“Inside the Mental Health Crisis Facing College and University Students” examines the causes of psychological distress amongst postsecondary students, the ways in which the higher education system exacerbates these issues, and outlines ways postsecondary institutions can reorient their approaches to supporting students with their mental health needs.
Financially stressed, traumatized, and worried about their futures, the article brings life to some of the harrowing experiences students face as they attempt to navigate through higher education. It demonstrates how the services available on many campuses are not meeting students’ needs and can often increase anxiety and depression.
Published in The Walrus, the article was written by journalist Simon Lewsen and features photos by documentary photographer Chloë Ellingson. This is the second article published with the financial support of OCUFA’s Mark Rosenfeld Fellowship in Higher Education Journalism. The Fellowship is designed to support those wishing to pursue in-depth investigative reporting on higher education in Canada.
The Fellowship was recently renamed to recognize Mark’s formative work as OCUFA’s Executive Director. It was during his tenure that the Fellowship was created. Mark understood the crucial role that investigative journalism plays in highlighting important issues and informing public policy discussions, especially as they pertain to postsecondary education.