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Good morning everyone. My name is Melodie Esau and I'm the operations coordinator for Healthy Campus Alberta.
Welcome and thank you for joining us this morning for our webinar introducing together all a free online peer to peer community and resource hub fostering positive well being in Alberta and our presenter this morning Victoria Senyard.
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I respect and honor the original caretakers of this land, the cultures, histories and languages of the Indigenous Peoples who have and continue to gather on this land. Specifically, I acknowledge the traditional territories of the peoples of the Treaty seven region, which is home to the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprising the SikSika, Pikani, and Kainai First Nations, as well as the Tsuut'ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Welsey First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta Region three.
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I'd like to introduce our presenter today. Victoria Senyard Togetherall Partnership Manager for North America. In her current role as the North America Partnerships Manager Togetherall Victoria both supports both large province wide health contracts, as well as direct partnership within the higher education sector. Victoria has worked in various roles throughout her career with a focus on stakeholder engagement, behavioral health, program implementation and account management. And it's been my great pleasure over the last number of months to get to know Victoria a little bit. And excited to have her tell us a little bit more about together all this morning. Victoria, I'll hand things over to you.
wonderful, Thanks, Melodie. And thanks to the whole team for for including me in this session today. And for all the setup to get us to this point. Welcome to those who have been able to join this morning, I can see some from the chat, we've got a lot of different people from different institiutions. A really diverse group here. So the point of today's session is really just to orient you to the offerings that are now available broadly in Alberta, but also walk you through what the platform looks like some of the tools that are available, and then answer any questions that you might have, at the end. I'm always available, or you're welcome to email me directly should you have any specific questions relating to your own institution or your own population. And I'll make sure to also include our sort of direct channels for additional requests and materials at the end.
So really, right from the beginning, just ensuring we're all on the same page with what is Togetherall. So this is how we describe ourselves just in a couple of lines. So we offer a moderated online peer to peer mental health community that empowers individuals to anonymously seek and provide support 24/7. And so I'll unpack that, that sort of statement over the next few slides. But you can see right from the beginning, there are a few things sort of stand out. This is a clinically moderated online platform. And it is designed to help peers connect with other peers around common mental health concerns and challenges that you're experiencing. It's an anonymous platform. And it's a place where people can not only seek support and and reach out to others in a similar position, but also provide support and insights having maybe gone through some concerns before and sort of really be able to offer that insider perspective. The platform is available 24/7 365 via our mobile responsive website togetherall.com. And the really exciting part and this is why I'm doing these kinds of orientation sessions is to let you know that Togetherall is free and available right now to all Albertans, age 16 years or over across the province.
So in the context of working with Healthy Campus Alberta and CMHA Alberta, today, we're sort of focusing specifically on students, alumni, as well as frontline educators, staff, and parents. Of course, keep in mind that it is broader than that it is beyond the education sector. But for the purposes of this conversation, you know, really, really drilling down into how this tool can help those within that higher ed, higher ed realm.
I'll show you how to register as part of the demo. But the key piece here is it really is really simple. It is free and very quick. And it is through our togetherall.com website. And the eligibility piece at the front end is connected up to Alberta postal code. So that's how you'll kickstart the process to register. And from there, it's collecting some basic demographic information in order to create an account and gain access to this tool.
Stepping back a little bit, just to give you a little bit of context to who Togetherall is who we are as a company, we were actually founded in 2007 in the UK, and now have operations in Canada, in New Zealand and in the US. So we operate across these broad jurisdictions. And we are currently supporting over 250 organizations from lots of different sectors. So public health, higher education, as well as armed forces in the UK, and employer direct sectors. When we look at the higher ed space, we're actually working with over 150 higher education institutes across those jurisdictions, which means that our global member base right now we have around 1.6 or so and climbing million students that are self identify as students. And we do have a large range of our our member base is between the ages of 16 and 24.
