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Helping Athabasca University students succeed

New mental health funding for Athabasca University will help students get access to quality mental health programs and care.

Improving mental health for Athabasca students

Premier Notley and Minister Schmidt announce funding to support student mental wellness at Athabasca University.

The Government of Alberta will provide $215,000 to the university for each of the next three years to expand and improve mental health supports on campus. The funding is part of $25.8 million the province is investing to protect and improve mental health resources for post-secondary students at publicly funded institutions from 2017 to 2020.

“Strong and accessible post-secondary schools, together with effective and accessible mental health supports, not only help people realize their dreams and build a better life, but they are critical to the economic recovery now underway. That’s why we’re investing in Alberta’s post-secondary schools and investing in the health and well-being of Albertans.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

“Our government’s increased investment in student mental health programs is an important commitment to help students succeed. Mental health challenges have a significant impact on far too many students, and we are making these public investments so all students across the province have access to these programs when they need them.”

Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

In June 2017, the government announced new funding that significantly increases and improves mental health supports for post-secondary students across Alberta.

“Athabasca University applauds the Government of Alberta for its commitment to student wellness. This new funding for Athabasca University ensures we can continue to support our students to ensure they can succeed in their studies."

Vivian Manasc, chair, Athabasca University Board of Governors

“Investing in adequate and accessible mental health and wellness supports for students is crucial to their success and to a healthy campus environment, especially during a time in their life when their mental health is particularly vulnerable.”

Julian Teterenko, vice president, External and Student Affairs, Athabasca University Students’ Union

The 2016 National College Health Assessment survey conducted at 10 post-secondary institutions across the province showed a high incidence of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. With good mental health supports in place, mental well-being is linked to academic achievement, learning, retention and future achievement.

To find out more about this funding and how the government is improving post-secondary mental health and addictions supports, visit Next Steps to Improve Post-Secondary Student Mental Health.

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