University mental health services slowly growing

September 3, 2013

The Canadian Press reports on the slow yet steady progress being made in mental health services on campus, and points out that a limited amount of funding makes it difficult for smaller institutions to provide the necessary mental health supports for students. Larger universities have the resources and donors required to expand services, such as Queen’s University, which commissioned an extensive report on how to provide students with better supports. The university says approximately half the 116 recommendations have been implemented or are in progress, and that they have seen huge collaboration efforts from other universities as well – including UBC, McMaster and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. However, smaller institutions must be more creative to come up with the resources needed for mental health supports. Mount Allison University, for example, developed a program of student volunteers who offer peer support, and started an online moderated forum where students can share concerns anonymously. Global News (Canadian Press)