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Campus Spotlight: Vent Over Tea

Many of the mental health services at McGill take place in a formal office setting, and some require a wait time from a few weeks up to two months. Vent Over Tea offers a different approach—one that requires little wait time and can take place at any café in the city.  Sarah Fennessy, co-founder of… Keep Reading

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Accommodations require standardization at McGill University

Following a two-year battle with a student and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), York University will no longer require students to disclose mental health diagnoses before receiving special treatment for exam writing, assignment extensions, and other accordances. The issue of disclosure is highly contested at McGill, but the more fundamental issue at stake is… Keep Reading

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The (happy) light at the end of the tunnel

Dark winter days may be illuminated with a new program offered by the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Mental Health Committee and McGill Mental Health Services (MMHS) called “Happy Lights.” The program seeks to treat a mood disorder that many students experience during the winter semester when the days are colder and shorter with… Keep Reading

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Boy, Interrupted: Silent crisis of men’s mental health issues on campus

There’s something you should know about Josh*. He never experienced depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns before 2013. Until then, he firmly believed he was in control of everything in his life. Josh is a well-rounded person—he’s working on his PhD at McGill, loves to travel, listens to The Velvet Underground, runs yearly marathons, and… Keep Reading

McGill Redpath Museum
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Establishing a Fall reading week at McGill

In recent years, many universities, including Brock University, Western University, and McMaster University, have implemented Fall reading weeks. The University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus will have its first Fall reading break in 2016. McGill currently does not have a Fall reading week, although the idea has been discussed several times in the past few years.… Keep Reading

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AUS endorses Divest McGill petition to BoG

On Wednesday Nov. 18, the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) endorsed Divest McGill’s petition to remove McGill’s investments in fossil fuel companies and discussed future renovations to the Arts Lounge and McLennan Library.   Divest McGill endorsement   Council approved a motion of support regarding Divest McGill’s petition to the Board of Governors (BoG). The petition,… Keep Reading

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Disclosing medical information in the work place

On Nov. 19, the Comparative Health Systems Program (CHSP), a non-profit organization within McGill, hosted a lecture on medical information privacy and its implications in the workplace. The evening’s lecture began with an image of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 1976 year-end report. Among the many issues the WHO addressed, including female genital mutilation and… Keep Reading

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SSMU moves for electoral reforms in light of recent election

On Nov. 19, the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) voted in favour of establishing an ad-hoc electoral reform committee, institutionalizing support for indigenous communities, and creating a committee to initiate and propose changes to the student health and dental plan.   Electoral Reform Committee   In response to recent and prolonged SSMU election disarray,… Keep Reading

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Evaluating postpartum depression in men

The birth of a child is typically considered to be a joyful experience; however, it can also be a stressful and difficult time in parents’ lives. Sometimes this stress can lead to conditions like antenatal depression or postpartum depression (PPD), which occur during and after pregnancy, respectively. In the past decade, research on antenatal depression… Keep Reading

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