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Call for Student Advisory Committee Applications: Mental Health for Students & Youth Research Initiative

Who is this for?

To apply to be on the Mental Health for Students & Youth Research Initiative Student Advisory Committee, you must be a current student in good academic standing at the University of Toronto (U of T). You must fall under one of the following roles at U of T.

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate Student
     

Other U of T community members interested in contributing to this project should join our Research Initiative on Mental Health for Students & Youth at U of T Mailing List to learn about upcoming opportunities for engagement.

What do I need before I can begin?

To apply to serve on the Student Advisory Committee you will need to complete the form (link below in Eligibility Requirements section), including a brief description of your experience in the area of student and/or youth mental health and/or research.

Overview

In January 2020 the University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health released its final report. The administrative response to this report included an outline for a new partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) that consists of four integrated elements: (1) a redesign of campus-based services; (2) integrated care pathways between campus-based services and CAMH (and other Toronto hospitals); (3) enhanced clinical education programs on student mental health for trainees; and (4) a research initiative on youth and student mental health.

Three projects address these four elements:

  • The clinical review project addresses elements 1 and 2
  • The education project addresses element 3
  • The research project, led by Dr. Kristin Cleverley and which relates to this call, addresses element 4
     

This Call for Applications seeks a minimum of six students representing each of the three U of T campuses at any level of study, who are experts in youth and/or student mental health to join the Student Advisory Committee. This advisory committee will support the development of a network focused on research-informed, evidence-based solutions to the challenges identified by U of T’s Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health.

Member Responsibilities

The Mental Health for Students & Youth Research Initiative Steering Committee will work in partnership with the Student & Clinical Advisory Committees to facilitate an inclusive consultation process with various stakeholders (including students, post-doctoral fellows, clinicians, administrators, and faculty at all career stages) on the following goals.

  • Define the formal vision of the research network
  • Secure broad support from CAMH and all three U of T campuses.
     

The selected Student Advisory Committee members will lend their expertise to achieve the following objectives.

  • Develop a centralized model for ongoing student engagement in student mental health research across U of T that ensures diversity, accountability, sustainability, appropriate recognition and authentic engagement;
  • Assist with the activities of the Steering Committee
  • Support the engagement of the broader student body, with particular attention to engaging with students from programs and departments at all three U of T campuses and at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
     

Advisory members are responsible for participating in all Student Advisory Committee meetings, reviewing key documents, and providing their expertise to community engagement activities. Members may expect to spend a minimum of three hours a month over the course of their term on activities related to this Research Initiative. Members will be compensated for their time through an honorarium.

The Student Advisory Committee will work with the Research Initiative Chair to establish a communication plan to ensure timely and considerate engagement of the Student Advisory Committee over the course of developing the network.

Eligibility Requirements

Student Advisory Committee members are current students (graduate or undergraduate) in good academic standing who have a demonstrated track record of personal, academic, volunteer, or professional expertise in student and youth mental health and/or research.
 

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted via this online form by January 11, 2021.

Note: With their permission, applicants not selected for the Student Advisory Committee will be added to a priority contact list for future engagement opportunities of this initiative. Any interested community member may also join the mailing list to receive updates on these opportunities.

Contact for Applications

If you have questions about the Mental Health for Students & Youth Research Initiative Student Advisory Committee or support with accessing the application, please contact the Engagement Lead, Emma, at studentmh.research@utoronto.ca

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Céline Bauwens

Institutional Strategic Initiatives Officer
Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI)
(416) 864-3890

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