Alberta landscape, and I'm very proud to report that once we started promoting the program in sort of early November of last year, we already have over 4000 Albertans registered with Togetherall and that's actually 154% increase between November and December. Now we know lots of you know, putting it in the context of what's going on in the province, with COVID-19 impacts further restrictions, working from home and also
studying and schooling from home. We know that December and November was a really crucial months in what's going on there. And so we're really proud to have been able to offer that support to Albertans. And even further to this, the stats that I'm seeing, we're actually seeing, we saw a 226% increase, specifically within an age group of 16 to 24, between November and December. So we know this platform is resonating with that age group in particular. And we know now more so than ever, people are looking for additional support and looking to be able to connect with others in a similar situation. And that's where Togetherall fits in
a little bit about the need. And I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here. But there are a lot of research and studies sort of showing that students in particular, are already struggling with symptoms of loneliness, anxiety, isolation, stigma around mental health. And even when we look at the National College health assessment that was done in 2019, if we look at the Alberta reference group specifically, we can see the same stats play out. So 68% reported feeling very lonely 69% overwhelming anxiety, and 62% thing felt that things were hopeless. And now in that reference group, it was 24 of the 26 publicly funded institutions in Alberta. And so you know, this is this is really representative of how this group is feeling. You also see the the steps to the right hand side there around stigma 65% felt public stigma towards mental health. And record only 12% of the student body attended counseling during this time, and this was during 2018. And so things obviously have potentially changed a little bit, but there's still that trend around those that are needing support, necessarily reaching out to some of the traditional offerings. And then of course, you overlay that with COVID-19 right now, and and the pivot towards more accessible supports. And we know that this you know, this, this group is is someone that's really looking for additional help
Why digital peer to peer support? So we know that peer support in itself, you know, is widely supported. Research is showing that it provides support not only to those that are getting the support, but those that are providing the support. And there's studies to suggest that there are improved outcomes with a peer to peer model. So things like improved coping skills, increased social engagement, better awareness of available resources, and then also the reduced need of medical and that crisis intervention. So peer support really does fit in with that idea of stepped cam model. And it's really there to help complement existing care pathways, particularly what's being offered on campuses, and in sort of that broader community.
We know there is that there's this support and peer to peer support. But we also know that the demand is only increasing. And the ability, the ability to provide that support. Being able to do it on a one on one face to face type model is fantastic, but unable to meet that growing demand. We also know that this population, particularly between the ages of 16, and 24, are turning to social media sites, things like Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, those kinds of sites, looking for mental health support. I think the latest stats I saw was something like on Reddit, there's over a million comments and thread related to mental health support. On Facebook, there's two and a half million plus posts related to mental health, and Instagrams over 3 million with hashtags with mental health related concerns. And the issue with this is that these sites are largely unmoderated and potentially unsafe. And so they're not the best place for people looking for, you know, real mental health related concerns, they're not the most safe place for these for these people to be turning to. And so this is how, you know, that became this need for a safe, clinically moderated, scalable, and affordable mental health program. And this, again, is sort of where Togetherall fits in. So we're able to support students and others again, knowing that we support a broad range of of people and from all walks of life, really, this is a place for them to come to seek support when they need it. And then access our supports, as well as public supports all within this one moderated platform. So it really becomes a place where they can come for these kinds of concerns and connect with others that might be in a similar experience.
So before I go a little bit more detail, a bit more depth about what what the offering looks like we did we have a quick poll just to see what this is looking like on your own campus in your own sort of environment. So the question here is how many I mean, not many posture, taking action to address student mental health. And through you know, this is through wellness activities, peer run clubs, whether they're virtual or otherwise. And we wanted to know, is this true for your campus? And how engaged are your students in these virtual types of supports right now?
