Special Audio Series: Western Talks Mental Health


Let’s talk for a minute, Western.

The statistics are sobering – if you are age 15-24, you are more likely to experience mental illness than any other age group. That means the vast majority of this campus community is at risk. It is no wonder then that support for mental health and well-being continues to be a priority for Western.

Fortunately, we are witnessing a shift in attitudes – on university campuses and in communities across the country. People are not only willing to talk about mental health, but offer a helping hand to those suffering.

Western reminds you that counselling services are always available to assist students, faculty and staff alike. Explore our  Health and Wellness website to learn more.

Four Western community members offer first-hand insights into mental health and how the university, and society, are confronting the issue.

Give a listen. And then, let’s talk .

Listen to Alan

Listen to Alan Leschied, Professor (Faculty of Education) talk about the pressures young people face, why proper resourcing is critical and how we can create caring cultures .

Listen to Cynthia

Listen to Cynthia Gibney, Director (Health Services) debunk some of the myths around mental health and how students can seek support and support each other.

"We need to not just deal with individuals… We need to create cultures where people actually extent their care to one another and support."

"In my experience, asking someone if they’re having suicidal thoughts actually is a relief. Finally someone is allowing them to talk about these thoughts and get it out in the open."

Listen to Rick

Listen to Rick Ezekiel, Interim Senior Director of Student Experience, discuss how Western prioritizes mental health and well-being .

Listen to Melanie-Anne

Listen to Melanie-Anne Atkins, Wellness Coordinator, share some of the important services the Wellness Education Centre offers.

"Students are often navigating a new set of academic challenges."

“We meet students wherever they are at on their journey to wellness.”

Listen to Vicki

Listen to Vicki Schwean, Dean (Faculty of Education) talk about what Western is doing in the community to help young children and their families grapple with the challenges of mental health.

"For every dollar we invest in children in these early years we realize eleven dollars in savings at the end of the day. There is no better investment."