Minding the mental health of today’s students – tomorrow’s work force

As the importance of addressing psychological health at work gains traction – through efforts like the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) – it follows that protecting and promoting the mental wellness of tomorrow’s work force is equally crucial. Reorienting the culture of post-secondary institutions to better equip students to thrive, both academically and personally, is integral to growing a resilient and productive work force. In fact, many of the young people studying at colleges and universities across the country are already actively engaged in work-study programs – making them drivers of the Canadian economy. Eighty per cent of employers say that co-op and internship students are a source of new talent and potential future employees. Further, more than half of today’s undergrads benefit from on-the-job learning as part of their overarching education.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.