University of Guelph receives $770,000 to enhance mental health programming

Programs promoting mental health and wellness among students, particularly those with aboriginal backgrounds, has received a big funding boost at the University of Guelph. Local MP and Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals on Friday announced more than $770,000 in funding to U of G for the initiatives. Sandals said in an interview the late-teens and early 20s is often a difficult intermediary period for people and needs to be addressed. It’s a time when serious mental health issues can surface, with the funding intended to address this. “This really is wonderful news,” university president Franco Vaccarino, noting he has a background and interest in mental health services, so the issue is close to his heart. He’s a former executive vice-president of programs and research vice-president at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He praised the government’s proactive approach as “forward looking.” Young people in transition in their lives face “uncertainty and stress,” Vaccarino said.

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