Carleton pilots online mental health service

Carleton’s Health and Counselling Services will be piloting Therapy Assisted Online (TAO)—an online self-help and mental health support program—over the course of the academic year. The platform provides online counselling and self-help modules to students unable or unwilling to go to the university’s Health and Counselling Services, according to Michelle Baulch, a TAO counsellor and assistant manager of student success and advising. She said Carleton launched the service in late October. According to Baulch, students requested the service and Carleton’s student mental health framework—which was updated last year—recommended online support. “We know that not all students need face-to-face counselling so, we really wanted to make sure that we were offering different kinds of support for different kinds of needs,” she […]

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Porn problems: Is porn making us less intimate?

In today’s digital culture, satisfying one’s pornography craving is as simple as completing a quick Google search or visiting popular streaming sites such as Pornhub. Pornhub, which has become one of the most recognized and successful porn websites in the world, keeps its own metrics on traffic to its website. In 2016 alone, the site had 23 billion visitors, which accounted for 64 million per day. People are consuming porn at a rapid rate. In fact, according to Pornhub, Canada falls fourth on its list of the top 10 countries when it comes to per capita page-views. Free and easy access Through the internet, pornography has become easily accessible, with much of it being available instantly for free. While many […]

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Midterm reviews: checking in with the GSA on their election promises

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With the current Graduate Students’Association (GSA) executive halfway through their term, The Charlatan interviewed GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah on the progress that has been made so far on their campaign promises. Promise: Introduce an ongoing graduate student survey to provide feedback on the GSA’s services. Ongoing: GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah said the GSA has decided to release the survey at the end of this academic year. According to Owusu-Akyeeah, offering an end of year survey would present students with an opportunity for deeper reflection because they would have a full year of experience using the GSA’s services. Owusu-Akyeeah said questions would focus on topics such as support for student parents and student engagement through Carleton’s political processes. She added that the […]

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Bridging the gap: Resources for men who have been sexually assaulted

One in every eight men has been a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime, according to Rick Goodwin, the founder and clinical director of Men and Healing, an Ottawa-based organization that provides sexual trauma therapy for men. But when considering experiences of childhood sexual abuse, he said that number becomes one in six. Goodwin added that male victims of sexual assault are less likely to report their experiences than women, and there are limited resources specifically for men. And yet, he said the issue of sexual violence against men tends to be swept under the rug. “As a man you’re supposed to be strong, powerful, in control. But the fact is, there are male victims out there and they’re […]

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Carleton remembers Janice Elliott

Janice Elliott, a longtime employee at Carleton, passed away on the morning of Sept. 9 after a battle with cancer. For 27 years, Elliott was a strong presence on the Carleton campus. As shown in the memorial guest book at the Paul Menton Centre (PMC), visitors referred to her “positive attitude” and “beautiful spirit.” Others make mention of her special laugh—a laugh that could be heard throughout the building, according to PMC director Larry McCloskey. Bruce Hamm, the student services administrator at the PMC, said throughout her career at both Health and Counselling Services and the PMC, Elliott was always available for a conversation. “Students would come to the PMC just to spend time with Janice—to share a laugh or […]

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