Let’s talk for a minute, Western.
The statistics are sobering – if you are age 15-24, you are more likely to experience mental illness than any other age group. That means the vast majority of this campus community is at risk. It is no wonder then that support for mental health and well-being continues to be a priority for Western.
Fortunately, we are witnessing a shift in attitudes – on university campuses and in communities across the country. People are not only willing to talk about mental health, but offer a helping hand to those suffering.
Western reminds you that counselling services are always available to assist students, faculty and staff alike. Explore this Health and Wellness website to learn more.
Four Western community members offer first-hand insights into mental health and how the university, and society, are confronting the issue.
Give a listen. And then, let’s talk.
Listen to Alan
Listen to Alan Leschied, Professor (Faculty of Education) talk about the pressures young people face, why proper resourcing is critical and how we can create caring cultures.
Listen to Cynthia
Listen to Cynthia Gibney, Director (Health Services) debunk some of the myths around mental health and how students can seek support and support each other.
Listen to Rick
Listen to Rick Ezekiel, Interim Senior Director of Student Experience, discuss how Western prioritizes mental health and well-being.
Listen to Melanie-Anne
Listen to Melanie-Anne Atkins, Wellness Coordinator, share some of the important services the Wellness Education Centre offers.
Listen to Vicki
Listen to Vicki Schwean, Dean (Faculty of Education) talk about what Western is doing in the community to help young children and their families grapple with the challenges of mental health.