Right, so overwhelmingly, engagement is a bit of a hit and miss. And again, that's understandable. Right now, we're, you know, I work with a lot of different institutions within this space. And I would agree that sort of sentiment that I get across the board, that idea of, you know, with, with classes being all online right now, communicating and engaging with students in this virtual space is really tricky. There is that idea of zoom fatigue, virtual fatigue. But then the flip side of that is that I also hear that there is that still that strong desire to stay connected to their peers, to their campus to, to their friends, to their family, you know, beyond that, and it's that real, need that connection. And to combat that isolation, that I think is again, sort of where the Togetherall program fits in and other supports that you might be offering on campus is to help students have that layer of normality and being able to stay connected. You know, that's the number one piece I hear our togetherall role is, you know, being able to feel like it's not just them, and they're not alone in all of this. So thank you for that.
One more question. And how is your campus gauging students feelings of connectivity to campus during this time? Now this is an open question. Feel free
Free to sort of write as much or as little as you want. There's really that idea of how how are you gauging whether students are able to stay connected? Is it metrics? Is it outrage is a survey those types of things? How do we know how well we're doing right now.
I'm just going to note here, please note, you can only do one answer. And the response on the poll here.
We've got surveys, these are survey metrics from our social media accounts. That's a great one. I've heard that too. The social media accounts is an interesting one, too, because I think partly is finding out from the get go, which accounts that they're paying attention to, and the content that is engaging the content they want to hear, as well as who it's coming out from. So whether that's campus counseling, versus a student union group, or something like that, I think sometimes learning which accounts, and then what information, you can also naturally sort of embed in those accounts. So that's really interesting.
We've got website engagement, direct communications, virtual attendance for different events,
peer engagement, feedback,
great attendance and events and feedback.
That's great. So it sounds like there's sort of a lot of a survey portion of that, getting some self self reported measures around that. And and I think that's great. And I do sort of encourage you to try and quantify some of these things, I think it's gonna be really interesting to look back on to see, you know, some of this is going to stick around, I think post COVID is how do we keep our students and our educators engaged in a working from home remote type setting. And so as we all learn what works and what doesn't work, this information, I think is going to be really, really invaluable.
Okay, we'll go into the next portion.
So really diving a little bit deeper into the Togetherall offerings, this is how this is sort of what a student or an educator would get out of the platform, should they join up Togetherall? So the main backbone of this offering is this safe online, peer to peer community forum, when individuals remain anonymous to each other, and they're able to draw strings that have that.
counts services and and others. Some are just looking for that place to feel connected and to be able to see is it just me? Am I the only one feeling like this, how it How is everyone else doing? It's that kind of peer lived experience that's really, really powerful. And really, really
sort of the vibe.
Being online as well helps increase the accessibility portion. And I'd like to point out that not only is it accessible, 24/7, but it's also active 24/7. So the platform does include anyone that's eligible from those jurisdictions around the world. They're all on the same platform. It's not just Albertans speaking to other Albertan's, it could be a student from Alberta speaking to someone from and they wouldn't know, but they would be speaking to, you know, potentially another student from Ontario, could be someone that's graduated, you know, in experience in the US. And that's sort of the that's the beauty of this platform is it brings together people from all walks of life, but they come together around their common experiences around mental health and well being. So it's less about, you know, where they're based, and, and sort of who they are necessarily, but it's about what they're experiencing, and how they've worked through that. And through that self care portion.
The piece that will give us all sort of that, that sleep at night is that idea that this is a moderated platform as well. So on the Togetherall or side, we have registered mental health practitioners, who we call our wall guides. They're monitoring and moderating the platform 24/7, as well. And they're there to help our members remain safe and feel supported in this online environment. So there's always eyes on and I'll go through a little bit about what that role of the wall guide is. But knowing that it is that safe online environment makes this you know, completely different to some other online community type forums, to this is that piece that is really adding that validity as well,
as well as the community peer portion. There's also other resources available through the together on platform. So the things like self guided assessments, recommended courses and self guided courses that they can enroll in and complete at their own time. And then just other creative tools to help them track and express how they're feeling in a way that's comfortable for them. So with that idea about increasing help seeking behavior and being able to share, know what's going on, and for many, that's that first step in that journey towards getting help is to be able to articulate what's going on.
