Health Promotion Initiatives

Health promotion initiatives

A critical aspect of the work we do involves gathering information from students in order to inform our health promotion initiatives. We strive to be responsive to the needs of our community and these surveys and consultations allow us to learn about the concerns and subjects that are impacting students.

National College Health Assessment

The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is an online survey that collects information about students' habits, behaviours, and perceptions on health topics. It is valid and reliable. Because it is used by many post-secondary institutions across the country, Mount Royal can compare itself to a "Canadian average." The survey is sent out every 3 years and was last administered in the winter of 2019. To request a presentation of the most recent data for your department or class please fill out this form.


Student consultations

In the fall of 2017 we completed student consultations to learn more about student wellness on campus. This process began with a survey distributed in November 2017. Based on what we learned through the survey, we conducted 12 focus groups to gather more details about the sorts of services and supports students are looking for. The results of this process will be used to inform our programming and initiatives and how we communicate with students. They are also being shared widely with other stakeholders on campus.

Request data

To request data from any of our wellness initiatives (NCHA, student consultations, employee consultations or Employee Wellness Survey), please fill out this form.

This tracking allows for organized sharing of data within our community, and helps document the impact that these data have on informing programs and services at Mount Royal.

Well-being in the Learning Environment

During the 2018 Winter semester, Wellness Services collaborated with Nursing 2216 students to help them fulfill the requirements of their community health practicum placement. In response to NCHA data, the topic chosen was "well-being in the learning environment." The goal was to explore the conditions required for students to feel engaged in the classroom, which ultimately positively contributes to their overall mental health.

Preliminary data for this topic already existed as a result of Wellness Services' previous engagements with students. These preliminary findings were used to create a survey that was distributed to faculty who had been recognized by students for effectively incorporating elements of well-being into their classrooms. The faculty members were also asked to participate in an interview to further explore their perspectives on this topic.

Overall, 27 Mount Royal faculty members completed this survey, with 13 of them agreeing to participate in an additional interview. Some themes that emerged were flexibility, social connection, participation, safety and support, reflection, a welcoming environment and self-care.

As a next step, Wellness Services partnered again with Nursing 2216 practicum students in the Spring 2018 semester. A combined student-faculty consultation session ran in May 2018 to validate some of the initial findings.

For more information about this initiative, please contact Erica Roberts at

Steps to Well-being

Steps to Well-being offers students the opportunity to get active!

This program is designed to improve students' health by building confidence, community, better health habits, as well as to reduce levels of stress. It also helps students navigate service offerings available on and off campus with regards to their overall wellness. Also, the program sets the foundation to help students build positive physical activity habits that they can maintain moving forward.

Once you are a part of the program, you will receive five free personal training sessions at the MRU Recreation facility. Also, a complimentary wellness kit full of resources and tools to help kick-start your activity journey!

Visit U216 to determine your eligibility to take part in the program. There are limited spots available and, spots fill up on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information, please email:
Policy and harm reduction

The Healthy Campus Team operates with a harm reduction lens, which means that our number one priority is keeping people in our campus community safe. It also means we recognize that some people are going to use substances like drugs and alcohol and we want to make sure everyone has the education and resources to be safe. We also provide information and support services to people who want to reduce or stop using substances.

Less than half of Mount Royal students know where to go if they are concerned about their own, or a friend's, use of substances. Wellness Services has a variety of professionals, such as physicians, mental health nurses and counsellors, who can help address your concerns and answer questions. These services are all available in U216.

Our professionals in Wellness Services can support you with practical suggestions on effective, alternative approaches to quitting smoking and provide encouragement along the way.

  • Contact the 403.440.6326 to discuss useful methods to make quitting easier with a professional.
  • Visit AlbertaQuits. It's an excellent resource that includes a free, anonymous online support system to help you quit.
  • Don't get discouraged. It's tough to quit, but you can do it!
  • If you are struggling with quitting and you need someone to talk to, call Student Counselling Services at 403.440.6326 and make a free appointment with a counsellor. Or call AHS AlbertaQuits Helpline at 1.866.710.7848. It's also toll-free and confidential.

Designated smoking areas on campus

More resources and tips

There's a lot of conversation right now about opioids, including fentanyl and carfentanil. We are dedicated to making sure that all members of our campus community have the knowledge and tools to keep themselves and others safe.

  • You can sign up for Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training by visiting our Workshops page. If you want to request this training for a specific campus group, please contact Kayleigh Suggett at
  • Naloxone kits are available for free from our campus pharmacy and can also be found in many other pharmacies in the community. This interactive map shows you all the locations where you can freely obtain Naloxone.

President's Task Force on Student Mental Health

Mount Royal University is an institution that cares about the success and the health of our students, and we offer a wide range of student support services. Here are community updates on the implementation for the President's Task Force on Student Mental Health.

Of the original 78 recommendations from the 2013 task force, only 6 recommendations remain; the rest have been satisfied, embedded within institutional work, or removed if no longer relevant. These recommendations will be transitioned to the work of the Healthy Campus Steering Committee.


The Healthy Campus Team is available to give presentations to Mount Royal classes on a variety of student health and mental health topics. We can also present on health education, health promotion, and using research to inform health promotion practice. Data from the NCHA is used to inform these presentations. Please fill out this form to request a presentation.