About Us

Community of Practice

Healthy Campus Saskatchewan (HCSK) is a Community of Practice that includes 19 post-secondary institutions and 2 community organizations across the province. This group was born out of a desire to collaborate to support the health and wellbeing of students enrolled in post-secondary education programs.

Our vision is to create healthy, resilient campus communities where students feel safe, supported, and have the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to achieve their personal, academic, and future career goals.

HCSK is passionate about student health and wellbeing and is using this provincial platform to:

  • Share information and resources
  • Build relationships and innovative partnerships to align strategies
  • Improve collaboration and problem-solving between campuses
  • Celebrate successes and overcome challenges
  • Use resources efficiently and effectively to achieve maximum impact on measurable goals

JOIN US

Join our community of practice forum to access resources and information, learn from others, share your knowledge, and contribute to the community. Send an email to bev@hcsk.ca and she will forward you an email invitation to join.

About Us

Community of Practice

Healthy Campus Saskatchewan (HCSK) is a Community of Practice that includes 19 post-secondary institutions and 2 community organizations across the province. This group was born out of a desire to collaborate to support the health and wellbeing of students enrolled in post-secondary education programs.

Our vision is to create healthy, resilient campus communities where students feel safe, supported, and have the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to achieve their personal, academic, and future career goals.

HCSK is passionate about student health and wellbeing and is using this provincial platform to:

  • Share information and resources
  • Build relationships and innovative partnerships to align strategies
  • Improve collaboration and problem-solving between campuses
  • Celebrate successes and overcome challenges
  • Use resources efficiently and effectively to achieve maximum impact on measurable goals

Join Us

Join our community of practice forum to access resources and information, learn from others, share your knowledge, and contribute to the community. Send an email to bev@hcsk.ca and she will forward you an email invitation to join.

Our Work

Strategic Priorities

Data-Driven Collaboration

Healthy Campus Saskatchewan is leading the provincial deployment of the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS). As of June 2021, 17 of our 19 post-secondary institutions have completed the survey with their students. Researchers and data analysts at the University of British Columbia are currently cleaning the data. They will return the results to institutions as soon as possible and will join us in a virtual meeting sometime in July (date to be determined). This meeting will provide us with the collective survey results and we will have a community discussion regarding how we can use the data to inform strategic planning provincially, regionally, and locally.

Community Engagement

Advancing post-secondary student health and wellbeing will be enhanced by reaching out to each other and the broader community. We actively seek partnerships with organizations that share our vision for healthy and resilient campus communities. Through our online Community of Practice forum to our outreach efforts to the broader community, we support collaboration, innovation, and co-creation in the post-secondary education sector.

Health Education, Training, and Awareness

Bringing attention to and advocating for post-secondary mental health and wellbeing is core to our mission as a Community of Practice. Through social media, awareness campaigns, Peer Health Outreach Networks, mental health training, discussion forums, and online education opportunities, HCSK will promote and advance student wellness in post-secondary institutions across the province.

“Since our College does not have in-house crisis counselling or a student
wellness centre, this program helps us fill the gap between student health needs and students accessing other community supports”.
Staff member, Parkland College

Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

Canadian Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group, has developed a set of voluntary standards that post-secondary institutions can use to measure how they are doing in terms of student mental health. Work toward meeting the Standard will influence, shape, and set benchmarks for post-secondary institutions to create healthy and safe environments for students.

The Standard was developed with input from experts, scoping research, and cross-country dialogue with students, administrators, health agencies, governments, and people with lived experience of mental illness. This work was funded by Bell Let’s Talk and the Standard is the first of its kind in the world.

Healthy Campus Saskatchewan will work to support our Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions, if they are interested, to adopt and meet the Standards.

Summary of the Scoping Review of current literature related to post-secondary student mental health
Download your copy of the Standard
Download a copy of the Starter Kit that will help you begin

We are currently hosting some webinars (see Upcoming Events) about getting started with the Standard.

Our Work

Strategic Priorities

Data-Driven Collaboration

Healthy Campus Saskatchewan is leading the provincial deployment of the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS). As of June 2021, 17 of our 19 post-secondary institutions have completed the survey with their students. Researchers and data analysts at the University of British Columbia are currently cleaning the data. They will return the results to institutions as soon as possible and will join us in a virtual meeting sometime in July (date to be determined). This meeting will provide us with the collective survey results and we will have a community discussion regarding how we can use the data to inform strategic planning provincially, regionally, and locally.

Community Engagement

Advancing post-secondary student health and wellbeing will be enhanced by reaching out to each other and the broader community. We actively seek partnerships with organizations that share our vision for healthy and resilient campus communities. Through our online Community of Practice forum to our outreach efforts to the broader community, we support collaboration, innovation, and co-creation in the post-secondary education sector.

Health Education, Training, and Awareness

Bringing attention to and advocating for post-secondary mental health and wellbeing is core to our mission as a Community of Practice. Through social media, awareness campaigns, Peer Health Outreach Networks, mental health training, discussion forums, and online education opportunities, HCSK will promote and advance student wellness in post-secondary institutions across the province.

“Since our College does not have in-house crisis counselling or a student
wellness centre, this program helps us fill the gap between student health needs and students accessing other community supports”.
Staff member, Parkland College

Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

Canadian Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group, has developed a set of voluntary standards that post-secondary institutions can use to measure how they are doing in terms of student mental health. Work toward meeting the Standard will influence, shape, and set benchmarks for post-secondary institutions to create healthy and safe environments for students.