I do want to point out very upfront and very clearly that Togetherall does not provide one on one counseling of any kind, we're not a counseling tool, per se, we're a place where people are coming to discuss their common mental health concerns. We're not intended to be a crisis service. And we're not promoted to those that are actively in crisis or in distress, the part of the role of those four guides will be to identify those that may need additional help and may need to be escalated to other resources. But nine times out of 10, the majority of what's being discussed is those sort of lower mental health related concerns with lower end of the spectrum.
So a little bit more about those wall guides. So as I mentioned, they are they're providing moderation and monitoring the platform 24/7, they are registered mental health practitioner
versus level health professionals, typically from the fields of clinical counseling or social work. And they're licensed in the jurisdiction in which they live. So they're, they're licensed and practicing where they live. So I know we have wall guides in Canada, for example, I know we have some in Alberta as well. But we also have wall guides in those other jurisdictions. So they're able to provide that 24/7 coverage and have eyes on this platform at all times. So they're really there to help facilitate discussion between members, they're there to ensure that the community remains a safe and supportive environment, they are making sure members adhere to our house rules. So that part of the registration process sort of walks through what the platform is, how you would use it, what sort of appropriate the being able to remain anonymous. That's it, that's a big portion of this. And so, you know, encouraging people to adhering to that they're also welcoming, you know, the first time someone might post, they're sort of making sure that those posts get get seen and get responded to.
And then also sort of that, that the other end of that spectrum is also looking out for those that may need additional support. So not only are they reviewing all of the content, and the and the materials and the chats that are going on in this platform, we also have inbuilt algorithms within the technology itself. And that's been built up over the years that we've been operating for, there's a very robust list of words, phrases, things that are helping to pick up where there might be, we need to, you know, review these posts, because there's indications of potential risk. So trigger words, you know, the obvious ones, sort of, you know, suicide, self harm, things like that. But there are other ones as well within within context that, you know, require review just to ensure what sort of going on. So it could be things like the words life, life in sometimes that you know, people won't explicitly say, What's going on, but within the context of what they're saying that can actually be a bit of a trigger. And so these clinicians are reviewing this content, and they're able to see sort of the journey of that member. So if something got flagged to them, they'd be able to look at that, they'd also then be able to look at it in the context of what else the member has been doing within the platform, you know, what other posts have they said, or there's
been all sorts of be able to paint that full picture. Now, they're able to do a few things at this point. So most of the time, there'll be reviewing that, and it may be an outreach, you know, the guy would reach out to the member just sort of check in and just remind them that there's some other resources available that might be applicable to what's going on, reminding them that if they need, you know, guidance on where else to connect, and on those sort of far end of that spectrum, if they are, you know, reaching out and they do think that there is indication of imminent risk there then escalate that case to their senior clinicians, and their senior clinicians are working with that member to help de-anonymize the work with the person and then help escalate them to local emergency services in that very far end of the spectrum. Now, again, because we don't promote ourselves as a counseling tool, or as a crisis tool, we we actually don't get a lot of those end of the spectrum crisis escalation, typically it's more de escalated. So you know, reaching out checking in ensuring they have access to some of the resources that they need, and to sort of keeping an eye on on some of these people. Nine times out of 10 it doesn't reach that level, but we do have the mechanisms in place to be able to escalate that appropriately if needed.
A little bit of insight. So we've been operating Ontario for for over three years now. And so just to just to compare two provinces, hopefully, you know, we have been in Alberta for a couple of months now. So as we build up that database, we'll be able to report back on Alberta specifically. But in the meantime, these are some insights from our Ontario member base, just to give you a bit of a sense of what this group is doing. So we have over 47,000, I think it's actually closer to over 50,000. Right now Ontarians registered with Togetherall a large portion of those are aged between that 16 to 35. range, and 20% of those identify as students, we know that the public universities are key referral route for us, they're actively promoting this to their students and to the educators, which is fantastic. We also know through our own member surveys, that 40% of our our whole Ontario base report not regularly seeking support for their mental health from a formal healthcare professional, I think that's pretty typical, again, is that idea of of not seeking health help for your mental health in the same way you would your physical health. Unfortunately, we also know that our members, we're the reason that they join in a platform like Togetherall or 70% site, the ability to do so on an immediate access basis and sort of that that accessibility portion is really important. And 41% also report, the ability to share anonymously, is sort of is a key factor for them.
