University culture must change to support student mental health: Opinion


A recent article from the University of Waterloo discusses how university culture can contribute to the student mental health crisis. St Jerome’s University Professor Dr Maureen Drysdale discusses how “toxic positivity” can place pressure on students to put on an act even though they are struggling, and shares how hustle culture can push students to compete and work against each other rather than fostering a community. Drysdale explains that academic culture must shift to ensure that students can show their true selves, and that the importance of peer support and a sense of belonging is fundamental to this shift.