Barriers to students receiving mental health support available at postsecondary institutions

January 21, 2021
While many institutions have introduced new or altered mental health supports, an article from The Star describes the challenges that postsecondary students face in reaching the support offered by their institutions. The article discusses barriers to seeking help, such as time constraints, a lack of awareness of supports, and the belief that the stress of being in a postsecondary learning environment is normal. University of Toronto Assistant Professor Chloe Hamza explains that, although postsecondary institutions are working on implementing the Mental Health Commission of Canada standards of caring for students, they still must work on reducing stigma, removing barriers, and highlighting ways students can access support. The Star (National)