President's Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health
The President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH) is tasked with ensuring the collection of a broad set of information on student mental health considering both the UW student body and the larger societal context. It will review the data and information collected and advise on the status of the progress of mental health initiatives across the university. It will examine root causes of student stress, anxiety and depression, and how to mitigate them proactively instead of reactively. For more information, see the complete Terms of Reference.
Membership and structure
The PAC-SMH is chaired by the Director, Campus Wellness and comprises of 8-10 members (students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, researchers, etc) and informed by five supporting panels: Mental Health Experts, Student Services, Community Partners, Academics, and Student Experience.
April 2017: Terms of Reference finalized
May 2017: First meeting of the Committee
Spring 2017: Open call for membership for Panels, selection of Panel members, and interim update
Fall 2017: Final report and recommendations
Engagement and ideas
Details of the engagement process will be posted on this site in the coming weeks. We invite feedback and ideas throughout the process, either at one of the in-person engagement opportunities or at any time by completing the web form.
If you have reached this page because you are seeking mental health support, please go to the Counselling Services website.
- July 31, 2017
The President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH) hosted a supporting panel launch day Thursday, July 27 2017. It was the first time the supporting panels were able to meet with each other and brought together perspectives from students, faculty, staff, community partners, alumni, and parents.
- July 21, 2017
The members of the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH) have reviewed the many applications and selected supporting panel members for the five topic panels: Student Experience, Student Services, Community Partners, Academic, Mental Health Experts. The large number of applicants from across our University of Waterloo community affirms the passion and awareness for developing and enhancing mental health and wellness services and systems on campus. Thank you!
- June 26, 2017
The President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH) has been meeting since May and we are pleased to announce we are ready to start recruiting for representatives on our five supporting panels. The panels include: Student Experience, Student Services, Community Partners, Academic, and Mental Health Experts. Each panel will help to gather information in their topic area to help the PAC-SMH deliver their final report.