35% used Togetherall or to share mental health. So again, is it a play,
From a member base, we also know that 82% of our, of this group really found that Togetherall or platform and tools helpful during this time. And the idea here is that we are trying to combat that social isolation and disconnect, and also help people, you know, build up that brilliant coping skills to be able to cope with some of these common mental health concerns.
So I'm going to switch over to the platform itself and walk you through what this looks like. Just before I do a couple of quick quotes from our member base, I think really helped ground you know, where this platform fits in. So the first one there is saying the members on here amazing, I realized I'm not alone, and actually helping others in my position makes me feel like I have something to give. And the bottom one that you know resonates with me as well is this idea that on good days, I can support others. And on bad days when I need supporting, I can find information to understand how to deal with it. And again, this is where to get it all fits in. We're there when people need us.
So this is the website. So for those, you know, looking for a little bit more information about the company itself, who we work with the work we're doing togetherall.com. And this is where someone would come to register for the first time. So if I click on Register, you'll see here, this is the page and this is where someone would put in the Alberta postal code, and that would kickstart the process. It's a two step two step verification process. So you would enter an email address and then a link would be sent to that email.
And you'll see here as part of the setup, what they're also doing is creating an anonymous username. So you can see here, this is how I'm seen in this platform. And now this is a live platform, it's not a demo, or anything this is this is the platform. So we'll go through and show you how this works. You can see as well right from the from the get go that it's deliberately simple, and deliberately meant to be intuitive of how to navigate through the different portions of the platform. And that's because again, we have people with different literacy levels, different ages, different tech levels, you're all of that using this platform. So it's deliberately quiet, you know, without the bells and whistles, because we the main aspect of this is really how to connect people with the help.
In the side corner here, you can see I can create an account as well they walk you through the program. So they kind of give you tips and tricks of what the program includes and how things you can access to kind of orient you to the site. And also welcome you and sort of thank you for joining, they'll always be sort of the first outreach that you'll get from a war guide. And then they're there, if you wanted to proactively reach out to them.
The other way to filter this content is by the type of post, there's a couple of ways people can contribute to this forum. One is in a talk about so this is a written post, sort of a written exchange, and a brick, which is a visual post. And I'll show you what this looks like this is really just giving people you know, a couple of different offered options of how they want to express themselves.
say I'm interested to know, finances, for example, or, you know, whatever the case might be, I can tag, you know, all of those, you'll see how these, they're now up here. And then I have the 3000 characters to describe what's going on for me. Now this is where the wall guide and the the inbuilt algorithms sort of kick in. So if I started to say, you know, I'm Victoria, Senyard, I mean, in Vancouver, that would be flagged, and a wall guide would say, you know, Hey, remember, we on this site, we don't use real names, we need to take that level of detail out to protect your anonymity. But the rest of your post is fine. And they'll sort of help curate that content for your own benefit. The other piece here is if I started using words that are going to be picked up as triggers, if I started talking about self harm, or something like that, that my posts would also be flagged to a wall guide, we're going to have a wall guide sort of view of this platform and lots of different things get flagged to them. So things that might be including trigger words would be sort of high priority to review and look at. But other things that are flagged to them is, as they can see if this is the first time that I'm sharing, they can see okay, this is someone's first post, and it'll flag them if it's gone unresponded to, you know, in a certain amount of time, but no one else has sort of chimed in with their experiences, we want to make sure that it doesn't fall on deaf ears. And the wall guide would also sort of respond to them.
Most of the time, it's, you know, just explain what's going on for me.
