Students at universities in Ontario will notice improved services for those who are dealing with the stress of post-secondary education. The province has announced that it will be boosting mental health services to promote healthy minds.

“Universities are committed to providing the best possible learning experience for our students and it is vital that we ensure support for students facing challenges from mental health issues,” says Alastair Summerlee, Chair of The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and President of the University of Guelph in a press release. “We commend the government for providing this new level of support for our students.”

COU President and CEO, Bonnie M. Patterson, says Ontario universities are working hard to ensure that students have access to sufficient support to help prevent mental health issues.

“We know that the majority of students are in the demographic most likely to experience the onset of mental illnesses, and so we welcome these government initiatives that will help us provide good care for our future leaders,” says Patterson.

According to Statistics Canada, those aged 15-24 are the most vulnerable to suffer from mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, personality disorders (including eating disorders), first onset psychosis, suicidal behaviours or substance dependence.

The proposed new measures announced this week include a 24-hour telephone hotline for post-secondary students and a centre for innovation in mental health.

Shawn McGuire is a Montreal-born and now Hamilton-based journalist who enjoys covering news in the Steel City. He’s a sports fan, vegan, music enthusiast, & vinyl record lover.

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