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Ontario Government Takes Action on Campuses to Support Student Mental Health

More Funding to Reach More Postsecondary Students

February 3, 2020

What’s it like to be a non-drinker at a Canadian university?

Alcohol is seen as a big part of student life, but plenty of students choose not to partake

November 29, 2019

by Stacy Lee Kong Nov 27, 2019   St. Francis Xavier University student Hillary Downey has never had a drink. Not with high school friends, not as a special treat to ring in the new year, not even when she got to university.   “I have never consumed alcohol in my life,” the 23-year-old says. “Partially,...

Youth not employed or in school face poorer mental, physical health: study

The Canadian Press

November 15, 2019

Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:53AM EST OTTAWA – A new study is offering what it calls a rare look at the health and psychological impacts endured by Canadian youth who are not working, training or studying.   The Statistics Canada research says 11.1 per cent of youth surveyed between 2015 and 2017 found themselves...

Ontario Supports Innovative College Partnerships

New Policy Ensures High Quality Student Learning

November 15, 2019

November 12, 2019 11:15 A.M. Ministry of Colleges and Universities   BROCKVILLE — The government is cutting red tape and removing barriers so Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges can create innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships to provide all students with high-quality education and training that prepares them for Ontario’s workforce.   Minister Romano was at St. Lawrence...

Students are lonelier than ever

Loneliness is a silent resident on post-secondary campuses. Why aren’t we talking about it?

November 14, 2019

by Mariyam Khaja Oct 29, 2019   On a warm Friday evening in early September, the city around Fatima Khan is alive. People spill onto the streets, milling about with friends, or head to a bar to grab a drink. Many of her peers, no doubt, are off doing the same.   But she, inside her...

Lonely, burned out, and depressed: The state of millennials' mental health in 2019

Hillary Hoffower and Allana Akhtar Oct 10, 2019, 7:30 AM

November 14, 2019

As part of World Mental Health Day, Business Insider took a look at the mental-health state of millennials (defined by the Pew Research Center as the cohort turning ages 23 to 38 in 2019). It doesn’t look pretty — depression and “deaths of despair” are both on the rise among the generation, linked to issues such...

Ontario More Than Doubles Mental Health Funding for Students

November 14, 2019

Province announces series of initiatives to deliver front line services October 10, 2019 11:11 A.M. Ministry of Education   TORONTO — On World Mental Health Day, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced an investment of nearly $40 million, more than double the funding from 2017-18, to advance student mental health in partnership with education groups. The...

Connecting students to resources when they need help

September 5, 2019

By Anne Papmehl, Mediaplanet Funded by the Ontario Government, ConnexOntario provides free and confidential information on services and support for people dealing with alcohol and drug addiction, mental illness and problem gambling.   “For post-secondary school students — especially those in first year — adapting to a new city, heavy course workload, and being away from...

Summer sessions for student mental-health program offer consistent care

August 9, 2019

By: Sean Patrick Young – CBC News   Health PEI says aim is to fill summertime gap in mental-health care for youth   The expansion of a mental-health program aims to help students and their families through the summer months.   The student well-being mental health walk-in clinics run by Health PEI launched this week...

New study shows dramatic rise in Ontario teens visiting ER for self-harm

June 14, 2019

The number of Ontario teens visiting a hospital emergency department for self-harm more than doubled over nearly a decade, according to a new study that researchers say shows rising demand for mental health supports in the province.   The study, published this week in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, also found the rates of visits...
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