Mental Health

Although telling a first-year student who can barely take care of themselves to get a plant may seem odd, there is a simple reason for it—plants have many benefits, and act as more than just cute dorm decorations. This was something that over 50 students learned about at Community Life Service’s (CLS) Green Festival Indoor Plant Workshop, run by the University of Ottawa’s Health Services (UOHS) on March 2.

Research by U of O prof to produce new detection algorithms Social media could soon be put to good use when it comes to detecting possible mental illness, according to research by University of Ottawa Engineering and Computer Science professor Diana Inkpen and her team. The project will use data collected from social media websites …

Throughout the play, Tessler portrayed herself, as well as the other people who were along for her mental health journey, including her parents and doctors. She demonstrated many typical experiences one goes through when dealing with mental illness, but still kept it uniquely her own, with singing and dancing, as well as personal anecdotes of how she dealt with the experience.

Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the law that made doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients illegal, something that has already been legal in countries like the Netherlands since 2000. In recent years, European countries including the Netherlands have also made doctor-assisted suicide available for people suffering from mental illnesses as well …

One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives and young people are particularly vulnerable. University of Ottawa President Allan Rock looks back at his own experience, when he was an undergraduate, in hopes of encouraging students who are struggling to seek the help that is available on campus. …

Why students should have a month before they’re marked Photo: Kim Wiens Most professors give some sort of assignment in September, but they shouldn’t. Many of these September assignments are referred to as midterms, yet they often seem to occur only a week or so after students have purchased their  textbooks. A professor should only …

Last year, two University of Ottawa students began what they hope will be the “unifying” initiative for student athletes in need of mental health resources. Women’s basketball shooting guard Van Slingerland who went through her own mental illness two years ago, and co–founder graduate Samantha DeLenardo are now hosting Make Some Noise in order to educate coaches, athletes, and sports administrative population about Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI).

We expect ourselves to be the best nation at any competition, but must we tarnish the names of young athletes, some of which who just received their driver’s licence? Next time Team Canada does not perform well at the World Juniors, look at Twitter, web forums, and articles for comments about the tournament. The vitriol aimed at the young men who proudly represent us to the best of their ability is sickening.

New initiative aims to help student athletes living with mental illness Photo credit: Tina Wallace Two former university athletes work together to combat issues with mental health in sports. Former University of Ottawa student Samantha DeLenardo and current Carleton University student Krista Van Slingerland launched the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) on March 15 in …

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