Demand for youth mental health services on the rise, study finds

Demand for youth mental health services in Canada is on the rise according to a recent investigation by the Toronto Star and the Ryerson School of Journalism. Data collected from youth across the country reveals a dramatic increase in both the number of young people seeking mental health services, and the costs associated with meeting the demand. The study surveyed 15 Canadian colleges and universities, and found that all but one have increased their mental health budgets over the past fivew years, with the average increase being 35 per cent. The investigation also included a major survey of 25,164 Ontario university students by the American College Health Association, which found that between 2013 and 2016, there was a 50 per […]

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Year-end review: Following up on CUSA’s election promises

With the current Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive having completed their term, The Charlatan interviewed former CUSA President Fahd Alhattab to see which promises were kept, and which were broken. Promise: Increased coverage for mental health services. Kept: CUSA has expanded its health and dental plan, which now includes mental health counselling. According to Alhattab, the new plan has increased coverage to $35 per session, up to a maximum of $300. Alhattab said CUSA is working with the Health & Wellness Resource Centre co-ordinator on training for peer-to-peer mental health services, which he said is likely to be implemented this year. He said CUSA has also increased funding for Mental Health Awareness Week, to ensure that students know which […]

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Canadian universities see rise in applications from Americans

Universities across Ontario and Canada have seen a spike in applications from the U.S. following Donald Trump’s election victory. The University of Toronto (U of T) has seen a 70 per cent increase in applications from prospective U.S. students since November compared to this time last year, while McMaster University saw a 34 per cent increase, according to CBC. Andrew Johnston, a Carleton University American history professor, said there are a few potential reasons why Americans would suddenly find Canada a more attractive place to study. “Canadian universities have been doing a lot of international recruiting, and with the cost of American education and the value of the Canadian dollar, it makes a lot of economic sense for Americans to […]

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CUSA holds open consultations on student union building

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held consultations on Nov. 8-9 in order to receive feedback from students on its proposed new student union building. The building would be an extension of the existing University Centre, and is estimated to cost $42 million, with $20 million being paid by CUSA, according to CUSA president Fahd Alhattab. Alhattab said that to pay for the building, future students would see a tuition increase of $40 a semester. To make sure that current students don’t end up paying for a building they will not be able to use, the fee will not be applied until the building is finished. An open consultation held on Nov. 9 was attended by one student. Emma Montgomery, a fourth-year […]

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