Student advocates share ideas on post-secondary mental health services

Professors’ attitudes, better service advertising key to success, students say at conference.

Alexis Lahorra was already going through a tough time when she arrived at Concordia University. In the months before her first year began, she had become the target of cyberbullying. University brought its own stresses and strains. Lahorra stopped going to class. She knew she needed help, but she didn’t know where to turn.

“I was so confused about the school’s mental health services,” Lahorra said. “It’s not because the services weren’t there. I didn’t know how to connect to them.”

Lahorra is one out of 200 post-secondary students, from 60 Canadian colleges and universities, who attended the annual summit for youth mental health in Toronto last week. Student voices have become vital in the search for improved access to mental health care in Canada.

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