Call for reform in U of T's mental health services

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For many years, the University of Toronto has been known for being a leading institution in research on the global state, which has granted the school with amazing funds to push further in their findings. 

Here are some quick facts about the University of Toronto. 

  • It is ranked at #1 as Canada's best school, and is ranked within the top 20 schools worldwide according to Times Higher Education. 
  • Their budget for the 2019-2020 year was $2.77 billion.
  • The school is expecting a growth in revenue this coming school year, which may result in a revenue of $222 million (amounts to just under $3 billion). 
  • As of 2020, almost 100,000 students are enrolled at U of T, with almost 63,000 at the St. George campus alone.

However, even with their hefty budget, their services in regard to mental health are in dire need of reform. 

Students have demanded for change in the provided mental health services for several years now. With its questionable accessibility, this has caused students to turn to other methods, with suicide- unfortunately- being one of such methods. 

It was because of the inaccessibility of these much-needed resources that a first-year student with so much potential and a bright future committed suicide on the evening of November 2nd, 2020. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family and friends; this is a very trying time and I wish nothing but love and support for them going forward. 

Suicide at the University of Toronto has been a hot topic, but even with students calling for change, we have yet to see any change done even though the school have stated that they would do everything they could to prevent it from happening again. With their multi-billion dollar budget, they can bring about the change students have been demanding to happen. 

U of T prides itself on being one of the best universities in the world- it's high time that they hold their mental health services to the same standard. They need to stop sweeping this under the rug to save their sterling reputation and confront the situation properly, and most importantly, prove to the bright-minded students enrolled there that they do care about their wellbeing while providing the services that the students deserve.