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Ontario colleges and universities are facing a mental health crisis as campus counsellors are overwhelmed by the growing need for services. The Ontario University and College Health Association (OUCHA) published the results from a survey of more than 25, 000 students that suggests rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as suicide attempts are up since 2013.
The survey brings attention to the inadequacies of the current care systems in place and demonstrates the necessity for greater investment in campus mental health. Students in crisis are often unable to access services because of wait times and disconnected care networks.
Yet student advocates from across the province have stepped up to address the need.
“Universities are finding themselves overwhelmed. Student associations are finding themselves trying to fill the gap,” said Carlton University Student Association President, Fahd Alhattab, who supports OUCHA’s call for provincial help.
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