Universities see urgent need for federal government to follow through on student mental health commitment
This World Mental Health Day, Canadian universities are urging the federal government to follow through on their election commitment in 2021 to establish a student mental health fund of $500 million over four years. This direct funding is needed urgently to provide essential improvements to mental health care on campus for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Post-secondary students are among those most affected by the pandemic. A report published jointly by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in September 2022 reveals that:
- The pandemic negatively impacted the mental health of 3 in 4 students;
- The pandemic worsened students’ pre-existing mental health challenges (74%) and created new mental health struggles (61%); and
- The pandemic disproportionately impacted students who identified as a visible minority, 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, living with a disability, or living with a pre-existing mental health concern.