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.

Engagement and ideas

Details of the engagement process will be posted on this site. 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. Jan. 18, 2018Note from the PAC-SMH Chair, deadline extended

    The PAC-SMH has been working towards getting the final report to the President on January 15, 2018. The PAC-SMH determined that an extension is needed to properly distil the nearly 140 recommendations brought to us by our supporting panels. We recognized that we need to:

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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