And the interesting one here is this brick. So again, I could say you know, similar concept, I can either freehand draw something,
Some people are really good at this. Don't take my artistic ability as anything to go off here. But people, you know, really get into this, you can actually upload imagery that, you know, you've created something on a different platform or a different software. You can load images, photos, can't be anything too personal again, you could have be me standing with my husband outside my house or anything like that. But it could be, you know, a picture from a from a vacation of this is what I'm thinking about, as I as I can't travel right now. Or I've seen ones where it's stock imagery of your rain forests and things that this is what I think about as I'm if I'm having a panic attack to help really reduce my anxiety and get my breathing under control. Could be quotes that resonate with you. There's all sorts of different ways people use this tool. And it's really for those that may be struggled to articulate how they're feeling, but a more able to sort of describe or illustrate what's going on for them. And so it can be really quite powerful.
protect the host, I think someone needs some help, or there might be something else going on, I can also take one of these and submit that to a wall guide. That's the end of my involvement, that's just a little bit of extra eyes on.
So similarly to the trigger words, if war guides, you know, a flag to two things that, you know, we, we, you couldn't troll this site, for example, you know, people couldn't deliberately post something that's derogatory or offensive or staring like you might be able to on other platforms that would be captured not only by the algorithms, but also by wall guides, and by other members, and that the wall guides would also intervene in that kind of in that scenario, as well. So it really is designed to be kept very supportive and very open to everyone.
So I show you a couple of examples of ones that I've starred that I think, are good examples of how this works. Let's say so this is, let's find a student one. Let's say this one's you know, seniors are also connecting on here, which I think is really lovely.
Let's do this one.
So just as an example, you can see here, this was created a little while ago, a few days ago, it was written by this person, we don't know where this person is from. And they've decided it's around depression, anxiety, stress. And you can see she, you know, that she, he I'm not sure which but they're saying you're their second year student dealing with COVID. And then they sort of go on to say sort of how this is impacting them. They've got assignments, that they're still meant to be, you know, handing in, but they can't concentrate, and, you know, sort of what's the point, I don't know what I'm doing, they feel a little bit of exhausted, frustrated, emotionally drained, I'm sure we've all heard, you know, this in different contexts right now. And it makes sense. The Christmas break was causing anxiety, that they're worried about their future and what this is going to mean for them, as well as the sort of financial impacts and paying for accommodation, and all sorts of things. And then you can see, so the wall guides, part of their role is to welcome new members. And, and this is, this is part of what they do. So they reflect some of that same sentiment, they thank them for contributing, and they, you know, offer up their support if they need it, and they encourage other people to chime in. So they're not providing one on one counseling or direct therapy of any kind. They're really helping to sort of facilitate the discussion.
You do see
And again, you sort of have people chime in to kind of say, you know, thank you for sharing, and this is my own experience with depression and hang in there, you know, lots of different, you know, different contents. Just a couple of simple examples there. So that's the sort of the community forum piece, just quickly, the other two buckets, if we go back to the dashboard, we have courses and we have resources. So courses, these are self guided modular based courses, that anyone can join at any time. Lots of different things here, lots of different topics.
these, so for example, if I, if I went into one of these, you'll see they're largely text base. They're modular, so you sort of complete one and then move on to the next. And then within these, they have lots of different things embedded, little self help journaling exercises, handouts that you can print and download.
You and I sort of vary in length and content. And then each one also has one of these group costs talk about. So this means that I can join a separate sort of group or conversation specifically around this course. And I can chat with others that are doing it or completed it. And then they also start sharing, you know, other tips and tricks or resources that might be related that could help. Again, a wall guide sees all of this and
do those myself. These are some little mini self assessments, clinically validated self assessments really just helped to gauge and, and that need, help people sort of see where they might fit on on sort of spectrum here. not meant to be diagnostic by any means. But it's really just a place for people to have a bit of reflection. So again, you can see this one's here based on the GAD7, mini quick assessment that you could go through.
you can see I've done this demo a few times. But I could track this over time, it could be part of one of those courses as a as a recommendation to do this weekly, just to kind of see how things are going. The messaging will change based on how I score. And wall guide would also see this. So if I scored highly on these things, that would also be a prompt for a wall guide to reach out and just check in with me.
