The Campus Assessment Tool helps illuminate the current state of mental health promotion on post-secondary campuses. It's a framework that empowers students to effectively assess what services exist to support mental health, gauges young people's satisfaction with these services, and seeks to understand how policy and educational initiatives either promote or inhibit positive mental health. It brings youth advocates, students, university staff, and adult stakeholders to the table to discover successes and gaps in mental health promotion and to facilitate collaboration for innovative solutions.
“Knowledge really is power. Working on the CAT helped me feel better informed and more prepared to have conversations with administrators and people in positions to make real change.”
Jack.org staff support students as they research existing services and policies for a wide range of mental health needs.
Students then assess the quality of available services and satisfaction among those who use them.
Students identify what barriers may exist to people accessing services. Do students know they exist? Are wait times a barrier? Is stigma too overwhelming?
Students analyze the general campus culture and the overall systems (around financial aid, housing and other services) related to student wellness.