Adapting to COVID-19: Continuing the Discussion on Teaching and Practice Adaptations to Support Student Mental Health and Well-Being

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Audience: Faculty and Staff

Session Description:

Join us as we have Jonny return to further the conversation on how we best support the mental wellness of students at this time in new learning spaces we find ourselves in.

Given the magnitude of issues related to mental health and substance use on campus pre-COVID-19 and the widely recognized psychological impacts of the pandemic and the resulting public health response, it is imperative for educators and service providers to adapt and address challenges through consideration of associated policy and practices.

It is hoped that participants will identify personal and institutional actions that can positively impact the experience and well-being of students, as well as, those who are teaching and supporting them.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to be part of the first discussion, you are welcome to review the recorded webinar.


Jonny Morris, MA is the CEO of the B.C. Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. He left CMHA for two years to work within the public service for the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, where he played a key role in helping build this new Ministry from the ground up, eventually leading the Policy and Legislation Branch as Senior Director. In this role, Jonathan was responsible for providing advice on a range of complex policy and legislative initiatives, while leading several transformational mental health and addictions programs.

In his past role at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Jonny provided leadership for provincial mental health and substance use operations through the Association’s provincial office and the branch network across British Columbia. His work focused on addressing systemic disparities between physical and mental health, campus mental health, the criminal justice system, systems transformation, policy and government relations.

Jonny has a long research and practice history in suicide prevention, has trained as a counsellor, and has held teaching appointments at the University of Victoria and Douglas College in Child and Youth Care.