Learning to Bounce: Building Academic Resilience with Students Experiencing Mental Health Disabilities
Tara Embrey and Melissa Beacom - $ 50,000
Students with mental health disabilities face unique challenges to academic engagement, often experiencing disability-specific barriers to developing skills as learners and bouncing back from adversity. In the past several years, we have witnessed the growing impact that mental health challenges have had on students. As SAS advisors and occupational therapists, we have also seen the difference it can make when students with mental health disabilities have developed the inner resources and skills to thrive at the University of Guelph. We designed this program to provide a structured opportunity to develop these skills while also fostering connection with peers. Learning to Bounce is a two-semester pilot project combining occupational therapy theory and practice with evidence-based approaches. The program will include group psychoeducational sessions as well as opportunities to practice skills learned, study together and access one-to-one support. Evaluation of the program will help determine efficacy and application of this approach within Student Wellness.