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Educators and staff honoured as campus Champions for Mental Health

Queen’s University’s Student Mental Health Network is celebrating a second round of Champions for Mental Health – educators and staff members who create supportive environments on campus and in teaching environments by showing compassion, encouraging a sense of belonging, inspiring health-promoting behaviours, and supporting all aspects of student mental well-being.

More than 30 Queen’s educators and staff members, nominated by students as Campus Mental Health Champions, are profiled on the Campus Wellbeing Project’s website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

The student-led initiative was developed in response to both student feedback and research calling for increased mental health promotion in academics and campus environments.

The Champions for Mental Health webpage includes words from each student nominator about the positive impact the Champion has had on student health and well-being, as well as thoughts from the Champion themselves about supporting student mental health.

In addition, four faculty members who were nominated by students as Champions in both the Winter and Spring 2022 rounds are being honoured as Superstar Champions for Mental Health.

They are:

  • Laurie Gedcke-Kerr - Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Kate Rowbotham - Professor, Smith School of Business
  • Kyla Tienhaara - Professor, Environmental Studies
  • Dan Vena - Professor, Film & Media

The Champions for Mental Health project supports the Queen's Campus Wellbeing Framework. The framework's goal is to encourage and support an inclusive culture of well-being that inspires and enables all who live, learn, and work at Queen's to thrive.