Services Support Students' Mental Health
November 10, 2017
King’s is part of collaborative that was awarded a $238,000 grant over three years for student crisis support, education and connections to community resources.
The Community Vitality Grant is provided by the London Community Foundation and will go directly towards supporting the mental well-being of students at all Western and Fanshawe campuses.
This is first of kind partnership in province and is line with a recent Council of Ontario Universities’ report on mental health.
One of the new initiatives will be an after-hours mental health walk-in clinic. The walk-in clinic for students will be staffed by crisis counsellors, with peer-support volunteers in the reception area. The clinic is free to undergraduate and graduate students. There will also be satellite clinics at King's University College and Fanshawe College. The clinics will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from Nov. 21 to Dec. 14, and will resume next semester.
Post-secondary campuses in London have partnered with Canadian Mental Health Association to create and support a continuity of care. This new partnership is filling essential gaps in service, with clearer communication to help students find the right service.