Helping Ontario's colleges and universities enhance capacity to support student mental health and well-being

Schools look to address mental health effect of student debt...

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Many of this year’s new post-secondary graduates have left the academic world carrying tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Meantime, those heading to college and university this fall will soon contend with steep tuition rates that often result in a similar burden. While schools attempt to lessen the load by offering financial aid, average student debt appears to be climbing. So some...


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UBC’s student society approves creating service to help students...

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The student society at the University of B.C. has approved the creation of a new service for students to help those who are having problems with alcohol, substance use and technology use. Hussam Zbeeb, the student services manager for the AMS, said the service, named Vice, will see trained volunteers providing support for a range of issues students might have around these three areas,...


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Talking it out ‘I just feel less alone’: how Tumblr became...

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Mea Pearson, a 24-year-old with borderline personality disorder, first confronted the world of online therapy after returning home from being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, a mental illness characterized by unstable moods, behavior and relationships, in 2012 – a conclusion doctors reached after she attempted suicide. Vulnerable, and grappling with the new diagnosis,...


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N.S. university student felt pressured to sign ‘gag order’...

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It's called a "wellness agreement" and one student at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax wants it changed. Last September, Brody Stuart-Verner says he started having suicidal thoughts. He ended up in the university's Residential Life Office, where he had to sign the agreement. "The residence life manager promptly put the pen and the piece of paper in front of me and I was given...


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Save the games: Mental health fundraisers shouldn’t be fun...

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In high school, I took part in a very well-meaning fundraiser called Homeless Awareness Night. Basically, a bunch of teenagers were sponsored to sleep outside of the school, all night. We built forts out of old refrigerator boxes, dressed in pilled trench coats from the local Salvation Army, and indulged in various clichés of Depression-era boxcar hoboism. I cooked a can of beans over an...


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Youth with special needs demand a say in decisions affecting their liv...

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Rana Nasrazadani loved her elementary years, but high school was “the first low point in my life.” Teachers didn’t speak to her directly about her marks or assignments, recalls the 19-year-old. Instead they talked to the educational assistants she relied on because of her physical disability and special learning needs. When it came to accommodations she needed in the classroom,...


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