By Peter Goffin The Canadian Press Thu., May 24, 2018 Lily Eskin has a lot to look forward to. Just wrapping up her undergrad at McMaster University, she has already been accepted into the school’s Masters of Political Science program, secured a scholarship and a job as a teaching assistant. But Eskin is over $30,000 in debt from a bank loan she had to take out to pay for her undergraduate studies. “I just know it’s going to take me a while to repay that, because I’m uncertain how much money I’m going to make,” she said. One of the most pressing concerns for college and university students, as the election nears, is the cost of tuition, say Eskin and others. Hundreds of thousands of students in financial need get tuition money though the Ontario Student Assistance Program each year. In 2017, the Liberals increased the number of grants, which unlike loans do not have to be paid back, awarded to OSAP-eligible students, and made it … [Read more...] about Ontario student voters look for student loan relief, mental-health services
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By Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter Sat., March 24, 2018 Royce White leads the National Basketball League of Canada in scoring with an average 24.7 points a game. That isn’t a shock. But his 5.7 assists per game, which lead the London Lightning, are surprising given that the six-foot-eight former NBA first-round draft pick plays power forward. Those stats would usually catch the attention of NBA scouts and lead to a shot at the world’s top basketball league. It hasn’t been that simple for White, who was diagnosed with anxiety as a teenager. And five years after a series of bitter disagreements with NBA teams over strategies to manage his condition, the 26-year-old White isn’t convinced the league will welcome him back, even as its attitude toward mental illness evolves. The NBA announced last week it would hire a director of mental health and wellness, a significant step for a league that previously addressed mental health under its drug … [Read more...] about NBA makes progress on mental health, but is it ready for Royce White?
By Courtney Greenberg Special to the Star Mon., March 19, 2018 Loizza Aquino wants to talk about mental health — and she’s inviting her peers to join her. The 18-year-old Philippines native started a nonprofit organization called Peace of Mind three years ago in Winnipeg, where she grew up, as a safe space for youth to share experiences and “normalize” the conversation surrounding mental health and suicide. She’s now bringing it to Toronto. “I lost my best friend to suicide. It changed my whole perspective on life in general. I was so young and so was he, and I’d known him ever since I was in elementary school,” she said. “That’s why I created my own nonprofit at the age of 15 because I realized that the things lacking, in terms of mental health, were conversation, awareness and education.” Aquino is now a University of Toronto student and mental health advocate. After hosting four Peace of Mind events … [Read more...] about Peace of Mind aims to create safe spaces for youths to talk about mental health
Ontario colleges are spending $160 million more than they receive from the government to provide mental health services and supports for students — a need that continues to grow and must be addressed, says a new report.The report, released Tuesday, “is highlighting that we are seeing the acceleration of these challenges beyond what we might have expected to see,” said Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario, which represents the province’s 24 public institutions.At a time when general overall funding per student has been declining, colleges are “currently diverting significant funds from general operations and academic programming to provide student at-risk support programs and services,” says the report from Deloitte.“This approach is not sustainable. As a result, colleges have pursued a number of innovations aimed at doing more with less.”Including, it adds, “more proactive and holistic student support to address problems … [Read more...] about Student mental health needs growing, Ontario colleges say
Ontario’s student trustees believe the need for better mental health resources and training at schools is so great they hope to make it an issue in the provincial election this year.With five months until voters go to the polls, members of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association (OSTA-AECO), have done their homework well before deadline. Student well-being and mental health supports are a central part of the “student platform” they will roll out at Queen’s Park on Wednesday on behalf of the 2 million students they represent from public and Catholic school boards.“We hear students talking about it all the time,” says association president Dasha Metropolitansky, a Grade 12 student at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville.The platform, which includes 16 recommendations, calls on the government to mandate and fund suicide intervention and mental health training programs for high school staff and students across the province, at a time of … [Read more...] about Student ‘platform’ calls for more mental health, suicide prevention resources in schools