Study finds students stressed, exhausted, not partying

June 17, 2013

Students at PSE institutions across Canada are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed, according to a new report. The study, considered the first-ever nationwide health survey of PSE students in Canada, was presented at a conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. The findings will help create greater awareness of the need for more robust mental health supports for students. The survey also found that a surprising number of students were not engaging in the stereotypical PSE party scene, although their opinions of fellow students are skewed in that direction. Some of the reasons given for the increase in mental health issues are tuition increases, job anxiety, and a lack of support systems when students leave home to attend PSE institutions. The study’s authors would like to reach out and connect with other researchers so that more work can be done to determine the factors responsible for students’ health issues and examine what can be done to help them. Toronto Star

Postscript: June 20, 2013

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) has issued a response to a recent report on the health of Canadian students, underlining the fact that mental health issues on campuses can no longer be ignored. Recognizing that student stress comes from a variety of sources, including finances, CASA chairperson Amanda Nielsen states the need for government involvement, by “helping them make ends meet, and better funding mental health supports on campuses.” CASA Media Release