U of A innovators leading to better mental health care

This Mental Health Week, we’re highlighting research and new ideas in mental health from the College of Health Sciences

Jon Pullin - 02 May 2022

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Mental Health Week runs from May 2–6 this year and the University of Alberta’s College of Health Sciences is spotlighting 10 of our contributions to mental health innovation and research.

Feelings of overwhelm can be common from the stress of everyday life.

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Here are 10 ways the faculties within the College of Health Sciences are leading mental health research and innovation.

  • An augmented reality app developed by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Rehabilitation Robotics Lab prompts users to think about how they’re feeling on a day-to-day basis. The app features Yaro the dog, who guides users with a series of questions for self-reflection.
  • Evidence suggests that university student-athletes experience poor mental health at higher rates than the general population. To better understand and support mental health in the university sports setting, a Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation research team studied how mentally healthy women student-athletes approached their season.