A profound number of post-secondary students struggle with mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, relationship issues, and suicidal ideations. In response, PositiveU was created as a proactive measure to support student mental health and wellbeing at the University of Alberta. PositiveU programming aims to build resilience within the student body in order to enhance individual ability to cope with post-secondary life, improve overall campus mental health and wellbeing, and over time, reduce the number of mental health crises seen on campus.
PositiveU was created by Jason Murray and Dr. Erica Dunn, psychologists at Counselling & Clinical Services. A team of student volunteers aids in the creation and delivery of PositiveU programming.