Queen’s University’s commitment to healthy and sustainable workplaces, student experiences, and the development of a vibrant intellectual community is strengthened significantly through a commitment to enhancing mental health and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty.
Thrive is an important part of this commitment and is a key component of larger plans to enhance health and wellbeing at Queen’s.
Principal’s Commission on Mental Health
In November 2012, the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health submitted a report to Principal Daniel Woolf and the Queen’s community. The report was the result of a year-long process that was based on comprehensive input from students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, mental health professionals and community members who generously gave their time to share their knowledge, experience, insight and ideas.
The university continues to enact change based on the report’s 116 recommendations, framed within a four-level pyramidal framework for a mental health strategy for Queen’s:
promoting a healthy community
easing transitions and fostering resilience
encouraging help-seeking and helping behaviour
providing effective response, service and care
Thrive addresses the first three levels of this framework by helping to promote a healthy community at Queen’s through easing transitions and fostering resilience and providing educational opportunities and resources to encourage help-seeking and helping behaviours. Thrive raises awareness of the connection between mental health, wellbeing and academic success and provides links to services and resources that help build positive mental health.
The University’s Academic Plan
The university’s academic plan has four pillars, one of which is “Health, Wellness and the Community.”
Mental and physical health and wellness is critical to ensuring engagement in campus life and Thrive is recognized as an initiative that can provide education for our community on physical and mental issues that may affect them and their peers, plus giving them tools to help themselves and support each other.