GSA petitions for better mental health care

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) has launched a petition demanding improved mental health services for graduate students. According to Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, the GSA’s vice-president (operations), the petition arose from discussions between executives and the GSA’s Political Action Committee. Owusu-Akyeeah said these improvements are something the GSA has been working on for years. She said the GSA decided to launch a petition with five demands to address a “mental health crisis” at Carleton, and show that graduate students especially need adequate services to address the issues they’re going through. The petition’s demands are: hiring a counsellor specifically for graduate students, providing a waiting room and counselling space that graduate students can access that is separate from the undergraduate space, funding a peer […]

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U of T delays decision on mandated-leave policy

The University of Toronto (U of T) recently withdrew a proposal for a policy that would allow the university to put students with mental health issues on a mandatory leave of absence, according to a news release. Sandy Welsh, vice-provost (students), said in the release the mandated leave would be considered for extremely rare cases where the student is experiencing a mental health crisis so severe that it is in their best interest to put their studies on hold and focus on their recovery. However, following a letter and request from the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) for the university to take more time to review the policy, it was withdrawn, according to the release. “The OHRC is concerned that the […]

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Creative writing blog: Fostering wellness while living with stress

“What have you done for wellness this week?” If I’m being honest with myself, probably nothing. I’m stressed out of my mind and I get next to no alone time to decompress at the end of each day. I am pushing my boundaries farther than they have ever been pushed before. Yet, every week, here we are at this question and I spew out some bullshit answer like “I organized my schedule” or “I spent time catching up with friends!” Just because I can answer the question does not mean that I am well. I suppose I should be honest, that is the whole point of the question after all, but no one  wants an honest answer when they ask. […]

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Student campaigns for mental health, accessibility

Falum Gibson is a former political science student who left Carleton in January due to mental health issues. However, after leaving the university, Gibson was unable to find accessible housing to meet her needs, resulting in “Falum’s Fight for Fair Mental Health Care”—Gibson’s online campaign calling for better mental health care and more accessible housing.  On Jan. 15, Gibson published a blog post on the initiative’s website, calling for readers to join the “#FalumsFight” movement. In the post, she explained that she suffers from borderline personality disorder, a severe mental illness that causes emotional instability. “Throughout the school year, I have struggled with intense suicidal ideation,” Gibson wrote. “Over the past few months, I have been in and out of the hospital trying […]

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Editorial: Students should be made more aware of concussions

Despite efforts to better protect players against concussions, there needs to be more focus on educating Carleton students on the symptoms and dangers that come with concussions. Also called traumatic brain injuries, these injuries can often manifest themselves in the most unexpected situations. These types of injuries can also happen outside of sports, following a fall or  a car crash. or other situations where the head receives a violent bump. With around 6,000 people at Carleton taking part in on-campus team sports alone, there are many students at Carleton who are at risk of getting a concussion during their time at university. Although varsity athletes receive training on concussions, those participating in other sports activities on campus, do not receive […]

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