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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Letter: Campus suicide prevention needs to improve

Since 2010, the suicide rate among young adults has been steadily increasing; however, nobody can accurately say how many of those recorded are student suicides. This year has seen several student suicides across Ontario campuses, including at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, but despite a  plea from medical professionals, neither universities nor local coroners are keeping track of how many campus suicides happen per year. According to Statistics Canada, which only keeps track of suicide rates by sex and age group, approximately 438 individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 died by suicide in 2013, and this number is continuing to increase. Many universities are attempting to focus on mental health awareness, and providing better […]

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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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Guelph U students petition for help in wake of suicides

Four suicides by students at the University of Guelph (U of G) have their peers petitioning to do more to “prevent these tragedies.” The U of G has lost four students to suicide since the start of the fall 2016 semester, causing the community to advocate for additional attention and resources to remedy what has been called a “mental health crisis” on campus. Connie Ly, a former U of G student, has spoken out against the university’s handling of the suicides and has urged the institution to do more. Her call to action came in the form of an online petition titled, “Guelph: Stop Losing Students to Mental Illness.” Within her petition, Ly wrote that she aims to achieve transparency […]

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Carleton music program’s artist-in-residence talks empathy, life in S. Korea

Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture: Music welcomed Korean musician Dong-Won Kim as its fall artist in-residence last week. Kim is a percussionist and a member of The Silk Road Ensemble, led by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has studied many forms of traditional Korean percussion, according to the music department’s website. This is not his first time as an artist-in-residence. Kim said he has completed residencies at the University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and The University of Paris VIII in the past. “We decided to invite Dong-Won Kim because of his extraordinary level of musicianship and his experience as an educator,” said associate professor Jesse Stewart. Kim said he has felt welcomed […]

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