Lastly, within this resource section is our our well being kind of portion. So this has lots of articles, book reviews, interviews, all sorts of great things, again, organized by those same categories. So I can really drill down into the pieces that I'm interested in. It's also organized by these three categories for understanding more moving forward in learning skills. So that idea of I can really tailor you know, the type of content I'm getting based on where I'm at, in my journey. ways for you know, seeing the privacy, the house rules, giving feedback, all of that sort of good thing within this platform as well. So let me just switch back over to the PowerPoint and just wrap up before we have before we open up to q&a.
So having learned all of this, hopefully you learned something new. And and sort of the next step here is you know, how, how can you help and how can we raise awareness of this free offering that's available across the province, and we need your help. Again, you you can register yourself to check it out and have a bit more of a thorough play around. It could also be you know, if you want to use it you your family, you want to try it out, you know someone that might be in need of some additional help register yourself, have a look at it. We do have a pretty robust bundle of marketing materials that we can provide you with and Healthy Campus Alberta has graciously embedded that within their website too if you want to take a look. So that sort of interactive program flyers, some content, language and content, you might want to add your own website or resources where you look resources to students that can all be requested or you can reach out to us directly at either my email Victoria.Senyard@togetherall.com
Or the firstname.lastname@example.org. For more specific resources, I'm also always willing to do a demo like this for your own campus or your own colleagues.
Know, if you want to bring this back to some of your colleagues
to hear a little bit more, please do reach out to me happy to do so. If you if you're willing, you know, help us spread the word. And then it's a little bit tricky right now without that word of mouth on campus, but be able to do it via social media. And we have social media content. with you all sorts of good things. So really, we're just looking for you to help, you know, learn a little bit more and then share it with your with your,
your What are your What will you do? Do you want to, you know, book a webinar? Do
you want to add it to your agenda, everything on the screen there, you know, these are just some ideas of what you could do going forward.
And yes, as a reminder, this, this session is recorded. So you can take this recording back as well as another great resource. But if you would like to have a tailored a demo as well, or the more than willing to, to accommodate that as well.
Okay, wonderful, thank you so much. This is this is great to say, you know, it sounds like this, and maybe you found this session helpful.
Just to finish out, you know, this is, again, this is available right now, it is available for free, for anyone at the age of 16, and over in Alberta
this is widely available, which is fantastic. And we just hope that you like it, and that you'll have a chance to play with it a little bit more and then tell others that may be may be interested in joining us. So we'll open up to the q&a. I'm not sure if we've had any questions come through the chat portion. But if you do have any questions, please do submit those. And we'll we'll answer those now.
Thanks, Victoria. haven't seen any questions yet. There is a comment that the link for the marketing bundle doesn't work. It's working for me. But we can find another way to try and connect you with those resources. Maybe follow up after the email with a webinar with a direct link, or sorry, with the webinar with an email with a direct link to those.
You can also navigate on that if you just go to the healthycampusalberta.ca website and then go to resources or use this search function to type in together all it should take you right to that page with all of the marketing bundle information. So Victoria, one question is coming up here is is there an app? Or is access on mobile devices still through the browser?
It is browser. Yes. So it's a mobile responsive website. So it will work on tablets and mobiles as well. But it's not an app for download.
And then the next question is does the platform allow post secondary institutions students to anonymously connect with other post secondary peers or is connection to all peers using the platform.
