(Canada) Ontario: Colleges spending $160M on mental health services for students

Oct 11, 2017, Our Windsor (Ontario, Canada): Student mental health needs growing, Ontario colleges say Ontario colleges are spending $160 million more than they receive from the government to provide mental health services and supports for students — a need that continues to grow and must be addressed, says a new report. The report, released Tuesday, “is highlighting that we are seeing the acceleration of these challenges beyond what we might have expected to see,” said Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario, which represents the province’s 24 public institutions.... The report notes that half a million students attend colleges in this province, and “over time, this student population has become increasingly populated by non-traditional students at risk of not completing post-secondary education,” in particular students with learning and mental health disabilities, mature students, and those who are the first in their family to go beyond high school studies. … “There is no disputing that this is a huge issue on campus, right across our province,” she said in a statement to the Star. …

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