The Hub Funding will support AU mental health and wellness initiatives

Funding will support AU mental health and wellness initiatives

Athabasca University (AU) will work to improve student mental health and wellness with the support of a grant from a national mental-health campaign.


The Bell Let’s Talk campaign focuses largely on breaking the silence around mental illness and combating social stigma surround mental health—but it’s also about giving back. AU was fortunate to receive $25,000 in grant funding from the campaign. 

“We’re pleased to receive this grant, which will enable AU to continue to expand our work in the important area of student mental health and wellness, and to ensure that the resources and supports meet the needs of our diverse learner population,” said Serita Smith, Interim Director of Learner Support Services. 

These funds will help AU work toward incorporating the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students framework. These are vital ongoing long-term efforts to prioritize mental health and wellness for all learners, whether they are new to a post-secondary environment or are nearing the end of their learning journey.   

Deputy Provost Anne-Marie Scott said the funding will help AU to integrate the framework in support of the mental health and wellness needs of learners. 

“Grants such as this help to ensure that we can move these important initiatives forward and continue to build sustainable and relevant mental health and wellness programs,” she said. 

AU is here for you

Being an AU learner while also balancing life and its stressors and challenges can be difficult, especially in an online environment where you may not necessarily have the same level of face-to-face interaction. 

But just because you’re learning online, it doesn’t mean you are alone. Connection and access to help is always available, should you need it. AU is here to support you in your academic journey. 

At any time, you can access the AU Mental Health and Wellness site for helpful information. You can also access the Health and Wellness supports available through Carepath Digital Health, or the peer-to-peer TalkCampus app. 

If you need support staying on track with your studies, you may want to book an appointment with AU Counselling Services by emailing If you have any questions or would like some support or direction, please reach out to our mental-health team at 

  • April 23, 2021