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For the first time in its storied history, the University of Ottawa will offer the majority of its courses online this fall, meaning the presence of most students on campus is not necessary. Financially for most students, this is great news as they won’t have to rent an apartment or live in residence but if you’re an incoming student and still on the fence about whether or not you should come to campus and live in residence, here’s the case for staying home.

In an overwhelmed healthcare system and at a time of intense pressure in the academic year, our campus mental health services should have an expanded availability to correspond to the potential increase in students experiencing a crisis.

During my first year at university, the administration and one of my professors severely let me down, and I know I’m not alone. Currently, professors at the university are offered mental health training optionally alongside other members of the community. Professors at the U of O need to be given mandatory mental health sensitivity training.

In February, McGill University announced a major investment into the university’s mental health services in the way of a mental health hub. Construction of the $14-million Rossy Student Wellness Hub is expected to be completed May 2019.

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