The Standard was developed with input from experts, scoping research, and cross-country dialogue with students, administrators, health agencies, governments, and people with lived experience of mental illness. This work was funded by Bell Let’s Talk and the Standard is the first of its kind in the world.

Healthy Campus Saskatchewan will work to support our Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions, if they are interested, to adopt and meet the Standards.

Summary of the Scoping Review of current literature related to post-secondary student mental health
Download your copy of the Standard
Download a copy of the Starter Kit that will help you begin

We are currently hosting some webinars (see Upcoming Events) about getting started with the Standard.

Upcoming Events

June 11, 2021 in Event

Environmental Scan of Campus Strengths and Assets Related to Student Mental Health and the Canadian Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

July 29, 2021 | 11:00-12:00

Help us celebrate our students’ contributions to HCSK and say farewell to them.

Read More

Upcoming Events

June 11, 2021 in Event

Environmental Scan of Campus Strengths and Assets Related to Student Mental Health and the Canadian Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

July 29, 2021 | 11:00-12:00

Help us celebrate our students’ contributions to HCSK and say farewell to them.

Read More

Our Partners

Working together to advance post-secondary student health and wellbeing in Saskatchewan.

Working together to advance post-secondary student health and wellbeing in Saskatchewan.

Post-Secondary Institution Partners

Community Partners

Post-Secondary Institution Partners

Community Partners

Our Staff

Strategic and Operational Lead

Bev Drew
Strategic and Operational Lead

Bev is passionate about mental health and wellbeing. She is committed to leading an organization that supports Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions to provide learning communities where students can thrive.

Bev has a B.A.Sc. in Family and Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and an M.Sc. in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Bev loves to be creative in work projects and in her spare time. She is a potter and a quilter. She loves spending time with friends and family, especially her two granddaughters.

Peer Health Outreach Coordinator

Rose Wu
Peer Health Outreach Coordinator

Rose’s role is to contact our partner post-secondary institutions and help them to establish their own Peer Health Programs.

Rose is a Chinese Canadian who has lived in Saskatoon for 14 years. She holds a B.A. Honours in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. During her time at the U of S, she was active in various student groups. She served as the Vice President of Student Affairs with the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union in the 2018-2019 term.

She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association. During her spare time, she volunteers as a Crisis Responder with Kids Help Phone and enjoys baking and walking along the river.

Our Practicum Students

Aranee Mahendiran

Aranee Mahendiran

Aranee completed a BHSc at the University of Western Ontario in 2020. During her time at Western, she assisted with research on national identity, belonging, and stereotypes. She is passionate about improving population health and addressing health inequities faced by marginalized populations.

Aranee loves staying active and reading. She is a painter and baker and enjoys spending time with her two sisters and her friends.

Aranee will be completing an environmental scan of each of our campus communities, highlighting their strengths and assets related to student mental health. She will begin by gathering information from campus websites and then interview some staff and instructors for more details.

Daniyal Azam

Daniyal Azam

Daniel is a first-year MPH student at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Alberta. He is excited to be completing his practicum with Healthy Campus Saskatchewan and learning as much as he can from his experience while also being able to leave a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing for post-secondary students.

In his spare time, Daniyal enjoys reading, playing tennis, and having outdoor adventures.

Daniyal will be breaking down the Canadian Standards for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students into bite-size pieces and developing resources that will support our campuses to adopt the Standards and work toward meeting them.

Our Staff

Strategic and Operational Lead

Bev Drew
Strategic and Operational Lead

Bev is passionate about mental health and wellbeing. She is committed to leading an organization that supports Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions to provide learning communities where students can thrive.

Bev has a B.A.Sc. in Family and Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and an M.Sc. in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Bev loves to be creative in work projects and in her spare time. She is a potter and a quilter. She loves spending time with friends and family, especially her two granddaughters.

Peer Health Outreach Coordinator

Rose Wu
Peer Health Outreach Coordinator

Rose’s role is to contact our partner post-secondary institutions and help them to establish their own Peer Health Programs.

Rose is a Chinese Canadian who has lived in Saskatoon for 14 years. She holds a B.A. Honours in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. During her time at the U of S, she was active in various student groups. She served as the Vice President of Student Affairs with the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union in the 2018-2019 term.

She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association. During her spare time, she volunteers as a Crisis Responder with Kids Help Phone and enjoys baking and walking along the river.

Our Practicum Students

Aranee Mahendiran

Aranee Mahendiran

Aranee completed a BHSc at the University of Western Ontario in 2020. During her time at Western, she assisted with research on national identity, belonging, and stereotypes. She is passionate about improving population health and addressing health inequities faced by marginalized populations.

Aranee loves staying active and reading. She is a painter and baker and enjoys spending time with her two sisters and her friends.

Aranee will be completing an environmental scan of each of our campus communities, highlighting their strengths and assets related to student mental health. She will begin by gathering information from campus websites and then interview some staff and instructors for more details.

Daniyal Azam

Daniyal Azam

Daniel is a first-year MPH student at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Alberta. He is excited to be completing his practicum with Healthy Campus Saskatchewan and learning as much as he can from his experience while also being able to leave a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing for post-secondary students.

In his spare time, Daniyal enjoys reading, playing tennis, and having outdoor adventures.

Daniyal will be breaking down the Canadian Standards for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students into bite-size pieces and developing resources that will support our campuses to adopt the Standards and work toward meeting them.