U of Guelph president, faculty check on students’ mental health

The president of the University of Guelph (U of G) and faculty members have been going door-to-door to talk to students in residence, known as the House Calls program, according to the university press release. After four students at the university died by suicide last year, the program began in winter 2017, where the U of G staff, administrators, and volunteers reached out to about 4,700 students living in campus dorms, according to the release. Brenda Whiteside, the associate vice-president of student affairs at the U of G, told CTV that she has never seen this number of suicides in her 18 years on the job. “One suicide would be a problem for us, this is highly unusual,” Whiteside told […]

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Treating invisible wounds: Mental health first aid

Mental illness and mental health are fast becoming part of public discourse, especially on university campuses. “Nearly 200,000 people in Canada alone have been certified [in mental health first aid],” said Mike Pietrus, the director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in Ottawa. So, what is mental health first aid? Mental health first aid (MHFA) was brought to Canada through a project by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, according to Pietrus. MHFA, originally developed in Australia in the early 2000s, is a certification—much like physical first aid—for the public that gives a background in different mental illnesses, and prepares individuals to recognize and respond to mental health crises, Pietrus said. The course is designed to be accessible to […]

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Getting drunk, hammered, smashed, or wasted: Drinking culture and awareness

There are real-life horror stories of students dying from alcohol poisoning and horrific road accidents caused by drunk driving. With all the risks, binge drinking has become a rising concern for North America’s post-secondary students. Know your limits. It’s an old adage, but is there really a way to drill that into students? DID YOU KNOW? Alcohol poisoning, or alcohol overdose, can occur as a result of binge drinking when the body’s blood alcohol level rapidly increases and impairs brain function. —The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism How many drinks constitute a binge? Rachel VanderSluis, a fourth-year Carleton University business student and a student representative for CU Don’t Know, Carleton’s alcohol awareness campaign, said she thinks there is […]

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Why do students drop out of university?

In a time where the price of education is only getting higher, thousands on thousands of students are choosing to discontinue their education, which begs the question: why? “A large number of students who enrol [in university] don’t graduate at the end,” said Andrew Cardozo, a professor at Carleton’s school of journalism and the executive director of the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy, “I think there’s an assumption that a certain amount of students will drop off.” Greg Snell, who spent a semester at Carleton University studying economics, said he pursued a post-secondary education because he was unsure of his future. “You hear everywhere that you need a degree to get a job,” Snell said. “I would like to say […]

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Carleton student unions react to death of man after arrest by Ottawa police

Both the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) released statements expressing their condolences regarding the death of Somali-Canadian Abdirahman Abdi following an altercation with Ottawa police. The GSA statement, released jointly with the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), calls on Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and other local politicians to take action against racism within the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). “This violence by Ottawa police is another brutal example of the racism, anti-blackness, and ableism embedded in the ranks of our city’s law enforcement,” the statement reads. CUSA, in a statement posted on its Facebook page, said the Association was “heartbroken to learn about the passing of Abdirahman Abdi on July 24.” “This terrible tragedy is a […]

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