Mount Allison hosts conference on student mental health

April 30, 2012

In a 3-day conference that concludes today, Mount Allison University and the New Brunswick government have brought together experts and educators to examine issues related to student mental health. Mount Allison president Robert Campbell, who is also the chair of the AUCC Committee on Mental Health, says estimates show that approximately 15% of students have some sort of anxiety or mental-health condition that may need the help of others. He says students are more willing to talk about mental health and attitudes are changing. "In the past we've been more likely to say to people 'buck up or take a couple days off' or give them a kick in the seat of the pants," says Campbell. "But we really know that there are some technical medical issues here that are challenging." NB News Release | Mount Allison News Release | CBC