Mental Health in post secondary schools is a topic which many say should not be taken lightly. Lethbridge College staff and students had an opportunity this morning to workshop ideas alongside the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Karma Black who is the Accessibilities coordinator for Lethbridge College says she is seeing these issues more and more each year.
"In the last five years I've seen a spike in the number of students registering with the accessibility services that have psychological disabilities, some of those caused by chronic stress in their lives. So, by promoting good student mental health I'm hoping to reduce the number of students registered with our office, reduce the number of students that are impacted in post secondary education because of poor mental health. I guess maybe I'm trying to work myself out of a job, but I'd really like to see students be successful in a post secondary environment."
Seventy Five percent of first-time mental health diagnoses occur between the ages of 16 and 25.