Status: closed

This initiative is supported by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST). BCcampus is leading the project in partnership with the AEST and an advisory group. The advisory group, which has been formed specifically to provide advice on this project, consists of students, staff, and faculty with both lived experience and skills and training in the area of mental health in the B.C. public post-secondary education system.

There are two projects underway related to mental health in the B.C. post-secondary education system:

  • The purpose of the first project, Mental Health—Staff and Faculty Training, is to provide access to learning resources for staff and faculty to better enable them to support post-secondary students with mental health and wellness (see Appendix A).
  • The purpose of the second project, Mental Health—Student Resilience and Coping Training, is to provide direct access to learning resources for students. These resources will give students skills and strategies for mental health resilience and coping while attending post-secondary institutions in B.C. (see Appendix B).

BCcampus provides evidence-based, collaboratively designed and developed, openly licensed learning resources for the B.C. post-secondary education system and sector partners (see Appendix C).


Two environmental scans have been conducted to identify existing mental health resources in the B.C. post-secondary education system for both projects (see Staff and Faculty Report and Student Report).

While working collaboratively with BCcampus, AEST, and the advisory groups, the lead subject matter expert (SME) and team will review data from the environmental scan and user stories to develop a proposal for both projects. Additionally, the principal SME will liaise and ensure transparency and collaboration between the two projects.

This document outlines the request for an SME to lead a team in the development and adaptation of resources for both mental health projects, thereby providing access to learning resources, the components, and elements required for the resources, and a framework for an open learning resource.


The SME will develop an evidence-based proposal outlining a framework and learning outcomes, which will take into consideration:

  • Identification of resources, and whether the resource already exists or needs development.
  • Identification of core components, as well as optional components for consideration.
  • Identification of how resources should be delivered with a goal to make resources as accessible as possible.
  • The different audiences, perspectives, and roles that the resources will support.
  • That this will be an open educational resource to support and supplement professional learning at the local, regional, and provincial levels.

The principal SME will lead in the development and adaptation of resources by:

  • Working collaboratively with BCcampus to identify other SMEs if needed outside of this proposal.
  • Assisting BCcampus in discussions with stakeholders around Creative Commons licensing.


The resources developed during these two projects will be:

  • Designed and developed to support the B.C. public post-secondary education system.
  • Openly licensed mental health resources to support students with strategies and skills for coping and resilience and to help staff and faculty support students with coping and resilience.

These resources will take into consideration:

  • Students who are entering the B.C. public post-secondary education system from the B.C. K–12 education system.
  • Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis perspectives.
  • International students.
  • People with lived experience with mental health.
  • The principles of anti-oppressive practice, which include the use of person-first language throughout as well as the application of a Gender-based Analysis Plus to promote inclusivity.


A qualified SME lead will:

  • Have a combination of education and experience related to mental health and the B.C. public post-secondary education system.
  • Submit a proposed budget for the projects, as well as a breakdown of the approximate cost of subcontractors, including the overall cost of time and resources.
  • Provide a detailed breakdown of expertise included in proposals, including a list of qualifications and curriculum vitae for each team member and their specific role in this project.
  • Submit a proposed timeline for both projects based on the details provided.

NOTE: BCcampus is interested in receiving proposals that are innovative and build on work already done in this area. As such, BCcampus reserves the right to select components of proposals that best fit with this vision.

Communication and deliverables timeline

# Activity Due Date Recipient
1 Request for proposals to be submitted with all the details outlined under requirements. January 3, 2020 BCcampus Project Lead
2 Successful candidate notified; contracting initiated. January 31, 2020 BCcampus Project Lead
3 Development of proposal, including a framework for each project, completed and submitted for review by the advisory group. February 28, 2020 BCcampus Project Lead
4 Consultation with stakeholder groups as needed. March 2020 BCcampus Project Lead
5 Development of resources. March – June  2020 BCcampus Project Lead
6 Testing of resources. June – August 2020 BCcampus Project Lead


The total amount of the contract will be GST inclusive. Payment will be made in three parts:

  1. after delivery of the approved proposals;
  2. midway through the development phase; and
  3. after the delivery of the final projects.

Payment can be made to the SME’s post-secondary institution or to you as an individual, provided you are not an employee of Simon Fraser University (which is our administrative host).

Copyright, licensing, and waiver of moral rights

Any intellectual property developed as a result of this contract will be owned by the Province of British Columbia and subject to Creative Commons licensing. As part of this process, all authors of written content will be required to sign a Waiver of Moral Rights provided by BCcampus.

Subcontracting or assignment

The use of third-party service providers is approved under the condition that the supplier directly manages the payment and management of these service providers within the agreed-upon budget and timelines for this project.

Proposal submissions

Please submit proposals to Robynne Devine by Friday, January 10, 2020.  Proposals should include qualifications (CV if appropriate), considerations, methodologies, timelines, and budget.

Staff and Faculty Report

Student Report

Appendix A- Project at a glance

Appendix B- Project at a glance

Appendix C – BCcampus Collaborative Projects