Is there a mental health crisis on universities campuses? All the reports we’ve seen shows that more students are using counseling, more students are reporting serious depression, and more students are seriously thinking about suicide. Why? What are the unique challenges facing students? What are psychiatrists, health authorities, policy makers, and universities doing about it? Which resources are available, and which aren’t?
Oh, and one more important stat: more and more Canadians are using psychiatric drugs. In 2008, 58 million prescriptions were written. Last year, 74 million were written. Is it helping?
Inspired by our recent radio diary, we’ve decided to make this a BARtalk. Come join us to chat with our expert panel:
- Kevin Solomons, clinical psychiatrist and associate professor, UBC Dept of Psychiatry, author of “Born to Be Worthless: The Hidden Power of Low Self-Esteem.”
- David Klonsky, associate professor at the UBC Dept of Psychology, and director of UBC’s Personality, Emotion, and Behavior Lab.
- Danielle Sanders, student from UBC’s Mental Health Awareness Club, and project assistant with the Mental Health Needs Assessment, a research initiative to identify areas of mental health stigma on campus.
- and Gordon Katic.
And check out the episode of The Terry Project on CiTR that inspired this event: