UWaterloo creates advisory committee on mental health in wake of student suicides

The University of Waterloo (U of W) is establishing an advisory committee on mental health, according to a Mar. 27 press release from Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of U of W. The creation of the committee came as a response to a widespread call for improvement to U of W’s mental health services after a student died by suicide on Mar. 20, and an earlier suicide in January. The committee will be responsible for “guiding a listening process that will seek to gain further input from our local community, other institutions and external experts,” the release said. Matthew Grant, director of media relations at U of W, said the committee will “allow people to bring forward ideas, comments and concerns that […]

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Resources lacking for student mental health services

The Ontario University and College Health Association (OUCHA) published their results from a survey of students this past spring, which found 65 per cent of Ontario students felt overwhelming anxiety in the previous year. The survey, titled the National College Health Assessment (NCHA), was sent to students at 41 schools across Canada. CBC reported that Meg Houghton, president of OUCHA, said the amount of students seeking mental health services on campuses in Ontario has become a “major crisis.” “Many of us who oversee counselling services describe our day as using a finger to stop a flood and the demand for our services far outstrips our capacity to support students,” she told CBC. Carleton University mental health nurse Patty Allen said […]

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