Fredericton, NB — Student organizations across the country today released a joint publication on student mental health, titled, Shared Perspectives.
The publication includes contributions from the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS), the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA), and Students Nova Scotia (SNS), and was produced with the support of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
“We are proud to have coordinated this project with our partners,” said NBSA Board Chair Sara Camus. “Mental health is a huge priority for us and access to relevant services on campus remains a challenge for many of our members.”
The publication sheds light on the limited successes and continued challenges facing students across the country with regard to increased access to mental health-related services on campus by featuring case studies from each of the participating provinces.
“Students cannot continue to drive the mental health conversations on campuses without the financial and institutional support by government and the postsecondary sector,” said Robert Burroughs, the NBSA’s executive director. “Failing to ensure the mental health of our youth will be devastating on New Brunswick’s economy and communities across this province and country.”
The NBSA has called on the New Brunswick government to increase spending in mental health by 1 percent per year over the next 5 years to meet the Canadian Mental Health Association’s recommended national level of spending at 9 percent.
Shared Perspectives is the first time that all five organizations have formally collaborated, representing almost 300,000 postsecondary student voices through this publication.
Design by Edward Wojciechowski
Translation by Julien Pitre