To reduce student stress, Dalhousie lets the dogs in
This comes as Queen’s University released a report making 116 recommendations to increase awareness of campus mental health issues in the wake of a series of student deaths there in 2010 and 2011. Victor Day, a psychologist with Dalhousie’s counselling services, says that psychological problems among students are increasing.
Anxiety is the most common – and it’s not just limited to exam time. “Our busy season is between September and April,” he says. Last year, the service saw 2,158 different students, which is an 8 per cent increase from the year before; enrolment of 19,000 remained steady. “We’re seeing more than 10 per cent of the students per year,” noted Day.
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