(Canada) Ontario colleges deal with more mental health issues

Aug 13, 2017, Toronto Star: ‘We’re not a treatment facility’: The struggle for campuses to provide students mental health care Demand for mental health services at Ontario universities and colleges has reached an all-time high. With another wave of students about to begin a new academic year, the pressure on campus health providers shows no signs of diminishing. And schools are struggling to keep up. More than ever before, students are being referred by campus health staff to services off-campus. School and government officials say it’s a necessary step to handle the volume and complexity of student needs. But mental health advocates and students themselves say transitioning from on-campus to off-campus mental health services can leave major gaps in care, forcing students to navigate a confusing system in a sometimes strange city, often with the added barriers of long wait times and high financial costs.

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