Students in Colleges or Universities in Atlantic Canada are confronting mental health crises on a daily basis.
The students entering now are younger and seem to lack psychological resilience.
This lack of resilience is resulting in an increased number of students seeking mental health support for depression, anxiety and drug addiction.
Unfortunately, the system is not equipped for this increased group of vulnerable young patients.
The schools have counsellors who are putting in 12 hour days.
Psychiatry is often not an option because the psychiatrist’s practices are full and they go home at 6PM for dinner.
Going to the ER is a first step for the more urgent cases.
This gets the student in front of a doctor and possibly a nurse practitioner.
This is a band aide approach to a big honking problem.
There is a need for a provincial strategy for high risk students or we will be seeing an increase in student suicides and the legal actions started by grieving parents.
Health system planners beware.