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Students welcome the Government of Alberta Mental Health Funding Announcement in the Edmonton region

September 11, 2017

Edmonton, Alberta – This morning the Government of Alberta announced their continued financial support for campus mental health in the Edmonton region. By providing $1 million to the University of Alberta, and $360,000 to MacEwan University, each year for the next three years, students are excited to see the continued, multi-year investment for on campus mental health supports.

“Students are incredibly pleased to see this unprecedented support for post-secondary mental health, on campus, across the province,” said Reed Larsen, VP External of the University of Alberta Students’ Union and Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS). “CAUS congratulates the government for their concrete steps toward a predictable and sustainable campus mental health infrastructure on our campuses throughout Edmonton. We look forward to working with them in the coming months on the smooth integration of students with the mental health services they expect.”

While students remain optimistic about the funding received today, there is the continued awareness that this funding has been given to each of CAUS’ institutions based on an unclear funding formula. CAUS has called on the government for mental health funding to be equitable and on a per-student basis, and we will continue to do that. Additionally, we hope to see the services that have been established on campus, remain that way. Campus communities, at times, are the only communities many students know and we want to ensure their mental health supports remain within reach.

VP External of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University, Parvin Sedighi added, “this funding announcement today is certainly encouraging and something about which students should be very pleased. We remain wholly committed to advocating on behalf of students the need for on campus and equitable supports moving forward.”

CAUS is excited moving forward to collaborate with government and administration on next steps as the details of these funding announcements are worked though. We will continue to advocate tirelessly for the outcomes best for students.

For more information contact:
Reed Larsen, CAUS Chair
cell: 780-492-4241
email: chair@caus.net

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