The University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, and the University of Alberta are set to receive $3 million each in provincial funding to expand student mental health and addiction services.

“Helping students learn to cope is just as important as helping them learn,” said Fred Horne, the

provincial Minister of Health. “The risks of not getting help can be lasting, even devastating.

Providing more services is the right thing to do.”

The funding will be provided over a period of three years. 

Elizabeth Cannon, the president of the University of Calgary says the money will have a direct impact of the lives of students.

“It will allow us to enrich the overall student experience and provide a broader range of services to support the unique personal and academic pressures facing students today,” says Cannon. “This type of support is critically important if they are to reach their potential in their programs, careers and lives.”

In 2012, the number of students seeking professional help for mental health issues increased.

The Graduate Students Association (GSA) is applauding the province’s move

“All of the initiatives planned with this funding will undoubtedly improve the student experience at the University of Calgary as well as promote student wellness and create more resilient citizens,” says Franco Rizzuti, the president of the GSA.