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Mental health services on campus

October 22, 2012

Mental health services on campus
Dr. Gail Hutchinson, Director of Western's Student Development Centre.

University life can be a challenge for your son or daughter. While adapting to a busy campus, he or she is juggling academic and financial demands, as well as career choices. These pressures can contribute to stress and may lead to mental health issues.

That’s why Western provides mental health services to all students. “Western is a caring community,” says Dr. Gail Hutchinson, director of the Student Development Centre (SDC). “We offer many ways for students to connect to support services that assist them to achieve their goals.”

Through trained staff and volunteers, the SDC helps thousands of students every year, by providing psychological and learning skills services, as well as support to students with disabilities and to international and indigenous students.

According to Gail, parents play a positive role in recognizing the signs of mental health issues. “If your child is acting differently, quieter or more anxious, or avoiding contact, then you should ask questions, provide support and offer information about where to get help - without being intrusive,” she says.

The key is talking to others and looking for support, even amidst all the stress that students face. “The most successful students know they don’t succeed on their own,” adds Gail, “and they know when to seek out help to learn how to cope.”

To learn more about Western’s mental health services, visit the Student Development Centre or go to

This article appeared in the 2012 edition of Western's Parent Connection
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