CBC recently released an article about the increase in support needs for Ontario students attending University. Below are statistics that were highlighted in the article:
65 per cent of students reported experiencing overwhelming anxiety in the previous year (up from 57 per cent in 2013).
46 per cent reported feeling so depressed in the previous year it was difficult to function (up from 40 per cent in 2013).
13 per cent had seriously considered suicide in the previous year (up from 10 per cent in 2013).
2.2 per cent reported attempting suicide in the last year (up from 1.5 per cent in 2013).
Nine per cent reported attempting suicide sometime in the past (not restricted to last year).
These numbers are scary. This issue can no longer be dismissed or swept under the rug. Universities need to recognize that students need assistance.
“I don’t want to be too hyperbolic, but the truth is, lives are at stake,” said Meg Houghton, president of the Ontario University and College Health Association
To read the full article, visit http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/mental-health-ontario-campus-crisis-1.3771682