North Island College has announced the launch of a pilot project that will focus on supporting the mental health of students in the trades. Through the two-year project, NIC will provide resources, a dedicated facilitator, and networking opportunities so that students continue to have support after graduating from the program.

The college explains that the pilot program targets students in the trades because of the unique mental health challenges this demographic can face.

“It’s very important that this is approached based on student feedback and engagement,” said NIC Dean of Trades & Technology Cheryl O’Connell. “It’s about being responsive to, and consulting with students and to work together to identify needs, challenges, and opportunities with a focus on personal well-being.”