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Laurentian University students recently rejected the opportunity to pay more for increased counselling services on campus.
Now some are questioning why something as fundamental as mental health care became a referendum topic.
“It’s actually a shame,” said Julia Kinna, a second-year social work student.
“But I don’t think it’s a matter of students not wanting to pay. I think students are just frustrated with the fact that it shouldn’t even be a question if mental health services are implemented in schools.”
Kinna voted in favour of increasing the student mental health services fee from $20 to $90.
The money would have gone towards hiring four new counsellors, including: a mental health prevention and education coordinator, substance abuse and addictions coordinator, crisis prevention and management co-ordinator, and a sexual violence prevention and support coordinator.
But the referendum did not get enough student support.
“In my tuition, I pay [$150] for a bus pass that … I don’t use,” Kinna said.
“I’m frustrated that money is going towards something that I’m not using, where it could be redirected towards saving someone’s life.”
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