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University of Calgary Responds to Government of Alberta’s Mental Health Funding Announcement
Calgary, Alberta – This morning the Minister of Advanced Education, Hon. Marlin Schmidt and the Government of Alberta announced their continued commitment to supporting student mental health at the University of Calgary. Students are thrilled with the promised investment of $1 million each year, for the next three years.
“University and college students, who tend to range in age from 18 to 24, are particularly susceptible to mental health concerns and we are happy to see that the Minister recognizes the importance of the on-campus care provided to students at the SU Wellness Centre,” said Branden Cave, President of the University of Calgary Students’ Union.
Funding announced in 2013 allowed the University of Calgary to increase resources, information and training given to health service providers at the University of Calgary. The SU Wellness Centre was able to expand their services to offer after-hours support and add two counsellors and two provisional psychologists which contributed to existing psychological services being expanded by 50%. The counselling team was also able to provide 44 additional hours of direct client service per week.
VP Student Life Hilary Jahelka said, “Students coming back to campus next week will be relieved that the care they have received for the last few years will be able to continue. It is important that these services remain on campus in order for them to be as accessible as possible for our students. The Students’ Union is eager to work with the SU Wellness Centre, the Government of Alberta and the university’s administration to ensure that this funding is used in the highest impact way possible.”
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