When it comes to mental health, Humber needs to change the way it handles its services if they want to provide the support their students need.
“I think that Humber’s intentions are good with its existing [counselling] services, but I don’t believe the school is doing enough for its students.”
This comes from Rebecca Kennedy, 25 and in her second year of the public relations advanced diploma program at Humber’s Lakeshore campus.
Kennedy started off this school year in a bad place with depressive episodes coming and going, questions of dropping out of school and not being able to physically leave her home. She missed classes and her work suffered as a result.
“When I could make it to campus it was difficult to pay attention during lectures. I could feel a disconnect, and I had no idea how to fix it,” said Kennedy. “One morning, after missing another class, I called counselling services because I had reached a point where I knew I needed to speak to someone.”
When she approached counseling services, they were booked and Kennedy was turned away.