For years, the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario has called for greater and more sustainable investment in psychotherapy and other support services in response to what many believe is a mental health crisis on campuses across Ontario.
Currently, $9 million per year goes to mental health services and supports for postsecondary students.
"The stories submitted to our review made it clear that essential mental health services need an urgent increase in funding along with a review of where those funds are spent", says People's Mental Health Report author Marianne Elliott, "and we are pleased that the Government has responded by acknowledging the problem".
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately one in five children ages 13-18 in the US experience a severe mental disorder in a given year, and mood disorders are the third leading cause of hospitalizations for Americans aged 18-44. The County's Behavioral Health Division (BHD) will launch a month long campaign created to foster conversations about mental health care, reducing stigma and breaking down barriers for individuals to seek support.More news: Red Sox permanently ban fan for racial slur at another fan
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"With the knowledge we have, we feel we have the potential to change that trajectory for the children suffering from mental health issues", she said. Engaging people in conversations about mental illness is important at every stage of recovery. Most likely someone you know struggles or has a family member who struggles with and/or treats the symptoms of a mental health disorder. We are better able to cope with challenges and negative experiences.
SHCC will soon be moving into a new building that's located on the main drag of campus.
Ensuring there are strong programs and services to help these students must be a priority. "Now, I use a planner, and schedule reminders in my phone. We want our health, justice, education and welfare systems to work in an integrated way to promote mental health and do more to prevent mental illness arising". "I do this only if I know it won't stress me out more to miss that day in class", said the anonymous student.
Finish the week on Friday morning from 10am-12pm chatting about your health and happiness with Connect for Health- who can link you to local health and wellbeing services- and Creative Practitioners from Mental Health Team.