Mental health support creates growing list of options for Canadian PSE students

January 19, 2016

A unprecedented demand for mental health support in PSE has inspired many Canadian schools to find new ways to help students, writes the Toronto Star. In recent years, it has become commonplace for institutions to embrace campus-wide mental health strategies, which aim to address everything from the risks of suicide to the anxiety that students feel at exam time. Just as the spectrum of mental health challenges is diverse, so are the methods that schools have used to address them. These methods vary from embedded counsellors to sessions where students can pet a live python for comfort. As the article notes, “the Ivory Tower is becoming a kinder, gentler, more emotionally nurturing institution because colleges and universities now see student mental health as part of their job. These long-standing citadels of the cerebral say they now recognize the mind can’t learn if the heart is troubled—and they have picked up the challenge.” Toronto Star