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May 2017

Exploding Demand for College and University Mental Health Services

May 31
A study published in the Toronto Star May 29, 2017 indicates the demand for youth mental health services is exploding.
 
A major survey of 25,164 Ontario university students by the American College Health Association showed that between 2013 and 2016, there was a 50-per-cent increase in anxiety, a 47-per-cent increase in depression and an 86-per-cent increase in substance abuse. Suicide attempts also rose 47 per cent during that period. 
 
On average, the number of counselling appointments increased by 35 per cent.  Because of budget constraints, McMaster University psychiatrist Dr. Catharine Munn said, “We have line-ups out the door and down the hall despite hiring more counsellors, we’re drowning.”
 
The study found there has been a 344-per-cent...

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