Mental Health Town Hall

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527 Campus Dr NW

527 Campus Drive Northwest

Arts Lounge

Calgary, AB T2N 4H9

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This town hall will be held in the Arts lounge on the University of Calgary campus. This will be a facilitated space where students can voice their concerns with and recommendations for mental health services and policy on campus. Students' demands will then be researched and solidified into a robust policy document over time. More immediately, however, these demands will be brought to the next UofC Board of Governors meeting to demand change.




Some background:

The majority of students on University of Calgary campus suffer in a way that warrants seeking professional mental health services, "18% of [students] reported having been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition, and 8% of students reported that they had seriously considered suicide."

Tragically, students have completed suicide on campus as well.

These gut-wrenching facts sit in the face of long wait times at our Wellness Centre, limited modalities for mental health treatment, short-term counselling treatment, and too few counsellors from marginalized backgrounds.

Most of these issues can be solved by the University of Calgary's increasing the number of counsellors and implementing a mental health strategy that actually addresses the needs of marginalized groups on campus.

This billion-dollar institution can afford to fund mental health services.

The University of Calgary has over $11.6 million in undesignated money sitting in the bank, according to their 2019 Comprehensive Institutional Plan (p. 29). Meanwhile, updates on the Mental Health Strategy show no significant increase in services.

Administrators will only listen if students organize and make our voices heard. Let's stand together and save lives!


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527 Campus Dr NW

527 Campus Drive Northwest

Arts Lounge

Calgary, AB T2N 4H9

Canada

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