How has student mental health changed over the past 15 years?

October 20, 2016

“[M]ore severe cases, more chronic cases and more crises,” is how Tayyab Rashid describes the changes that have occurred in student mental health over the past fifteen years. As a psychologist at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Rashid explains that a key struggle for universities is gaining the cultural competency needed to offer strong mental health supports to an increasingly diverse student body. Dalhousie University Psychiatry Professor Stanley Kutcher adds that issues around grade inflation have created a culture in which anything other than straight A's can provoke a crisis in many students. However, there is hope in the efforts being made by universities to take a more holistic approach to mental health, says Dal Assistant Vice-Provost of Student Affairs Verity Turpin, and this begins with encouraging more collaboration among the different support and resource groups on campus. Globe and Mail