Student mental health needs growing, say ON colleges

October 12, 2017

Ontario’s colleges say that students’ mental health needs are growing year over year without an accompanying growth in funding. Colleges Ontario President Linda Franklin notes that a recent report by Deloitte “is highlighting that we are seeing the acceleration of these challenges beyond what we might have expected to see.” Franklin adds that colleges are looking for more funds, new pilot projects, and partnerships with the government and community agencies to better co-ordinate services. The Deloitte report notes that half a million students attend colleges in the province, and that “over time, this student population has become increasingly populated by non-traditional students at risk of not completing post-secondary education.” Toronto Star