Opioids on campus: What are Canada’s post-secondary institutions doing to keep you safe?

Post-secondary students, many who have moved away from home for the first time, have the potential to face all kinds of hazards and dangers. While young adults have been known to experiment with drugs and alcohol while attending school, recent research reveals they are now at greater risk of hospitalization due to opioid overdoses. This means Canadian post-secondary institutions are now tasked with the balancing-act of educating students, while also doing their best to keep them safe from life-threatening drugs. According to a 2016 report co-authored by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 13 people were hospitalized due to an opioid overdose on an average day in Canada in 2014-15. The report also found […]

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Moving in: what to do when your roommate drives you up the wall

When the end of the summer rolls around, many Canadian undergraduate students begin the process of packing their bags and getting ready to live on their own for the first time. However, while some students may bond instantly with their new roommate, some may find themselves sleeping beside their worst enemy. Attending university or college can be regarded as a rite of passage for many young adults. Because of this, students often do a great deal of research before deciding which university program to pursue and where to study it. Part of that research involves deciding where to live while in school. Students studying away from home are likely living in shared residence rooms or in homes with other students. For […]

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Ryerson University’s frosh week focuses on mental health

Ryerson University is taking on a new initiative to address the stressful reality freshman students face when making the transition to university by emphasizing the importance of mental health in their orientation program. According to CBC Toronto, the program began Aug. 27, and will continue until Sept. 9, as many first-year students make the move into the university’s bustling downtown campus. Stephan Allen, a health and wellness events assistant with Ryerson’s fall orientation, said they rebooted the idea from a friend’s unfinished attempt the previous year. “Overall, I just thought it was important for a school as diverse as Ryerson to have something where students can feel represented and feel appreciated for the differences that they may have,” Allen said. Among […]

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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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Guelph U students petition for help in wake of suicides

Four suicides by students at the University of Guelph (U of G) have their peers petitioning to do more to “prevent these tragedies.” The U of G has lost four students to suicide since the start of the fall 2016 semester, causing the community to advocate for additional attention and resources to remedy what has been called a “mental health crisis” on campus. Connie Ly, a former U of G student, has spoken out against the university’s handling of the suicides and has urged the institution to do more. Her call to action came in the form of an online petition titled, “Guelph: Stop Losing Students to Mental Illness.” Within her petition, Ly wrote that she aims to achieve transparency […]

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