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Enhancing the potential of people with a mental illness to pursue educational opportunities is a focus for CMHA. According to Statistics Canada, teenagers and young adults aged 15-24 experience the highest incidence of mental disorders of any age group in Canada. The school environment poses distinct challenges, but research and experience has showed that with understanding and co-operation on the part of administrators, teachers, parents and students, a young person’s education does not have to be derailed by a mental illness or mental health problem.
In this section, you will find information and resources for students, parents, teachers and counsellors that provide insight, tips and suggestions for helping young people to cope with mental illness and enjoy success in school and in life.

A Guide to College and University for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

Your Education Your FutureAttending college or university opens up an exciting world of possibilities. It can also be pretty challenging. But if you’re living with a mental illness, you’ve faced challenges before. This resource is designed to make your transition to college or university just a little bit easier. It takes you through all the steps of going to school, providing information and tips for anyone living with a mental illness.

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Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide

Mental Health and High School CurriculumSchool-aged youth are a vulnerable population. They are in a period their lives that is crucial in their mental health development. Canadian youth spend more time in school than anywhere else outside the home. Schools are often challenged to deal with youth mental health, but are seriously under equipped and inadequately supported to handle this responsibility.

The curriculum guide provides a complete set of educational tools to increase understanding of mental health and mental disorders among both students and teachers.

For more information and additional resources, or to download the guide, visit