Carleton sets record for healthy workplace awards with Excellence Canada

Carleton is the first post-secondary school in Canada to receive three Excellence Canada awards for having a healthy workplace environment. This year, Carleton received a platinum-level certification in the Healthy Workplace category and a silver-level certification in the Mental Health at Work category. The finance and administration department also received a gold-level award in the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness category. According to its website, Excellence Canada is a “not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to advancing organizational performance across Canada.” The website stated that the Healthy Workplace category analyzes “the operational elements that affect psychological and physical health and safety,” while the Mental Health at Work category assesses whether an organization is meeting the requirements of the National Standard of Canada […]

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Letter: You can’t love others if you don’t love yourself

Everyone wants to feel wanted. Everyone wants to feel accepted. Everyone wants to be loved. As humans, we crave the intense feeling of affection. Little do we know that it has to come from within. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Do you pick out things that you hate and would change? Or do you see something beautiful, something you love every inch of and would not change for the world? Most people would say they despise their reflection in the mirror and can pick out all of their flaws. We are taught that falling in love is everything. There are chemicals in our brain that show love is literally like a drug. Once we become […]

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Editorial: Mental health is an ongoing commitment

Mental illness often has side effects that are undetectable. It’s important for students to be aware of the well-being of those around them and themselves. But while students are taking the initiative to help those around them, university officials have yet to start their own student awareness week. Each year, the various student associations on campus come together to host a mental health awareness week—why hasn’t the university come out with anything similar? It is essential for Carleton to recognize and educate students on this topic, but more importantly, to show that they are here to support us. A lot is being demanded from students today. School can be a trigger for many students with the workload, homework, and class […]

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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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Editorial: PTSD-affected journalists need better support

It’s an understatement to say that journalism is a difficult career. While local journalists struggle to adapt to shrinking newsrooms, their counterparts reporting from unstable regions are often put into physically dangerous situations. Going from a safe, war-free country like Canada to somewhere like Burma right now, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are facing military violence and fleeing their homes, poses a serious threat to journalists’ mental and physical well-being. Many journalists return from conflict zones suffering and scarred, without the proper outlets to recover. Some even develop post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental illnesses as a result of witnessing and experiencing trauma. The support they receive from their employers upon return is simply not adequate. Journalists who […]

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