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Post- Secondary Students respond to the Government of Alberta’s Funding Announcement Regarding Campus Mental Health

June 20, 2017

Edmonton, Alberta – This morning the Government of Alberta announced their intention to dramatically improve post-secondary mental health in the province. By providing $8.9 million in this first year, and $25.8 million over three years, students can be assured that their campus mental health supports will be equitable and sustainable in the coming years.

“It’s great to see a commitment to campus mental health and the well being of students,” said Reed Larsen, VP External of the University of Alberta Students’ Union and Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS). “We are very pleased that government has made this a priority over a long period of time.”

The result of the Advisory Panel of Post-Secondary Mental Health has provided some solid steps forward for the wellbeing of students and their supports on campus. Not only are we seeing an increase in funding and a commitment to maintaining services, but there has been the acknowledgement that student aid polices need to be responsive to mental health concerns and the importance of funding to support Indigenous students’ mental health. Further, we are thrilled to see consistent and long term funding for the Healthy Campus Alberta Community of Practice, which does incredibly important work supporting students on campus.

VP External of the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union and Vice Chair of CAUS, Conner Peta said, “continued and equitable campus mental health funding is crucial moving forward, our students will be thrilled to know that their campus mental health supports will not be reduced. That being said, we eagerly await the specific funding announcements for each of our institutions to provide more detail.”

The Council of Alberta University Students will continue to work with government and institutions to ensure that students are involved in the process moving forward.

For more information contact:
Joshua McKeown, CAUS Interim Executive Director
cell: 780-297-4531
email: josh@caus.net

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