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(Canada) Atlantic universities appoint "regional mental health coordinator"

Oct 16, 2017, Ottawa, Canada, University Affairs: Atlantic universities appoint a regional coordinator to support student mental health http://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/atlantic-universities-appoint-regional-coordinator-support-student-mental-health/ New position announced at an Association of Atlantic Universities’ conference on mental health held at Mount Allison University. Universities in Atlantic Canada are taking a regional approach to address the urgent need for improved mental health services on its campuses. The Association of Atlantic Universities, representing 16 universities, has appointed Elizabeth Cawley as the full-time regional coordinator to support student mental health initiatives. The new position was announced at an Atlantic Canadian Conference on Student Mental Health held at Mount Allison University on October 4. Dr. Cawley brings a personal perspective to the role, having suffered from mental health issues throughout her high school and university years. Diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety in Grade 10, she said she understands the stigma attached to individuals suffering from mental illness and the struggles students face to achieve academically. Some of the most prevalent issues facing students today are anxiety and depression caused by such stress factors as school work and exams, financial pressures, roommates, being away from home for the first time, relationships and sexuality. “Students are facing issues they’ve never had to face before,’’ she said. “There needs to be more emphasis placed on preparing students emotionally and not just academically.”...