Universities should consider mandatory, preventative mental health training for students: Opinion


In an article for University Affairs, Eloïse Fairbank (Concordia University) argues that Canadian universities should implement mandatory mental health training for students. University students face worsening stress levels, writes Fairbank, but there remains a notable gap between the mental health services offered on campus and student engagement in these offerings. The author explains that this could be due to several factors, including poor awareness of or access to the services, and asserts that mandatory mental health training–modelled similarly to academic integrity compulsory modules–would provide students with dedicated and protected time to learn about stress and wellness. The writer concludes that this preventative action could significantly improve student mental health levels throughout the university journey.

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