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End long wait times for Psychiatrists at UWO

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I am a current student at the University of Western Ontario and I have been suffering with depression for 5 years. Last year during finals I reached an all time low and I decided to reach out for help. I went to student health services on campus in order to be referred to one of their psychiatrists. Going to a private psychiatrist is very expensive and unrealistic for many students and people living on a budget. However, when I spoke to the receptionist I was told that I would have to wait 2 months before I could see anyone. I was shocked that a school as prestigious and wealthy as Western would have such an awful health care system. Fortunately, I was not suicidal and I was able to get through that time on my own. By the time the 2 months had gone by I no longer needed the appointment. Western needs to take mental health a lot more seriously. In this school year only, from what I am aware of, two western students committed suicide. University is a very stressful time and mental health is a major issue for many people. It takes a lot of courage to admit you need help and when you do so you expect to get that help immediately. I refuse to let my school continue to have such a pitiful health system. 

Please sign this petition so that our president and the people in charge of the university funds can see that this is an important issue to all of us. There need to be more psychiatrists and therapists hired at student health services in order to decrease wait times. Every person who goes in requesting to see a therapist should be seen immediately in order to do a safety check in the event of suicidal thoughts or plans. Appointments should be made within two weeks at the latest. Support groups should also be offered throughout the week for students with specific illnesses such as an eating disorder group, etc. 

Western University needs a wake up call and I hope this can be it. Please sign this petition and you may even save a life. 

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