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.

  1. Nov. 1, 2017PAC-SMH Panel Symposium and Feds Q&A panel recap

    The President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH) hosted a supporting panel symposium in the Village 1 Great Hall on the morning of Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The symposium provided panel members with another opportunity to meet, share information, and discuss questions and progress related to their specific panels.

  2. Oct. 23, 2017Call for students to participate in a survey conducted by the PAC-SMH Student Experience Panel

    You are invited to participate in a survey conducted by the PAC-SMH Student Experience Panel of the University of Waterloo, Canada. This survey was designed in order to examine student perspectives on the culture of the University and available resources.

    Take the survey here:

    The survey will close on Sunday, November 5.

  3. Oct. 17, 2017Details for Panel Symposium live stream now available

    As part of the Panel Symposium Day on October 24, 2017, there will be a live stream where you can watch the PAC-SMH Panel representatives provide reports on their progress and send in questions for them to answer. 


    When: October 24, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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