Your Education - Your Future: A guide to college and university students with psychiatric disabilities

The first comprehensive guide for college, university students with psychiatric disabilities is now available thanks to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

Your Education - Your Future features first-hand experiences and advice from students with psychiatric disabilities at universities and college across Canada who were willing to share their unique perspective of the rewards and challenges of higher education.

Bonnie Pape, CMHA’s National Director of Programs and Research, developed this unique project. She says that for many people, the college or university years rank high as among the most challenging in their lives.

“These years often determine the future of our young people, and for students living with a mental illness, the challenges can become barriers to success – making their future uncertain – if they don’t get the understanding and support they need from their schools and their peers,” says Pape.

Data from Statistics Canada shows that teenagers and young adults aged 15-24 experience the highest incidence of mental disorders of any age group in Canada. Many in that age group will choose to pursue higher education. The goal of this resource is to make the transition to college or university smoother for those students with psychiatric disabilities, while guiding them through each step of their post-secondary education.