Welcome to Mindsight!

Mental illness is a growing public health concern. Currently one in five Canadians will develop a mental illness in their lifetime and most Canadians know someone who has a mental illness; however, stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help. Mental illness is also a growing concern for educational institutions and suicide is the second leading cause of death on post-secondary campuses (COU, 2007 Report on Mental Health Issues in Universities). Mindsight is an online educational resource to reduce stigma by promoting awareness of mental illness, and facilitating a greater understanding of basic strategies and resources for supporting individuals experiencing a mental health challenge. It highlights the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses and also includes self-help strategies; strategies for helping a friend, colleague, or family member; treatment options; and available community resources.

Mindsight takes approximately two hours to complete and you do not have to complete it in one session. To get started, click on the link. There are ten Tabs across the top; each represents a different section in Mindsight: stigma, depression, anxiety, substance use, suicide, self harm, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, psychosis, and trauma. Click on each of the Tabs, scroll down through the information provided and also review the Did You Know, Fact or Myth, and Support sections located on the right hand side. The Support section has been divided into Support and Treatment, and Education Resources. At the end of each of the ten sections there is a quiz (five multiple choice questions based on the material you have just reviewed). By completing each of the quizzes and correctly answering four out of five of the questions (you can do the quizzes as many times as you would like) you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion; click on the Request Certificate button. You will be asked for your name, mailing address, and an email address. Your certificate will be mailed out to you in approximately ten to fifteen business days.

Mental illness awareness has become an important life skill for everyone. By becoming better informed and talking more openly, we can promote greater understanding and work towards eliminating stigma. Please join me in promoting mental illness awareness and complete Mindsight. Together we can make a difference; let’s ensure individuals feel able to seek the mental health support and services they need without the fear of being stigmatized.

Thank you!
Wendy Stanyon
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Collaborative BScN Program
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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MINDSIGHT USER AGREEMENT

This agreement is made among the University of Ontario Institute of Technology on behalf of itself and Wendy Stanyon (jointly the “Website Owner”), the Sponsoring Organization and the user identified in the associated registration (the “User”) relating to the use of a website known as Mindsight.

Background:

a) The website known as Mindsight (the “Website”) has been principally developed by Wendy Stanyon (“Stanyon”) as a part of her work at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (“UOIT”). The Web-site acts as an informational tool in educating people in an organization about mental health issues including common mental illnesses and strategies to deal with those illnesses.
b) The Website has been licensed for use to the Sponsoring Organization identified in the registration material.
c) The User is associated with the Sponsoring Organization and otherwise meets any requirements established by the Organization to use the Website.

Based on the background and in consideration of the mutual promises contained herein, the Website Owner, the Sponsoring Organization and the User agree as follows:

1. Rights Granted

UOIT on behalf of itself and Stanyon and the Sponsoring Organization hereby grant the following rights to the User: a) The right to use a version of the Website customized for the Sponsoring Organization (the “Customized Website”);
b) A licence to use the Website Content and Website Software in connection with the Customized Website;
c) A right to use the Server Software and Server Equipment in order to operate the Customized website.
All of the rights and licences granted in this section shall be non-exclusive to the User and shall only be for the period of this agreement.

2. Use of the Website

a) The Customized Website shall only be used by the User.
b) The User shall not permit any use of the Customized Website other than as permitted in this agreement.


3. Website Security

a) The Website Owner shall be responsible for the security of the Customized Website. In order to permit the User to access certain aspects of the website that would not normally be available to a member of the public, the Website Owner may from time-to-time provide certain user identification and pass-words to the User. The User shall at times be responsible for the safeguarding of such information and only disseminating the same to those who have a need to know the access information.
b) The User shall immediately advise the Website Owner of any breaches of security on the Customized Website or any other circumstances that would give rise to a reasonable concern about the security of the Customized Website.

4. Representations

a) The Website Owner represents that:
i) It has the right to operate the Website and the Customized Website as currently contemplated; and ii) It is able to provide the rights granted to the User hereunder.
b) The User represents that they are legally capable of entering into this agreement.

5. Indemnifications

The User shall indemnify the Website Owner from any claim made by anyone for any matter whatsoever relating to the Customized Website including a claim alleging the gross negligence of the Website Owner. The Website Owner shall provide the User of prompt notice of the existence of any such claim against it.

6. Limitation of Liability

Neither the Website Owner nor the Sponsoring Organization shall have any liability for any aspect of the operation of the Customized Website. The User acknowledges that their use of the Customized Website is being provided without any warranty including any warranty of suitability for any particular purpose.
The User acknowledges having been afforded an opportunity to examine the Website prior to entering into this agreement and agrees that the limitation of liability contained herein is reasonable.
For greater certainty and without limitation, the Web-site Owner shall not be liable for any of the following conditions: the continued availability or uptime of the Customized Website; the material contained on the Customized Website or its suitability for instruction in mental health; any use that any individual may make of the information on the Customized Website; and the band-width or speed of accessing information on the Customized Website.

7. Term and Termination

This agreement shall be in force as long as the Website Owner has an agreement in force with the Sponsoring Organization. The User shall be provided no less than one month’s notice in the event that the agreement between the Website Owner and the Sponsoring Organization is terminated.

8. Miscellaneous

(a) This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties concerning the subject matter hereof.
(b) This agreement may be amended only by writing and signed by both parties.
(c) Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada including its conflict of law provisions.
(d) If any provision in this agreement should be held il-legal or unenforceable by a court having jurisdiction, such provision shall be modified to the extent necessary to render it enforceable without losing its in-tent, or severed from this agreement if no such modification is possible, and other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
(e) A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this agreement or any breach thereof, in any one in-stance, shall not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof.
(f) The provisions of this agreement which require or contemplate performance after the expiration or termination of this agreement shall be enforceable notwithstanding said expiration or termination.
(g) The User shall not assign or otherwise transfer by operation of law or otherwise this agreement or any rights or obligations herein
(h) The relationship between the parties is that of independent contractors and neither User nor its agents shall have any authority to bind Website Owner in any way.
(i) The headings to the sections of this agreement are used for convenience only and shall have no substantive meaning.

By indicating that you accept this license agreement in the associated registration form, this creates a legally-binding contract between you, the User, the Sponsoring Organization and the Website Owner.


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