the Champion themselves about how they approach supporting student mental health.

Thirteen instructors and staff members who were nominated this year, as well as in previous rounds of the program, are being honoured as recurring ‘Superstar’ Champions for Mental Health.  

Cathleen O’Brien (BHSc’25) has coordinated the program for the past two years, and previously gathered additional insights from Champions about their actions and approaches to promoting student mental health within educational settings. These insights include evidence-informed, low-barrier and high-impact strategies and resources to help educators support student mental health.  

“Working on this project has been refreshing. It’s been fascinating to learn about the everyday, accessible strategies that Champions use to support students daily. Their commitment to student wellbeing and their practical approaches to fostering a supportive environment are truly inspiring,” says O’Brien.

The Champions for Mental Health project advances the Queen's Campus Wellbeing Framework. The framework was developed to encourage and support an inclusive culture of wellbeing that inspires and enables all who live, learn, and work at Queen's to thrive.

The story was originally published in The Gazette