So as you saw from the demo, there's a there's a couple of as the member base is global, so it's not just necessarily students. But that being said, there's a couple of ways for students to find other students. So you can see even just in the way they title, the posts, it'll be you know, students struggling with x, y, z, and so naturally, other students, you know, click in there and then sort of they compare notes. So that's sort of one obvious way that students help find other students. The other way is through that group talk about piece. As they start to identify the students, you know, students will self identify as being a student, they can also create kind of a separate group if they ever wanted to around that. They wouldn't. They wouldn't be able to drill down to specifically to sort of say I'm from x y, z, you
specific University and we're looking for other students from my specific University. The reason for that is that we want to keep it higher level to protect anonymity. You can imagine if someone says no, I'm from U of A on on the athletics team, and sort of starts giving away too much information, you know, that that could be identified, and sort of that goes to people remain anonymous. So longer term where we're hoping to go with this platform is to actually be able to, to pre create some groups that people could self SELECT INTO. But they'd be things like, cultural, you know, cultural related groups, or identity based affinity based type grouping, to help people be able to find each other. So it could be, you know, frontline health care workers, for example, it could be a group in itself, and people self select into that, if that's sort of something that they're interested in attending. Or it could be, you know, undergrad students, for example. So sort of ways that we can cut back this going forward. But I will say people, people naturally end up finding each other just based on the concern and sort of the language, they're using the tags, they're using students being the most. Oh, actually, it's one of the easiest ones, for them to find each other.
Yes Victoria, and I'll just mention, there's a couple more questions that we'll get to, but just back to them marketing bundles. So there was a link, I think the dropbox link may be in the presentation, that's the one that's not working. But if you click on the link in the chat that goes to the healthy campus, Alberta site, you can click on all of the different marketing elements, and they're all coming up right now, I just tested all of them in there available. And we'll make sure that we include that link as well in our follow up email so that you have it there.
Okay, so the next question is related to support for international students? Is the resource available? Is it accessible for international students attending our institutions? Can Albertans or students access this service while studying from abroad? And then together with that also, as a question related to support for multiple languages,
the first portion that is yes, you know, where that our students or anyone could access from out of province, assuming that they that first point of entry, that they do have an albertan postal code, that's how we've linked up sort of the eligibility and the back end. Now that is very, obviously very broad, as well. And this sort of comes back to our population health approach in that, you know, we're not going to turn someone away that's looking for support.
yes, so we're also recognizing right now that we may have students that, you know, maybe attending UVA, for example, but because of COVID have returned to their family home in BC, or something like that. And so absolutely, they can attend, or if they've gone through back overseas, there's no, it's not from a geography base. But the the entry point is, is like the Alberta postal code. So that's the key information to provide students, that's how they should register. And the second portion there the languages, sort of right now in English, and, and sort of weave in on that the next sort of broad bucket would be is going to be French. But the piece here as well is less about being able to translate some of the content and and the resources and more ensuring we have enough of a member base able to make that experience really vibrant and really engaging. So for particularly sort of having some some international, you know, languages and dialects and things like that, if we don't have enough of a broad member base that's able to respond to someone in that language, and also have the war guide and clinical piece also able to support that. The last thing we want is someone to join and to post something in Japanese, for example, and we don't have enough of a Japanese peer base to really be able to make that experience valuable for that member. So right now, it's sort of a population based, broadest approach. But longer term, we are looking to sort of expand on that.
Thanks, Victoria. I don't see any other questions at the moment. So I'm going to move ahead, we're three minutes to 11 to closing us out. So thank you so much, Victoria for this presentation this morning. I'm excited to see the numbers of people who are logging in and registering and accessing this platform. Thank you for attending this morning for your participation. We are always wanting to hear feedback on our webinars. So there's a link to a survey here that will also include in the chat box that you can Click on to give us some of your feedback. And then also just want to highlight two of our three of our upcoming webinars. So our next webinar will be February 4, and that is in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an introduction to the new national standard of Canada for mental health and wellbeing for post secondary students. We're really excited looking forward to this webinar will be a presentation free presentation of the standard, as well as a longer conversation time for Alberta post secondary to talk about questions and how you might be looking at implementing the standard. There's also a few other opportunities that other organizations are offering in January around the standards. And those are available on our website.
On March 23 we're excited to have TEND Academy present a webinar on Navigating Through the Fog: Maintaining our Ability to Think Clearly in Times of Crisis. I know registration isn't quite up for that one yet, but that will be coming soon.
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