Western-partnered mental health clinic earns community backing

Posted on November 28th, 2017

Western students experiencing a mental-health crisis will have access to a confidential walk-in clinic on campus three evenings a week as part of a ‘game-changing’ program funded through the London Community Foundation.

The project is a collaboration among Canadian Mental Health Association-Middlesex (CMHA-Middlesex), King’s University College, Fanshawe College and Western.

“This recognizes the dire need some students have, particularly during high-stress times such as exams and end of semester,” said Cynthia Gibney, Director of Western’s Student Health Services.

“Mental-health issues among young people have become a real problem, not just at Western but at postsecondary institutions across Canada, and we need to provide supports that make sense for them during tumultuous times.”

The University Students’ Council (USC) sought the partnership after recognizing the value of services offered at the Walk-in Crisis Centre operated by CMHA-Middlesex, said Mac McIntosh, USC Student Programs Officer.

The crisis clinic on Huron Street has become a lifesaver to Londoners in distress and, at the same time, has reduced pressure on hospital emergency departments.

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